In Case of Race Riot II
On View: Kehinde Wiley Gallery
Part of a series that features lengths of decommissioned fire hoses, In Case of Race Riot II exemplifies Theaster Gates’s practice of civic responsibility and social engagement. The work alludes to the Civil Rights Movement and, in particular, the use of high-pressure water hoses on peaceful African American demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama, in May 1963. However, the possibility of future use of the fire hose, as suggested by the title, questions an easy acceptance of this tumultuous era of American history and points to the ongoing struggles for African Americans’ civil rights.
Wood, metal, hoses
32 x 25 x 6 in. (81.3 x 63.5 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
Purchase gift of Jill and Jay Bernstein
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Theaster Gates (American, born 1973). In Case of Race Riot II, 2011. Wood, metal, hoses, 32 x 25 x 6 in. (81.3 x 63.5 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Jill and Jay Bernstein, 2011.9. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.9_PS9.jpg)
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