Artistic Responses to Crime, Violence, and Injustice

Corrina Riess Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Peter Wang Butler University
Art is all around us, and every artist has a different motive or story they want to tell. While some artists choose to portray everyday subjects that they like, such as their families or nature, others choose to portray and respond to events happening in society. Many of these events are positive, but it is the response that an artist creates for a negative, sometimes even violent or unjust event that adds a new level of power to their work. For some artists, these responses are a one-time thing, and they resume their typical style once they have gotten their messages across. Other artists, however, find their entire style and career altered by an event, and seek to continue to raise awareness and gain exposure about a particular event or even group of people in society. Responses to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, and even responses to localized serial killer activity in the mid to late 1970’s all became subjects of many pieces of work that not only highlight what is wrong with society, but do so from a perspective that highlights issues of race, issues of gender, and issues of sexuality during these times.
Art/Art History
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:45 AM
Lilly Hall 141