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Deep Cuts

Friday, October 23 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM

The medium of collage is a major element of art history, whether the cubist collages of Picasso, the paper cuts of Matisse, the assemblages of Robert Rauschenberg or the photomontages of John Baldessari. But an understated role of collage is as the vessel for Black representation and revisionist history. My work is rooted in this searching, discovering and repurposing of American Black representation. Beginning with my own family, I confront Black history through multiple forms of collage. Family archives are converted into cereal boxes. Major American magazines are updated and forced to confront their past practices. Oral narratives are reborn via appropriated Black photographs of every era. WIth Deep Cuts, a 45-minute artist lecture, I seek to present my work and its place in the art historical cannon, while also cementing the status of collage as a tool for Black liberation and social justice, capable of reversing the historical violence against the Black body performed with a camera. Brief histories of Black collage and the erasure, oppression and terrorism of Black people the work confronts lead into a discussion about my past work, my future plans, and how collage plays a role in all of it.


Tay Butler
Tay Butler

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