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“Documents of Resistance - To Date” Explores Activism Amongst Artists of Color 

Documents of Resistance – To Date by Antonio Serna
March 17-April 19, 2020

The Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art at James Madison University welcomes New York-based artist Antonio Serna for a lecture and reception for his exhibition Documents of Resistance – To Date, an art and educational project that explores the intersection of art and activism within black and brown communities in the United States.

Presenting archival materials alongside historical timelines, Documents of Resistance – To Date to trace how artists developed activist practices along with their studio-based artwork. Taking 1968 as a year of focus, the exhibition looks at figures like Tom Lloyd, who opened the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Third World Liberation Strikes in California that led to the creation of different ethnic studies programs in higher education.

“Bringing Documents of Resistance – To Date to JMU allows us to bring forward less visible histories within contemporary art,” said Beth Hinderliter, director of Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art. “We have an opportunity to critically examine the enmeshed legacies of art and activism.”

Serna is a member of the Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Working Group, which supports the livelihood and rights of creative communities. He is also a member of the artists of color bloc, an advocacy group that focuses on the intersectional conditions of artists, workers and communities of color. He attended the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam, received a B.F.A. from the Parsons School of Design and an M.F.A. from the Brooklyn College at the City University of New York. Originally from Texas, Serna lives and works in New York City.


Artist Lecture and Opening Reception: March 16, 5-7 p.m., Gallery Courtyard

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