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High Museum of Art commemorates 50th anniversary of historic Olympics protest

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High Museum of Art commemorates 50th anniversary of historic Olympics protest

Image #: 13530908 American athletes Tommie Smith (middle, gold medal) and John Carlos (right, bronze medal) at the Award Ceremony for the 200m race at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, October 16, 1968. The Olympics Black Power salute was a notable black power protest and one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympic Games. DPA/LANDOV
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Image #: 13530908 American athletes Tommie Smith (middle, gold medal) and John Carlos (right, bronze medal) at the Award Ceremony for the 200m race at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, October 16, 1968. The Olympics Black Power salute was a notable black power protest and one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympic Games. DPA/LANDOV (Photo provided by the High Museum of Art.)

In honor of the 50th anniversary of a historic 1968 Olympics Black Power protest, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is featuring an exhibition of collaborative art from one of the protestors himself and Glenn Kaino.

The protest took place during an Olympic medal ceremony on Oct. 16, 1968. African-American Athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who won gold and bronze medals, respectively, each raised a black-gloved fist during the national anthem while they were on the podium.

The show at the High Museum, titled “With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith,” will commemorate “this vital moment in civil rights history,” according to a press release from the High. Much of the work comes from a multi-year collaboration between Smith – who now resides in Stone Mountain – and Kaino, a Los Angeles-based artist.

Introducing several new works, the exhibition features sculptural installations and drawings by Kaino and Smith, excerpts from a documentary about Smith’s life and his collaboration with Kaino, objects from the Tommie Smith Archives and a series of drawings contributed by students from across the United States.

The show is on view now and will last until Feb. 3, 2019. Tickets can be purchased here.

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