On View
Visual Arts Gallery
Exhibition
Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.
Created by
Leonardo, Shaun, American, born 1979
Subject of
King, Rodney Glen, American, 1965 - 2012
Los Angeles Police Department, American, founded 1869
Date
2017
Medium
charcoal on paper with mirror tint on frame
Dimensions
H x W (Sheet): 30 × 45 in. (76.2 × 114.3 cm)
H x W x D (Frame): 31 1/2 × 46 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (80 × 118.1 × 3.8 cm)
Description
A framed charcoal drawing on white fibrous paper depicting a scene from the video of the Los Angeles Police Department officers brutally beating Rodney King in 1991. The drawing has a black background with King's car in white. The eleven officers present at the scene are drawn blurred in charcoal with white highlights, as they appeared in the video footage. The image of King on the ground at the center of the drawing has been removed and a mirror tint glaze applied on the underside of the frame glass, allowing the viewer to be reflected in King's place.
Place depicted
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Visual Arts
Movement
Black Lives Matter
Type
drawings
Topic
Art
Mass media
Police brutality
Race discrimination
Race relations
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center
Object number
2021.44
Restrictions & Rights
© Shaun Leonardo
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd52dbcbca5-6d79-4bcb-8ccf-c3fd4052c8e1

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