Robert Colescott, Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, 1979.
Robert Colescott (American, 1925-2009), Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, 1979. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Arlene and Harold Schnitzer in honor of Brian Ferriso. © 1979 Robert Colescott, 2006.96.

Art and Race Matters

The Career of Robert Colescott

Feb 15, 2020 – May 17, 2020

The first comprehensive retrospective of one of America’s most compelling and controversial artists, Art and Race Matters traces the work of Robert Colescott (1925-2009), who established his career in Portland with the support of gallery owner and philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer, then made his mark in the 1970s with a series of deconstructed art-historical masterpieces that challenged taboos around racial stereotyping.

Organized by Lowery Stokes Sims, a longtime Colescott scholar, and Raphaela Platow, Director and Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, with assistance from Matthew Weseley.