Education Center, Mezzanine, Theater 3
Charles White (American, 1918–1979). *General Moses (Harriet Tubman)*. 1965. Ink on paper, 47 × 68" (119.4 × 172.7 cm). Private collection. © The Charles White Archives/ Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries

Artist Kerry James Marshall has been, in his own words, “a stalwart advocate for the legacy of Charles White,” his former teacher and mentor. Planned in collaboration with Marshall, this program strives to advance our understanding of White’s place in art history through a consideration of his technical virtuosity, visual strategies, and the changing reception of his work. What have his images meant to different audiences, and how do they provide that meaning? Starting with a close examination of selected works from the exhibition, presenters will share their individual perspectives and then participate in a discussion moderated by Marshall and Esther Adler, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art. Presenters include W. J. T Mitchell, Gaylor Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago, and Courtney J. Martin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Dia Art Foundation.

The program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective.

Reception to follow.

Tickets will be available starting on October 7. Tickets ($15; $10 members and Corporate members; $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online, at the information desk, or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.

Enter through the Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 W 54 Street.

American Sign Language interpretation and CART captioning is available for any public program, with advance notice. Please email adultprograms@moma.org to request sign language interpretation with two weeks notice or to request CART with three weeks notice.

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Major support for Adult and Academic Programs is provided by the Estate of Susan Sabel.

Generous funding is provided by endowments established by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Walter and Jeanne Thayer, and by the gifts of Alan Kanzer. Additional support is provided by the Annual Education Fund.

This event accompanies Charles White: A Retrospective.