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Wednesday 10.04.06

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PSU’s MFA Monday Night Lecture Series Begins

Robert A. Pruitt to open the series October 9th

Low Rider Art, 2004
stool, crushed velvet, bicycle wheel, chrome
57 1/2" x 16 1/4" x 9"

Robert A. Pruitt, of Houston, TX, folds the anxious race relations of contemporary and historic America into the aesthetics of desire. Re-contextualizing traditional twentieth-century textbook art with African American history and experience, he “explores contemporary stereotypes of African-Americans, adornment, black aesthetics, and black visual traditions” (quoted text from Clementine Gallery-where he will be showing in the Main Gallery November 30, 2006 - January 6, 2007). Recently, Pruitt participated in the 2006 Whitney Biennial (there's a great podcast at this link). In Houston, he has worked with Project Row Houses, and is a member of the collaborative group Otabenga Jones & Associates. In 2004 he was the winner of the prestigious Artadia award.

Throw Yo Hood Up, 2004
digital print on canvas, found frame
17 1/4" x 15"

Pruitt writes: "I have been educated by the contemporary art system, but my neighborhood, and most of its residents, are unaware of this world, and that world is unaware of it. This is the dichotomy out of which I work. An inhabitant of two worlds, my work attempts to bridge the gap between African cultural traditions supposedly lost to African Americans, and contemporary art making tactics. I fuse Hip-hop sensibilities, rewritten histories, and penchant for the found, (or cheaply bought) object. I romanticize the revolutionary ideologies of the seventies, the dope fresh styles of the eighties, and the conceptual art making practices of the nineties. I collect objects, quotes, and events from my stereotypically disenfranchised neighborhood, bring them back to my studio, and mix them up to make art. My materials are artifacts stained with memory and meaning. I use these artifacts to make objects and images that expound on the black condition in America, and I use a chitlin circuit style of humor to sneak it into the subconscious of my audience."

America's Most Wanted, 2004
rhinestones, prop gun
3 1/2" x 5" x 1"

Funded in part by PICA, Reed College, PNCA, Lewis and Clark College, and The Affair At The Jupiter the PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is truly a community event.

Subsequent Monday lectures are as follows:

Julia Bryan-Wilson: Oct 16
Jeffery Mitchel: Oct 23
TBA: Oct 30
Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Nov 6
Vanessa Renwick: Nov 13
Marc Horowitz: Nov 20
Jeanne Finley: Nov 27
James Lavadour: Dec 4

Open to the public • FREE
Mon. Oct., 9th • 8:15p
5th Avenue Cinema Room 92 • 510 SW Hall St. (on the corner of SW 5TH & Hall on the PSU Campus)

Posted by Melia Donovan on October 04, 2006 at 20:18 | Comments (2)


Dear Harrell Fletcher,

I am going to have trouble making it to the Monday night lectures this fall. I have a prior engagement that consumes Mondays with furious fury. I really enjoyed the lectures last year. Please consider changing the lectures to Sunday nights to better suit my needs.

Scott Wayne Indiana

Posted by: symplvision [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 5, 2006 08:09 AM


Updated schedule is as follows:

Robert Pruitt: Oct 9
Julia Bryan-Wilson: Oct 16
Jeffry Mitchell: Oct 23
Vanessa Renwick: Oct 30
Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Nov 6
Mark Newport: Nov 13
Marc Horowitz: Nov 20
Jeanne Finley: Nov 27
James Lavadour: Dec 4

Posted by: melia [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 9, 2006 07:19 AM

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