Exhibitions at two campus sites celebrate Charles White’s practice and legacy
The Blanton Museum of Art and the Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) at The University of Texas at Austin will present two exhibitions featuring works by Charles White. In 2014, Drs. Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon gifted their collection of White’s works to the university; the collection is stewarded by the units of Black Studies and the Blanton. The Gordons’ gifts and select acquisitions make UT home to one of the most significant collections of works by Charles White, with 23 drawings and prints, as well as a rare large-scale painting.
The AGBS exhibition Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift will be on view in the Christian-Green Gallery from August 28 to November 30, 2019. The Blanton’s exhibition Charles White: Celebrating the Gordon Gift will be on view in the museum’s Paper Vault from September 7, 2019 to December 1, 2019. The exhibitions are accompanied by a cataloguepublished by Tower Books, an imprint of UT Press.
“With these exhibitions, we are honored to celebrate the Gordons’ generous gift to the university and Charles White’s enduring legacy alongside our collaborators at Black Studies,” said Blanton director Simone Wicha. “The University is proud to display works by one of the most accomplished draftsmen and influential arts educators of the 20th century. White’s strikingly rendered images of both heroic and everyday Black figures imbued with power and dignity are sure to provide inspiration and resonate with both the audiences we welcome and the students we teach here at the university.”
“It is Black Studies’ honor to celebrate Drs. Susan and Edmund Gordon, whose donation made The University of Texas at Austin a crucial destination to research Charles White, African American art, and social realism,” said Dr. Cherise Smith, Chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Department, the founding executive director of the Art Galleries at Black Studies, and curator. “Lifelong friends, the Whites and Gordons were dedicated to advocating for children, education, and equity for Black people. We hope visitors will take home a new-found appreciation of White’s significant contribution to 20th-century art.”
For more information on the exhibitions, visit The Blanton’s press release.