Flagler College and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum welcome artist Michael Ray Charles for an artist talk on Thursday, October 14 at 6pm. This
Flagler College and the
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum welcome artist Michael Ray Charles for an artist talk
on Thursday, October 14 at 6pm. This event is Sponsored by Flagler college’s Department of Visual Arts
and Supported by the Kenan Charitable Trust.
Michael Ray Charles is
a contemporary American painter. His work explores historic African American
stereotypes from the Antebellum South, appropriating images from advertising
and pop culture to expose the underlying racism prevalent in contemporary
culture. Charles creates a mimetic vocabulary of cultural, racial, and
historicized images to subvert those themes and explore surviving caricatures
that continue to appear in popular media, such as Aunt Jemima or Sambo.
“Stereotypes have evolved. I’m trying to deal with present and past stereotypes
in the context of today’s society,” the artist has said. Born in Lafayette, LA
in 1967, he went on to earn his BFA from McNeese State University and his MFA
from the University of Houston. His work has been both critically celebrated
and the source of controversy, and in 2001 Charles was the subject of an Art:21
short documentary. He was appointed as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished
Professor of Painting in 2014 at the University of Houston’s School of Art, and
he has exhibited internationally, notably in the Austin Museum of Art, the Knox
Art Gallery, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
48 Sevilla Street