feature: “michael brown art exhibit opened in chicago and cops are furious”

July 13, 2015

Checkout the new art exhibit centered on the murder of Michael Brown (the unarmed black teen killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson). The Gallery Guichard exhibition, featuring a life-size portrayal of Brown laying face-down on the ground, is bringing back media attention to police brutality, and – as reported by Counter Current News – is riling up the police: “Art enthusiasts in Chicago say the police have been anything but happy with the display. On message boards and social media posts circulating the debut, self-described police officers had nothing nice to say about the display.” Out of the 50 pieces by artist Ti-Rock Moore, the display also includes a plaque with the words “I can’t breathe” – the last words of Eric Garner, choked to death by New York City police officers. See some images from the exhibit below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section. The exhibit – which has reportedly received the blessings of Mike Brown’s family – has been met by some criticism within the black community, with people arguing that it profits from black pain. Do you feel it’s going too far or is it the role of art to make us feel uncomfortable? Sound off! Note: the Michael Brown installation in the exhibition is not for sale.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor