Art And Resistance: Global Responses To Oppression

Art And Resistance: Global Responses To Oppression

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Faculty member: Sascha Crasnow (Residential College)

Shigeo Fukuda, Victory (Reproduction), 1976, screenprint on paper. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion, 2017/2.86 


The works selected for Art and Resistance: Global Responses to Oppression will demonstrate some of the ways artists from around the world have contested tyranny and subjugation in the last two centuries. Considering a range of topics, from demonstrations against the U.S. war in Vietnam to the legacy of colonialism in Africa and the global peace movement, students examine art as a form of political engagement. What roles have artists played inside and outside protest movements? How do artists make political work under systems of control and censorship? Students address these questions and others as they research the works on view.


Each work of art is an act of resistance in itself. It's not an example of what's happening politically. It is what's happening politically.

Dave Choberka,
Andrew W. Mellon Curator for University Learning and Programs

Works included in this collection

Exhibition Support

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, the Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Endowment Fund, and the Oakriver Foundation.

Curriculum / Collection

Explore the infinite value of art in shaping our understanding of...well, everything.

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