Meet Beuford Smith, one of the great social documentary photographer of the 1960s coming to Boston as part of FlashPoint Boston Festival for a talk at Lesley University’s Marran Theatre on October 20th. He is among the noted photographers whose politically and socially informed works are displayed in the current exhibition of ”Say it Loud: Art, History, Rebellion” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion is an exhibition that commemorates the 1960s rebellions, observes the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, and compares the uprisings of the past to the upheavals that shocked our nation in the 21st century. This two-part exhibition features more than 65 artworks by artists, dating from 1967 to present day.
The first part of Say It Loud will be installed outside on the Museum’s grounds, which can be accessed by visitors at any time of the day or night. Using large-scale photographs and quotes, it presents the factors that led up to the Detroit rebellion and describes what occurred in its aftermath. The second part of the exhibition will be available inside The Wright Museum during regular visiting hours. This part of the exhibition brings together more than 40 nationally recognized artists from multiple generations, and relies on works across disciplines to help illustrate the awe, tragedy and potential for transformation when the people rebel.
The Wright Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts collaborated to create two exhibitions as part of a community-wide commemoration of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. The DIA’s Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement will complement The Wright’s Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion exhibition.