ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The exhibition Necessary Force: Art in the Police State addresses the systemic forces in our history and our society that continue the violation of civil rights in this country. It explores this through a range of issues, including police brutality, surveillance and imprisonment, poverty, gun violence, racial profiling, as well as the power of collective protest and collective healing. The exhibition includes seminal photographs documenting the civil rights movement from the museum’s own collection.
Doctors Karen Fiss and Kymberly Pinder shared with us this morning the importance of having an exhibit like this, especially during these rather violent times, nationwide. They hope this will create opportunity for discussion around these issues.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will host a diverse program of public events with the participation of artists, scholars, law enforcement and local organizations to discuss some of the foremost civil rights issues facing our communities and nation today.
Necessary Force will be on display at UNM’s main gallery, September 11 through December 24. There will be a special opening reception Friday, September 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.