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Asking Art: "Disciplined Nonconformists"




January 17, 2013

Institution Walker Art Center

"The hope of a secure and liveable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood."—Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 21st, 2013 we celebrated the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and the work and spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Set asks one to consider how and where King is present in today's world and posits that like King himself, many artists are "disciplined nonconformists." They strive to encourage engagment with histories and presents that may be heartbreaking, taboo, sublime, commonly known, or hidden from most. The following artworks were chosen by people as echoing the concept of the disciplined nonconformist and tapping into:

  • critiques of race relations in the United States;
  • the power of the human spirit;
  • inspiring freedom;
  • and working together for the common good. 

AUDIENCES: Educators may present this Set in a classroom to accompany a facilitated discussion of the themes above. Additionally, this Set serves a general art patron interested in connecting art and visual culture to the work of MLK, Jr.

CONTEXT FOR 'Asking Art' SETS: This Set is part of Asking Art, a series of resources that connect works of art to the lives we live. 

Note: apart from the quote included at the top of this slide the quotes integrated throughout this Set were found on the King Center's website.

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Type: Instructional Set
Grades: 7-Adult
Instructional Method: Thematic Approach
Added to Site: January 17, 2013