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Based on the video, which was not a part of Benny Andrews’s biography?
He preferred to be called an activist artist
He was of mixed racial heritage
He was the son of sharecroppers in Georgia
He taught art to prisoners in jail
Which is a possible interpretation for the unfinished quality of this painting?
It suggests the painting has been changed, damaged, or restored over the years
It suggests the influence of earlier paintings of the American flag by Jasper Johns
It suggests a work in process similar to the ongoing move toward Civil Rights
It suggests the artist’s hesitation to use art to express his political opinions
The speakers interpret the flag in Andrew’s painting in all the following ways except
Something that confines and traps the man in the painting
Something that promises freedom and democracy
Something that provides comfort and protection
Something that seems static and unchanging
Something that hides the man in the painting from view
What was the purpose of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition that Andrews co-founded in 1969?
To promote the presence of African-American artists and curators in the art world
To organize “Harlem on My Mind,” an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
To create protest posters and other activist art against Jim Crow laws
To help raise funds in support of the Civil Rights movement
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In the 1960s, the Civil Rights movement promised greater equality for African-Americans, who struggled for visibility and equal rights.
It isn’t clear how Andrews intends us to interpret the relationship between the man and the American flag in this painting. The flag may symbolize the promise of freedom and democracy, or it may suggest that the United States remains a hostile environment for African-Americans.
The artist’s experience as the son of sharecroppers in Georgia and in the racially-divided New York art world led him to advocate for greater equality in society, as well as within the cultural sector.
The 1960s was an era of protest by many different groups, many of which used art in their campaigns. For an artist involved in activist causes, why do you think Benny Andrews left the meaning of Flag Day so unclear?