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[email protected] presents Charles White: A Retrospective

November 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

“Art must be an integral part of the struggle,” Charles White insisted. “It can’t simply mirror what’s taking place. … It must ally itself with the forces of liberation.” Over the course of his four-decade career, White’s commitment to creating powerful images of African Americans—what his gallerist and, later, White himself described as “images of dignity”—was unwavering. Using his virtuoso skills as a draftsman, printmaker, and painter, White developed his style and approach over time to address shifting concerns and new audiences. In each of the cities in which he lived over the course of his career—Chicago, New York, and, finally, Los Angeles—White became a key figure within a vibrant community of creative artists, writers, and activists.

Charles White: A Retrospective is the first major museum survey devoted to the artist in over 30 years. The exhibition charts White’s full career—from the 1930s through his premature death in 1979—with over 100 works, including drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, illustrated books, record covers and archival materials.


Don’t forget to check out the MoMA pass to gain access for up to 5 people. Learn more about New Canaan Library’s collection of museum passes HERE. The exhibition is on view at The Museum of Modern Art through January 13, 2019.

Molleen Theodore is the Associate Curator of Programs at the Yale University Art Gallery and a lecturer in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art. At Yale, Molleen heads the Gallery’s Programs Department, conceptualizing and overseeing interdisciplinary programs and collaborating  across the museum, the University, and the community. At MoMA, Molleen has experimented with approaches to object-based teaching and audience engagement. She has served as a critic at the Yale School of Art and a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at Yale. Molleen holds a PH.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on the art of the 1960s and 1970s.


MoMA lectures underwritten by a generous benefactor.


Image and credit:
Charles White. Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man). 1973. Oil wash on board. 60 × 43 7/8″ (152.4 × 111.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Richard S. Zeisler Bequest (by exchange), The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, Committee on Drawings Fund, Dian Woodner, and Agnes Gund. © 1973 The Charles White Archives. Photo Credit: Jonathan Muzikar, The Museum of Modern Art Imaging Services


November 20, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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