In Case of Race Riot II
On View: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
Part of a series that features lengths of decommissioned fire hoses, In Case of Race Riot II alludes to the Civil Rights Movement and, in particular, the use of high-pressure water hoses against peaceful African American demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama, in May 1963. However, the wording of the title raises the possibility of future use of the fire hose, questioning any complacent acceptance of the success of this tumultuous era of American history and pointing 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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