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Using the art and life of Thornton Dial as a point of departure, this public forum, held on April 8, 2011, explored the status of African American artists within the mainstream contemporary art world, an examination that reflects broader social, economic, and political “hard truths” within society at large. It explored the relevance of black creative expression to issues of social justice across racial boundaries. Joanne Cubbs is the Curator of the Hard Truths exhibition, and an IMA Adjunct Curator of American Art. Other forum speakers included: Greg Tate Fred Moten Julian Bond Theaster Gates Franklin Sirmans

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