Hard Truths: A Forum on Art and the Politics of Difference

New Light, 2004, Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

Using the art and life of Thornton Dial as a point of departure, this one-day public forum explored the status of African American artists within the mainstream contemporary art world, an examination that reflects broader social, economic, and political “hard truths” within society at large. It explores the relevance of black creative expression to issues of social justice across racial boundaries. Watch videos of the forum here.

Speakers included:

Julian Bond - Civil rights leader, former Georgia state legislator, and former Chairman of the NAACP
Joanne Cubbs - Curator of the Hard Truths exhibition, and IMA Adjunct Curator of American Art
Theaster Gates - Installation and performance artist, University of Chicago
Fred Moten - Writer and Associate Professor of English, Duke University
Franklin Sirmans - Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head, Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Greg Tate - Cultural critic and musician

View a complete schedule of events.

Teachers attending the forum are eligible for PGP points. Promotional support provided by WFYI.

Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN