The loudest tools of social revolution are not the only ones that bring about lasting change.
The soldier has a gun; the protester has a voice; and in a world that fractures easily, the artist is left to deliberate how he or she might fill gaps.
With natural tools — eyes, ears, hands, hearts — and those that are man-made — a paintbrush, a pencil fashioned from craggy charcoal — artists participate in political conversations around them in a quieter yet no less emphatic way.
As Black History Month begins, and a new year still finds its footing, the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology is displaying works by black American artists — works that show us the world they lived in and, in some cases, the world they wanted to inhabit. Read the rest of the Columbia Tribune article here!