Thursday, March 23, 2023 (All day) - Friday, June 30, 2023 (All day)
Williams Center Gallery
Lafayette College Art Galleries

March 23 – June 30, 2023

Focus V – Shawn Beeks: Drawing from the Archive


Engaging with the recent acquisitions of Civil Rights Era photographs from the Goodman Collection, Shawn Beeks draws a series of cartoons from selected photographs that stirred his imagination as well as a slew of emotions. The combination of his immaculate line drawings and satirical tone make a poignant political platform from which Beeks critiques the perpetual presence of racism in the United States. Beeks writes, “Graphic violence drawn in a Sunday comics style doesn’t make America’s racism any easier to swallow, and it shouldn’t, but it does make it a little easier for me to draw. This may not alter the present, but I hope it can change the future.” Beeks created a new series of drawings that create a conjuncture of racialization that makes evident the connections from the Civil Rights Era with racial politics in the age of #BlackLivesMatter.

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