The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art condemns the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, resulting from acts of racist violence. We stand united against police brutality and racial injustice. We remain steadfast in our commitment to create spaces of dialogue, equity, and inclusion through our programming and exhibitions.
Here, we re-present images from our exhibition Under Color of Law (2015), curated by Ginny Kollak, that contextualized and responded to civil unrest following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Under Color of Law featured work by five acclaimed, Black artists—Terry Adkins, Nsenga Knight, Hank Willis Thomas, Nari Ward, and Carrie Mae Weems—who explore themes of race, privilege, speech, and historical memory. The exhibition was tragically timely then and remains grievously urgent now. We reprise this exhibition, along with expanded content, to bear witness. Black Lives Matter. To be silent is to be complicit.