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Starless Midnight

20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

In the impromptu acceptance speech Dr Martin Luther King gave for his honorary degree from Newcastle University he spoke of three urgent problems throughout the world: ‘the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war’. Despite the advancements of civil rights since he spoke these words, they still ring true today and are set against a backdrop of political Populism and ‘post-truth’.

Co-curated by leading artist Edgar Arceneaux who has worked extensively with Dr King’s archive and BALTIC’s Chief Curator Laurence Sillars, BALTIC presents a major group exhibition of international artists whose work, each in its own way, sheds light upon this contemporary condition within a framework of the important legacies of Dr. King. A solo presentation of Arceneaux’s work will be mounted simultaneously.

Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux received a BFA from the Art Center College of Design and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. His work is committed to the exploration of the relationship between art and social space and has included extensive research into the work of Dr King. Arceneaux has had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Kitchen, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Museum fr Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland and, most recently, at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Mass.

Part of Freedom City 2017
Freedom City 2017 is a city-wide programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King being awarded an honorary degree by Newcastle University.

Dr Martin Luther King was one of the world’s greatest civil rights leaders, using the power of words and acts of non-violent protest to achieve seemingly impossible goals. His campaigns against racial inequality, poverty and war are renowned and his accomplishments studied worldwide.