Charly Palmer's Artist's Talk


What is your Tar Baby?

- Thursday, March 8 at 6:30pm

What do President Barack Obama, Adolf Hilter, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Pee-wee Herman have in common? According to Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer, each has a “Tar Baby.” In this collection of over 40 mixed media works, Palmer appropriates and reinterprets the tale of “Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby” to address contemporary issues of bigotry, racism, and stereotyping. Yet, in Palmer’s version it is no longer the archetypal trickster rabbit, but rather civil rights leaders, entertainers, politicians, scholars, and African and Native Americans who confront their tar babies.

Join us for a conversation with Charly Palmer on Thursday, March 8th at 6:30pm in the gallery. Palmer will be joined by curator, Myrtis Bedolla, and catalog essayist, Horace D. Ballard, Jr. to discuss the series' charged historical context and commentary on contemporary issues of bigotry, racism, and stereotyping.

Charly Palmer's What is your Tar Baby? will run from February 24th - April 7th.

Regular Gallery Hours:  W-F 11am–5pm, Sat 11am–3pm, and by appointment

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This is a free event. Registration is not required.