Sue Coe: Why No Justice? 

September 11 - December 2, 2023

A painting of black man with arms crossed in the foreground and the word "Strike" written below in red ink . Background shows other men, a factory, clocks, and people sitting around a conference table looking toward the man in the foreground.

On View

Artist, illustrator, and visual journalist Sue Coe presents an unflinching look at some of society's intractable and pressing issues. Why No Justice? presents forty-six of Coe's provocative drawings and prints providing social and political commentary on domestic issues from the 1980s and 1990s that resonate today: responses to the A.I.D.S. crisis, the buildup to the Gulf War, disparities in healthcare, working conditions, housing, policing, and the rise of cable news.  

Sue Coe's Art and Activism

AIDS Won't  Wait, the Enemy is Here Not in Kuwait, 1990

Created by SMARTHISTORY, A Seeing America Video
A conversation with Monica Zimmerman, Vice President of Public Education and Engagement, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Beth Harris.

About the Artist

Since the 1970s, Sue Coe has worked at the juncture of art and social activism to expose injustices and abuses of power. Born in England in 1951, she moved to New York City in the early 1970s and made it her home; in 2012 she became an American citizen. Coe has always been ahead of the curve on social issues, her art a conduit for her progressive politics. Thinking of herself as an activist first and artist second, she has trained her gaze on a wide variety of ills, translating such diverse topics as the perils of apartheid, the life of Malcolm X, and the horror that is the American meat industry into artworks, exhibitions, and books. Coe’s graphic art, filled with unblinking politics, struck nerves when it appeared throughout the 1980s and continues to do so today.

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Special thanks to the Galerie St. Etienne, New York, for their collaboration.

Funded in part by the Social Justice Fund at the Museum of Art and Friends of the Museum of Art.


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