The works on view here, from the George Jackson Series, demonstrate the artist’s affiliation with the Black Arts Movement, whose goal was to use art as an activist tool for the betterment of Black people. Xavier was inspired to correspond with Jackson after reading the activist-author’s Soledad Brother (1970). In the months following Jackson’s death in 1971, Xavier created these silkscreen prints. The works take the appearance of collages in which various visual ephemera—photographs of Jackson, newspaper articles covering his wrongful death, surveillance stamps from prison, handwritten envelopes, and excerpts from Jackson and Xavier’s letters—seem to be scattered across a table or tacked to a bulletin board.
Friday, May 26 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Gordon White Building (GWB), 2.204
210 24TH ST W, Austin, Texas 78705