“Defending Democracy”

Angry about politics? The economy? The exhibition “Defending Democracy” at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art might provide you with some relief. The exhibit, which features the highly politicized work of three noted artists and collectives, includes the boldly graphic, angry-yet-entertaining work of the Black Panther Party’s former Minister of Culture, Emory Douglas.

Also addressing African-American social and historical issues is Otabenga Jones & Associates, a local collective that uses art, music and video to challenge -stereotypes.

Finally, the exhibition leads viewers to Mexico’s troubled region of Oaxaca, where ASARO, the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca, was part of the 2006 populist uprising. Their prints, paintings, graffiti and graphic arts portray the often brutal struggle between federal police and local people.

See “Defending Democracy” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through September 14. 1502 Alabama. For information, call 713-529-6900 or visit www.stationmuseum.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: June 7. Continues through Sept. 14, 2008

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