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Charles Gaines

Charles Gaines (artist talk)
Whitechapel Gallery, London
18 April 2019, 7pm

The American artist and curator Charles Gaines is in conversation with editor Louis Hartnoll and writer and researcher John Tain to discuss his exhibition The Theater of Refusal: Black Art and Mainstream Criticism.

Opening at the Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine in 1993, ‘The Theater of Refusal’ foregrounded questions of structural racism by juxtaposing works by African-American artists with their reception in mainstream arts criticism. First proposed by Gaines in 1989 and developed through extended dialogue and debate, this multi-faceted exhibition articulated a theory of counter-marginality.

Whitechapel Gallery, London