SEGMENT: Michael Ray Charles in "Consumption"

Now Playing: SEGMENT: Michael Ray Charles in "Consumption"

About this video

Michael Ray Charles is filmed on location at his home and studio in Austin, Texas. Through his studies of advertising, the minstrel tradition, and blackface, Charles seeks to deconstruct and subvert images of blackness through painting. "I've been called a sellout. People question my blackness. A lot of people accuse me of perpetuating a stereotype," he says. "I think there's a fine line between perpetuating something and questioning something. And I like to get as close to it as possible." Pointing out items from his collection of memorabilia, Charles traces the transformation of stereotypes in his work. The segment concludes at an exhibition of Charles' work in New York City.

Featured in this video

Additional Videos

Season Episode numbersort icon Episode name Artists Duration Release date
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 2 Spirituality Ann Hamilton 0:00 09/21/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 2 Spirituality
Ann Hamilton, Beryl Korot, James Turrell, John Feodorov, Shahzia Sikander
0:00 09/21/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Louise Bourgeois 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Maya Lin 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Bruce Nauman 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Kerry James Marshall 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity William Wegman 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity
Bruce Nauman, Kerry James Marshall, Louise Bourgeois, Maya Lin, William Wegman
0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 4 Consumption Barbara Kruger 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 4 Consumption
Andrea Zittel, Barbara Kruger, Matthew Barney, Mel Chin, Michael Ray Charles
0:00 09/28/2001