Artist’s Talk: Michael Ray Charles with Cherise Smith
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 – Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Presented by artist Michael Ray Charles and author Cherise Smith
The new publication Michael Ray Charles is the most comprehensive monograph to date featuring the work of an artist who rose to prominence in the 1990s for works that engaged American stereotypes of African Americans.
With a background in advertising and the inquisitiveness of an archivist, Michael Ray Charles (born 1967) makes startling use of found images and offers critiques of the narratives they foster. Michael Ray Charles, by Cherise Smith, celebrates and contextualizes Charles and his role in defining what art is today. Copies of the book are available for purchase.
In this talk, Charles and Smith discuss his practice over the past three decades. Topics range from controversy over Charles’s provocative appropriations of stereotypical racial material to his techniques of sampling pop culture, and from his commentaries on African American men and sports to working with director Spike Lee on the film Bamboozled.
About the Speakers
Michael Ray Charles is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting at the University of Houston. Cherise Smith is associate professor of African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Drop in! This event is free. On Thursdays, Museum general admission is free, courtesy of Shell Oil Company.
The talk takes place in the American General conference room on the mezzanine level of the Beck Building. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
HOURS & ADMISSION
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- MFAH Members FREE
- Adults $15
- Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
- Military (with ID) $10
- College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
- Youth (13–18) $7.50
- Children (12 & younger) FREE
- Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- Street Parking
Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.
Two Parking Garages
Parking Garage HoursOpen daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking Garage Fees
- Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
- The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
Special Offers / Dining
Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.
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