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Birmingham Race Riot

Contemporary Art

 Warhol’s repetitions of Charles Moore’s photographs from Birmingham, Alabama, brought the reality of police violence into art spaces at a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, after they had appeared in a Life magazine photo-essay that shocked white Americans. As today, some viewers may have felt reassured to see police violently uphold the white supremacist status quo.
MEDIUM Black ink silkscreen print on off-white moderately textured wove paper
DATES 1964
DIMENSIONS sheet: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm) frame: 27 3/4 x 31 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (70.5 x 80.6 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Chopmark lower right recto
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Gift of R. Wallace and Ruth Bowman
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Birmingham Race Riot, 1964. Black ink silkscreen print on off-white moderately textured wove paper, sheet: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of R. Wallace and Ruth Bowman, 86.285.9. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.285.9_PS6.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 445/500
IMAGE overall, 86.285.9_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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