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Ku Klux Klan Rally

Ku Klux Klan Rally

Artist: Louis Ribak (American, born Lithuania, 1903 - 1979)
Date: circa 1930
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Image: 23 3/4 × 29 3/4 in. (60.3 × 75.6 cm)
Frame: 24 15/16 × 31 × 1 3/8 in. (63.3 × 78.7 × 3.5 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Beatrice Mandelman Ribak, 2003
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2003.3.1
Description
During the depression Louis Ribak created several artworks reflecting the racial tension rampant across the country. These images of the Ku Klux Klan place the hooded figures in thick wooded areas under the cover of darkness. The nocturnal meeting adds to the secretive nature of the Klan’s activities. In addition to contributing to the ominous mood of Ribak’s painting, the foreboding setting drives home the covert nature of this Klan initiation. This foreboding is accentuated by the fact that despite being shrouded in both darkness and dense forest the participants still wear their hoods.
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