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VIRTUAL ONLY: Michael Ray Charles and Cherise Smith in Conversation

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.

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Cherise Smith and Michael Ray Charles at a book signing in Austin, Texas, 2020.

The art of Michael Ray Charles addresses issues of identity that concern postmodern art and society. Charles‘ work situates viewers in a historical continuum that emphasizes the nature of 19th-century stereotypes to produce simultaneous repulsion and fascination. Among varied international exhibitions and awards, he is among the first group of artists featured in the award-winning PBS series Art 21: Art in the 21st Century. Charles is the recipient of the American Academy Rome Prize.

Cherise Smith is the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in African American Studies in the Department of African & African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research centers on African American art, the history of photography, performance, and contemporary art. She is the author of Michael Ray Charles: Studies in Blackness (University of Texas Press, 2020) which won the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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