AGBS Reception: “Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift”

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 5:30pm

Christian Green Gallery (201 E 21st St, Austin, Texas 78705)

Join the Art Galleries at Black Studies in celebrating our fall exhibition, “Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift,” at the Christian-Green Gallery. There will be fantastic food, company, and artwork, so we hope to see you there!

The University of Texas at Austin is honored to be the home of 23 works by Charles White, one of the 20th century’s most accomplished draftsmen and influential art educators, thanks to a generous gift of art from Drs. Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon in 2014. This joint presentation celebrates the artist’s remarkable career and legacy via concurrent exhibitions at the Blanton Museum of Art and the Christian-Green Gallery on the UT campus.

Born in 1918 in Chicago, White dedicated his life and artistic practice to creating a visual archive of the Black experience in America. At the Christian-Green Gallery, “Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift” examines White’s influence on his students and other artists, especially those interested in the human figure. The exhibition includes works by Kerry James Marshall, Deborah Roberts, Michael Ray Charles, and Vincent Valdez.

Curated by Dr. Cherise Smith, Founding Executive Director of the Art Galleries at Black Studies and Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin.