Art And Response
Michael D’Antuono’s art is meant to challenge people to think more deeply about serious issues and inspire them to improve sociopolitical conditions. The paintings and the site are meant to encourage meaningful discourse. We encourage you to have your voice heard and welcome your thoughts under each piece of art.
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Why War? exhibit

June 24th, 2015

 

Why is America mired in a costly, perpetual state of war? Come to D.C. on June 30th for the opening of the art exhibit, "WHY WAR?" and see the unveiling of Michael's painting, Profit & Loss' to find out. The exhibit will take place at D.C.'s favorite gathering place for artists and activists, Busboys & Poets. The opening reception will be held on the 30th between 7-9 p.m. at 5th and K Streets NW. The exhibit runs through to July 11th. This is the painting and the exhibit that is set to launch the new anti-war movement with plans to bring together representatives from the nation's various peace organizations for a possible convention around the closing of of this exhibit hosted by American University.

Why is America mired in a costly, perpetual state of war? Come to D.C. on June 30th for the opening of the art exhibit, “WHY WAR?” and see the unveiling of Michael’s painting, Profit & Loss’ to find out. The exhibit will take place at D.C.’s favorite gathering place for artists and activists, Busboys & Poets. The opening reception will be held on the 30th between 7-9 p.m. at 5th and K Streets NW. The exhibit runs through to July 11th. This is the painting and the exhibit that is set to launch the new anti-war movement with plans to bring together representatives from the nation’s various peace organizations for a possible convention around the closing of of this exhibit hosted by American University.

Audio Interview on Talk Radio News Service

April 23rd, 2015

(TRNS) – American contemporary artist Michael D’Antuono spoke with TRNS about his newest painting “The Talk,” as well as his other profoundly politically and socially driven works.

“The Talk” depicts a black mother and father looking at their young son pensively while a TV screen in the background shows the photo of a now deceased smiling black boy beside a white police officer with the words “No Indictment In Police Shooting Of Unarmed Black Youth” set along the bottom of the television screen.

“It’s been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic Selma to Montgomery marches. Contrast that progress to 2014, which saw police officers in several cities killing unarmed African Americans without risk of indictment. I doubt that Dr. King would have ever dreamed that in 2015, African American parents would still find it necessary to warn their young sons about the dangers of being black in America,” the painting’s caption reads.

MANIFEST JUSTICE

April 23rd, 2015
Michael D'Antuono, Rosario Dawson, Shepard Fairey, Danny Glover, Manifest Justice

Above: Michael D’Antuono at Manifest Justice with Rosario Dawson, Shepard Fairey and Danny Glover

Michael’s “The Talk” was chosen by a panel including John Legend and Russell Simmons to represent institutional racism at the Manifest Justice exhibition in L.A. Manifest Justice presented Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin with a large giclee of “The Talk” following her speech. The event focuses on racial justice, economic justice, police brutality, mass incarceration and more. It runs from May 1-10 in Los Angeles.

Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin's mother) with her giclee of  "The Talk."

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton with her giclee of Michael D’Antuono’s “The Talk.”

Below are links to some of the press about the event:

http://www.alternet.org/culture/radical-culture-new-show-features-art-inspires-people-fight-injustice

http://voicewaves.org/2015/05/at-manifest-justice-exhibit-life-reflects-art/

http://www.la.com/ci_28026328/political-pop-up-art-exhibit-manifest-justice?source=most_viewed

http://www.lasentinel.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15086&catid=122&Itemid=261

 

Michael Speaks on Activism & The Arts

February 14th, 2015

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Come join Michael at Worcester State University on Friday, April 17, 2015 for “A NIght of Activism and the Arts” where he will exhibit some of his best known paintings and speak about the impact art can have on social movements. This event is free and open to the public.

Vibe | Artist Michael D’Antuono Depicts ‘The Talk’ Black Parents Have With Their Son About Police

January 20th, 2015

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By: Shenequa Golding

Black mothers and fathers across the country at some point have had to have “the talk” with their sons, to teach them how to act when encountering police, and most importantly, how to stay alive.

Artist Michael D’ Antuono created a powerful painting portraying what many African-American parents experience when trying to explain to their sons the gross injustice surrounding the killings of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice or the many other young black men killed by the hands of law enforcement. (more…)

EclectaBlog | On MLK Day Michael D’Antuono’s art depicts how far we have yet to go on race relations in America

January 19th, 2015

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As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day across the country, artist Michael D’Antuono released his latest painting called “The Talk”. Here’s what D’Antuono has to say about his piece:

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