Free Speech and Art Activism: A Self-Guided Tour and Display Inspired by the Common Reading Program

November 1, 2019
11:00 am–1:00 pm
Museum Galleries, Study Room & Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library

Join in the discussion around WashU's Common Reading Program for this year, Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship by Nadine Strossen, with artworks from the Kemper Art Museum’s collection and the special exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life.

At the Museum, enjoy a self-guided tour in the galleries and Study Room where a number of artworks will be on view that relate to the book’s themes of free speech and activism. The artworks span the 1960s to today and include a photograph by Bruce Davidson, Arrest of a Demonstrator, from the series Time of Change (1963), which documents a defining era of the American civil rights movement; a print by Nicole Eisenman, Tea Party (2012), that is a commentary on the eponymous political movement that emerged in early 2009 during President Barack Obama’s first term in office; and works by Ai Weiwei, the renowned dissident artist and activist whose practice addresses themes of political, ethical, and social urgency.

The Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library will feature books that complement the tour and address the themes of art, activism, and censorship.

Image credit

Bruce Davidson (American, b. 1933), Arrest of a Demonstrator, from the series Time of Change, 1963. Gelatin silver print, 8 x 11 15/16". Gift of Jan and Ronald Greenberg, 2012.