Bearing artistic witness in the 60s
By Mark Feeney
| Globe Staff August 30, 2014
HANOVER, N.H. The first image in Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties is Barkley L. Hendrickss painting Lawdy Mama. As an introduction to the show a bracing mix of dynamism, ideology, and confrontation it could hardly be bettered. Witness runs through Dec. 14 at the Hood Museum of Art, at Dartmouth College.
There are almost as many styles: Africana, Abstract Expressionism, color field, Pop, Social Realism, even bits of Cubism (two Romare Bearden collages). Its an exhibition that not only can find room for Yoko Ono and Norman Rockwell, George Tooker and Robert Rauschenberg, it finds a way to make them cohere.