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Reflections on Race in the Work of Robert Colescott and Thornton Dial

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Reflections on Race in the Work of Robert Colescott and Thornton Dial

Robert Colescott (1925–2009), a highly educated and widely traveled Californian, produced a body of paintings characterized by their references to the European art-historical canon and their sophisticated critique of racial and gender stereotypes.

Thornton Dial (born 1928), known for his mixed media assemblages, was raised in poverty in Alabama and is frequently described as an "outsider" artist.

This talk considers how Colescott and Dial offered unique visual responses to racism, racial stereotypes, and the civil rights movement. It is presented by Jenny McComas, the IU Art Museum's Class of 1949 Curator of Western Art after 1800.

12:15–1 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art, first floor
Indiana University