Blanton Museum of Art presents Charles White: "Celebrating the Gordon Gift" opening day

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Charles White, Awaken from the Unknowing
Charles White, Awaken from the Unknowing, 1961, compressed and brown and gray vine charcoal with scratching out, blending, and erasing on cold-pressed illustration board, 31 x 56 in., Gift of Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon to the units of Black Studies and the Blanton Museum of Art at TheUniversity of Texas at Austin, 2014 Image courtesy of The Charles White Archives

"Celebrating the Gordon Gift" foregrounds Charles White’s connection to his contemporaries and his participation in larger social and political movements in his life-long career as an artist, activist, and educator. In particular, the exhibition places White’s career-long interest in the human figure in dialogue with Mexican modernists, including artists who worked out of the Taller de Gráfica Popular, where White visited and worked in 1947.

Drawn from the Blanton’s renowned collection of Latin American art, works by Luis Arenal, Leopoldo Méndez, and David Alfaro Siqueiros illuminate the connections between White’s graphic depictions of powerful Black figures and Mexican political printmaking and drawing traditions.

This exhibition will remain on display through December 1.

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Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701


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