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A House Divided: Exhibition Guide

Guide to Lowe Art Museum Exhibition on Racial Justice
This guide is designed to accompany the exhibition at Lowe Art Museum entitled A House Divided by artist and University of Miami Associate Professor of Sculpture, Billie Grace Lynn.
The exhibition features Lynn's latest works: the sculptural interpretation of a 26-foot tall hoodie and an 18-foot tall mirrored, kinetic obelisk modeled on the iconic Washington Monument. In America, the hoodie is a garment stereotypically associated with black male youth. The sculpture aims to encourage introspection by privileged white viewers as well as to represent the enormity of the problem of racial injustice in the U.S. The exhibition will provoke viewers to reflect on pressing issues in contemporary culture and politics such as civic engagement and discourse, divisiveness, identity politics, and the fragile nature of democracy. A past installation of Lynn's work, The Hoodie Project, was part of Social Justice Week in January, 2019 at the University of Miami. (Read more about the exhibition and other summer exhibitions at the Lowe here.)

A House Divided opens on June 20th, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124.

In this guide, under the "resources" tab, you will find materials such as books, ebooks, articles, and online resources that can accompany and inform your experience of the exhibition.
Contact information
Do you have questions? Comments? Feedback on the exhibition?

Reach out at:
Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive, 
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-6310
General Information: 305.284.3535

Fax: 305.284.2024
Selected Books

Print Books
Adams, M., Bell, L., & Griffin, P. (Eds.). 2007. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Baldwin, James. 1993. The Fire Next Time. New York: Vintage International. 

Butler, Paul. 2017. Chokehold: Policing Black Men. New York: The New Press.

Cone, James. 2011. The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Orbis Books.

Davis, Angela, Y. 2003. Are Prisons Obsolete? Seven Stories Press: New York

Dyson, Eric Michael. 2018. What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America. St. Martin’s Press.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years. 2010. PBS Home Video. (DVD) 

Fleming, Crystal. 2018. How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide. Beacon Press.

Harding, Vincent. 1993. There is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America. Mariner Books.

Higginbotham, A. Leon Jr. 1978. In the Matter of Color: Race and the American Legal Process. New York: Oxford University Press.

hooks, bell. 1996. Killing Rage: Ending Racism. New York: Holt and Co.

Ikard, David. (2013) Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st Century America. Indiana University Press.

Irving, Deborah Kittredge. 2014. Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Cambridge, MA: Elephant Room Press

Kendi, Ibram X. 2016. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Bold Type Books: New York

Lugalia-Hoolon, Ryan; Cooper, Daniel. 2018. The War on Neighborhoods: Policing, Prison, and Punishment in a Divided City. Boston: Beacon Press.

Mills, Charles W. 2017. Black Rights, White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism. Oxford University Press.

Oluo, Ijeoma. 2018. So You Want to Talk about Race. New York, NY: Seal Press.

Riggs, Marlon T., Esther. Rolle, KQED-TV, Signifyin' Works, and California Newsreel. (2004) Ethnic Notions. (DVD) 

Sowell, Thomas. 2019. Discrimination and Disparities. Basic Books.

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. 2016. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. Haymarket Books.

Ward, Jesmyn. 2016. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Talks about Race. New York: Scribner.

Alexander, Michelle. 2012. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press.

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 2014. Racism without Racists : Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America. (4th ed.) Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Carruthers, Charlene A. 2018. Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Social Movements. Beacon Press. 
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. 2015. Between the World and Me. Penguin Random House. 

DiAngelo, Robin J. 2018. White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. Beacon Press. 

Fredrickson, George M. 2002. Racism: A Short History. Princeton University Press. 

Gordon, Colin. 2008. Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City. U Penn Press. 
Mills, Charles. 1997. The Racial Contract. Cornell University Press. 
Muhammad, Khalil. 2011. The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. Harvard Press. 
Stevenson, Bryan. 2015. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Penguin Random House.

Yancy, George; Janine Jones, and Ebrary Inc. 2013. Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics. Lanham: Lexington. 
The American Civil Liberties Union was founded after the first World War. Today, ACLU “continues to fight government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy and much more. The ACLU stands up for these rights even when the cause is unpopular, and sometimes when nobody else will.” 

"The Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes."

A collection of racist imagery at Ferris State University as well as educational materials. 

Million Hoodies Movement for justice is a human rights organization dedicated to ending gun violence and reimagining safety and justice for all communities. 

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. The program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias.

A companion website to Alexander's book.

"The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality."
Resources for Children
An online resource listing children's literature that can help instill empathy and inspire actions on behalf of social justice. 

An online resource for teaching young children about social justice through age-appropriate literature and other resources. 

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