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For much of his life Purvis Young ((1943-2010) lived and worked in the Overtown section of Miami. His paintings, rendered in ink or paint on found materials ranging from scrap lumber, manila folders, and wallpaper books, center on a small, repeating group of images that included horses, trucks, trains, lines of people, and close-up images of the faces, sometimes behind bars. The Block Museum presents “Looking Life Right Straight in the Face”: The Art of Purvis Young from September 23 – December 10, 2017.
Lisa Corrin, exhibition curator and the Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum will be joined in conversation with Debra Kerr, Director of the Intuit Art Center for a gallery talk about this exhibition and the artist’s life.