6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2012
This Rejection of the Conqueror: Works by Robert Pruitt, organized by AMSET, will feature the large-scale figurative drawings, sculpture, and video of the Houston-based, African American artist Robert Pruitt. Pruitt is an accomplished draftsman whose subject matter addresses timely political and cultural identity issues often with an element of subtle humor. Inspiration from comic book superheroes (his first foray into art), hip-hop and urban street culture from his predominately African American Third Ward of Houston neighborhood all play into his artwork. His rereading of 20th century art, especially the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp, in light of African American history and experience, offers a commentary on the ongoing struggles of black Americans.
Robert Pruitt was born in Houston, Texas in 1975. He received his BFA from Texas Southern University in 2000 and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Pruitt currently lives in Houston and teaches art at Texas Southern University.
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