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Art Under Fire Activist Art at the SL Art Center

Exhibition Review: Salt Lake
Art Under Fire
Activist Art at the SL Art Center
by Ehren Clark

Art speaks with many voices. Historically, it has furthered authoritative needs (both secular and religious), strengthen cultural ties, and even served as a mouthpiece for its own sake. Since the sixties, art’s activist voice has played an increasing role in the agenda of many artists, and today continues to be as loud as it is pervasive, covering walls of galleries and art fairs and filling the pages of art magazines. The current exhibition at the Salt Lake Art Center, Liberties Under Fire: The ACLU of Utah at 50, is a collection of five nationally-recognized artists whose voices speak boldly, angrily, heatedly, ironically about humanitarian aims the ACLU has fostered. The exhibit makes me wonder if now, after fifty years of crusading for civil liberties, the voice that demanded these liberties along with the ACLU demanding these liberties has become a cacophony of polemics…

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