Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice

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Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice
Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice
$34.95
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- Accompanies major exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, 8 March-8 September 2024, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami FL, 28 September 2024-5 January 2025, Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, 6 September-29 November 2025, and Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, OH, 20 June 20-13 September 2026, with other venues to be confirmed

- Engaging imagery intended for general audiences and young people with an interest in African American history, art, and social justice

William H. Johnson painted his Fighters for Freedom series in the mid-1940s as a tribute to African American activists, scientists, teachers, and performers as well as international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. He celebrated their accomplishments even as he acknowledged the realities of racism, violence, and oppression they faced and overcame. Some of his Fighters?--?Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson, and Mohandas Gandhi?--?are familiar historical figures; others are less well-known individuals whose determination and sacrifice have been eclipsed over time. Johnson elevates their lives visually, offering historical insights and fresh perspectives. Through their stories he suggests that the pursuit of freedom is an ongoing, interconnected struggle, with moments of both triumph and tragedy, and he invites us to reflect on our own struggles for justice today. In Fighters for Freedom Johnson reminds us that individual achievement and commitment to social justice are at the heart of the American story.

Description

- Accompanies major exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, 8 March-8 September 2024, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami FL, 28 September 2024-5 January 2025, Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, 6 September-29 November 2025, and Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, OH, 20 June 20-13 September 2026, with other venues to be confirmed

- Engaging imagery intended for general audiences and young people with an interest in African American history, art, and social justice

William H. Johnson painted his Fighters for Freedom series in the mid-1940s as a tribute to African American activists, scientists, teachers, and performers as well as international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. He celebrated their accomplishments even as he acknowledged the realities of racism, violence, and oppression they faced and overcame. Some of his Fighters?--?Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson, and Mohandas Gandhi?--?are familiar historical figures; others are less well-known individuals whose determination and sacrifice have been eclipsed over time. Johnson elevates their lives visually, offering historical insights and fresh perspectives. Through their stories he suggests that the pursuit of freedom is an ongoing, interconnected struggle, with moments of both triumph and tragedy, and he invites us to reflect on our own struggles for justice today. In Fighters for Freedom Johnson reminds us that individual achievement and commitment to social justice are at the heart of the American story.

ISBN
9781785515354
Publication Date
March 22, 2024
Binding
Paperback
Item Condition
New