WELCOME TO #ArtForJustice VIRTUAL GALLERY
We have received an outpouring of submissions nationwide and globally and we are so grateful. Our virtual gallery curators are working diligently to include submissions that come in the last few hours and we will include them as soon as we can. Please return to this site as we continue to add more artwork of solidarity.
‘Enter to Change the Cycle of History’ are the words written on the concrete before you enter the virtual art gallery. From the entrance of the exhibit, you see a clenched fist sculpture located at the center, symbolizing our fight for justice and commemorating George Floyd, a man raised right here in Houston. In curating this work, we pay tribute to the countless Black brothers and sisters we’ve lost to police brutality and invite you to share this space in thoughtful reflection.
Darkness evokes feelings of distress, danger, and defenselessness. Yet, the brightest light is found in the darkest places. The natural light that glows into the space from the skylight above will guide you through the gallery. We want the light to be your direction and allow you to experience it in a counterclockwise path, changing the cycle of history. Let yourself experience the emotions of artists around the world and hear their voices from their artistic renderings.
The entry of the gallery is embraced in a rough, rocky formation, representing the chaotic time in which we currently find ourselves. The trees at the end of the hallway symbolize life and hope that still exists during these tumultuous times. The art on the walls is our voices to honor George Floyd and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement. At the end of your journey, you will exit the museum through a more orderly smooth exit, symbolizing our hope for the future.
We thank all the following individuals and Institutions for their generous contributions:
California Polytechnic State University, Center for Expressive Technologies
Judge KP George
Sri Preston Kulkarni
We would also like to give special thanks to our Visual Authors Desiree Moraes and Karen Arrioja.
Music credit: Black Lives Matter Beat produced by FANA
When the Revolution Comes by The Last Poets
Freedom by Various Artists
Glory by Common & John Legend
Rise Up by Andra Day
Stand up Something by Andra Day
Fight the Power by Public Enemy
Black Rage by Lauryn Hill
Changes by Tupac
I can by Nas
Fabulous by Jaheim (particularly the end)
A change is gonna come by Sam Cooke
Say it Loud – Im Black and Im Proud by James Brown
Oh Freedom by the Golden Gospel Singers
I’ll take you there by the Staple Singers
Love and Happiness by Al Green
What’s going on by Marvin Gaye
Stand by Me by Ben E King
Lean on Me by Bill Withers
Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh
This is America by Childish Gambino
We the People by A Tribe Called Quest