Hooks-Epstein Galleries is proud to present Robert Pruitt's, First Contact, an exhibition of drawings and sculpture. The exhibition opens at 11:00am on Saturday, December 7, 2013 and is followed by a reception for the artist from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The exhibition continues through Saturday, January 11, 2014.
In First Contact, Robert Pruitt has come into contact with historically, radical information that has created a shift in his mind and work. Pruitt states, “The early meeting of cultures between Africa, the Americas and Europe possesses a series of complications and nuances that defy our assumptions about identity and history. This divergence, initiated by something as simple as textual evidence, led to the consideration of "first contact" as a substantial phenomenon worthy of reflection.” The exhibition shows the ways that first contact must alter each party involved.
Robert Pruitt graduated in 2000 with a BFA from Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. In 2003, he received an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Pruitt was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY. In 2009, he was included in Drawing for Projection at SITE Santa FE and P.S.1/MoMA. In 2012, his exhibition, This Rejection of the Conqueror was displayed at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, TX. He just recently had his exhibition, Women, on display at The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York. Robert Pruitt and Women received numerous accolades from The New York Times, The Huffington Post, ArtNews and ArtInfo. Pruitt has received numerous awards and grants and is in several museum collections such as The Dallas Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Cleveland Museum of Art.
First Contact will continue through January 11, 2014.
****PLEASE NOTE: There will be a Gallery Q&A with Robert Pruitt and Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Saturday, December 21, 2013, 2:30pm at Hooks-Epstein Galleries. More information to follow!****
For more images, please visit the full exhibition.