El Paso Museum of History
El Paso Museum of History

El Paso Museum of History Opens New Exhibition: Black Survival Guide, or How to Survive a Police Riot

The El Paso Museum of History invites the community to view a new exhibition, Black Survival Guide, or How to Survive a Police Riot, opening Thursday, April 21.

The exhibit features works from the Delaware Art Museum, which commissioned artist, Hank Willis Thomas, to respond to the powerful and community-changing public response that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. Thomas incorporated a unique physical and visual viewing experience by combining images and text on 13 retroreflective screens, activating the pages of the survival guide when a flash of light catches the News Journal photographs underneath.

 

“The El Paso Museum of History is pleased to showcase Black Survival Guide, or How to Survive a Police Riot by globally recognized artist, Hank Willis Thomas,” said El Paso Museum of History Director, Erica Marin. “His work is thought-provoking and innovative. We look forward to the community’s interaction with the exhibition and hope for constructive and educational dialogues to emerge.”

Programs to accompany the exhibit include talks about solidarity between El Paso’s Black and Mexican communities, workshops, a family day, a community charrette, and a fashion show featuring Imperial Legacy and Ni en More. Downtown visitors can take part in the exhibition across the city by scanning QR codes placed throughout downtown and Central El Paso to highlight our city’s Black history.

Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot by Hank Willis Thomas is organized by Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware with support provided by Art Bridges.

 

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