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Break Glass: A Conversation to End Hate by Artist V.L. Cox | April 19, 2018 - Beginning of September (TBD), 2018

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The Rosa Parks Museum is excited to announce the opening of our summer exhibition, "Break Glass: A Conversation to End Hate" by artist V.L. Cox. The End Hate Project is a narrative body of work that looks at our history of discrimination, gender issues, and social culture. The powerful pieces convey messages that are aggressive, violent, disturbing, irreverent, and even humorous, but all show us as a society where we’ve been before and where we cannot allow ourselves to go again.

V.L. Cox was born in Shreveport Louisiana and raised in Arkansas. She acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Henderson State University in 1991. Cox comes from a long line of artists. Her father is an illustrator and engineer and her great grandmother, from Old Washington, Arkansas, was a painter who graduated in 1909 from Lindenwood College for Women in St. Charles, Missouri with a degree in fine art. Her work is now in the permanent collection of the Historic Arkansas Museum. Interesting enough, the museum acquired a piece of Cox's, as well, for their collection--two generations of artists from the same family born over 74 years apart.

Cox's recent work has been highly active in projects that involve human rights and equality. In 2015, she launched her National "End Hate" Installation Series, an anti-discrimination series that was placed twice on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol and at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This series employs authentic and found objects that create a visceral presentation commenting on raw emotions and relevant human rights issues that continue to be important topics in the 21st century. The work sets in motion strong emotions and her creations are powerful, imaginative and unprecedented in style. Cox has a keen and sensitive eye for three-dimensional detail and it's impact on all aspects of design and composition in a work of art. In the eyes of the observers, Cox's paintings combine composition and depth, which are powerful and compel the viewer to interact with the artwork.

Cox understands how to draw the viewer into her work through her experience with working with large audiences. While working as an artist in Dallas, Texas, Cox worked in the scenic industry constructing and painting large backdrops for theatrical organizations such as the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Ballet, and the Los Colinas Film Studios. Some of the productions include: The Nutcracker and Phantom of the Opera. Cox also painted the background for the National Civil Rights Humanities Awards in Memphis, Tennessee where Leah Rabin, wife of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, spoke and presented the award for freedom.

www.vlcox.com

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Community Gallery

EO 9981: Escaping Jim Crow | November 9, 2017 - June 1, 2018

PosterDuring World War II, African American airmen served with distinction in segregated units within the Army Air Forces. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981, ending segregation in the US Armed Forces. By 1950, the Air Force led the way by integrating its units and bases, including Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

Working on bases allowed black service members and civilians to escape Jim Crow laws. Rosa Parks worked as a seamstress at Maxwell and her husband, Raymond, was a barber. “You might just say Maxwell opened my eyes up,” said Mrs. Parks. “It was an alternative reality to the ugly policies of Jim Crow.” Unfortunately, discrimination delayed progress within ranks and among civilian employees. “I did not experience any unpleasant incidents, but sometimes on base there were problems with individuals,” said Rosa Parks.

The days of Jim Crow have passed. Since World War II, service men and women from all backgrounds have made remarkable achievements. Yet, the pursuit toward equality continues.

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