Throughout history, artists have protested war and injustice, struggled for peace and progress, and imagined Utopian futures. Spanning the 18th century to the present, this talk by John Murphy, PhD, the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints, will offer a brief overview of art and activism, drawing on examples from the University of San Diego’s growing collection of fine art prints. We will consider how artists such as William Hogarth, Francisco de Goya, Käthe Kollwitz, Elizabeth Catlett, and Charles White have used printmaking as a medium to critique society, to encourage empathy and action, and to promote positive social change. Bridges Academy is a continuing education program hosted by the University of San Diego Office of Planned Giving.
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