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“A Study in Blackness and Black Identity”
Cherise Smith, Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, UT Austinty

Thursday, February 4, 2021 – 3:15pm to 4:30pm

Scholar Cherise Smith discusses the art of Michael Ray Charles, an artist who rose to prominence in the 1990s for works that engaged American stereotypes of Black Americans. Based on her research and collaboration with the artist to produce the recent book, Michael Ray Charles, Smith addresses Charles’ redeployment of stereotypical images from the indexes of Black Americana, popular culture, and politics.

Discussion moderated by Bridget R. Cooks, Exhibition curator and Associate Professor of African American Studies and Art History, University of California, Irvine.