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Birmingham Museum of Art commemorating Civil Rights Movement through eyes of contemporary artists

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The Birmingham Museum of Art is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of several contemporary artists.

"Nearly fifty years after a bomb blast killed six children on a warm Sunday in Birmingham, the Birmingham Museum of Art plans to memorialize the Civil Rights Movement by showcasing contemporary art as a channel for dialogue surrounding the subjects of race, identity, activism, and equality," said the museum in a news release. "The series, Art Speaks: 50 Years Forward will present five different projects, displayed in various media including performance and digital art, photography, painting, and sculpture by world-renowned artists Theaster Gates, Shinique Smith, Jefferson Pinder, Dawoud Bey, and Hank Willis Thomas many others."

The Birmingham Museum of Art presents the series in conjunction with the city-wide commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham.

The community can catch Theaster Gates' performance April 25th which is titled, "Tis So Sweet Or I Need Sugar Lawd."

"Performance and visual artist Theaster Gates will imagine for this performance talk a set of musical encounters that examine the relationship between human desire, public ecstasy and artistic practice. With musical support from the Black Monks of Mississippi, Gates will share new stories from the north, old stories from the east, and nearly audible fragments from the eternal. This body of work will be recorded live and will be the basis for Gates' most recent performative endeavor "Songs From the Storefront," according to the museum.

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