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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Robert Colescott

Born in Oakland, CA, 1925
Died in Tucson, AZ, 2009

Day 8: Robert Colescott

Satire plays a huge role in Robert Colescott’s vibrant, at times claustrophobic paintings.  Colescott addressed issues surrounding history and racial stereotypes with wry, transgressive humor and keen observation. In 1975, he began creating a series of works that referenced classic Western art but recast central figures as black.

See images of George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page From an American History Textbook, and Eat Dem Taters alongside their Western art counterparts.  

Robert Colescott


1952 M.F.A., University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1949 B.F.A., University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Robert Colescott: Dulacrow’s Masterwork: A Mockumentary Film from 1976, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New
York, NY
Robert Colescott: Works on Paper 1970-1997, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Troubled Goods: Robert Colescott, A Ten Year Survey (1997-2007), Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Robert Colescott: A Survey of Paintings, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Robert Colescott: Recent Paintings, 1987–1997, 47th Venice Biennale, United States Pavilion, Venice,
Italy, organized by SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; traveled to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN;
Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon, AZ; Portland Art
Museum, Portland, OR; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California at
Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii [cat.]

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 What Is Painting: Contemporary Art from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2000 Strength & Diversity: A Celebration of African American Artists, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts,
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1998 A Portrait of Our Times: An Introduction to the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
San Francisco, CA [cat.]
1996 Visitors’ Voices: Recomposing the Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
1995 Temporarily Possessed, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1994 Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New
York, NY

Selected Collections

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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