Artistic historian Eric Humphries will discuss his work on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday [FEB. 23] in the Estep Multimedia Center at East Central University. The center is on the first floor of the Bill S. Cole University Center.
Humphries’ work is on exhibit until March 18 in the Pogue Art Gallery in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“All of my artwork is based on true events. They are atrocities that should never have happened and should never be allowed to happen again,” Humphries said. “I hope that when you view my art, you are sobered by the realization that people really were harmed in the making of these paintings, even killed in many instances, and perhaps then we can all understand that if we remember, we are not condemned to repeat.”
Humphries’ work on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot is based on extensive research, and the exhibition includes the photographs and documentary evidence that informed his paintings. He will discuss his research and his artwork in detail during his presentation at ECU.
The current ECU exhibition also includes some of Humphries’ most recent work which addresses the Oklahoma City Bombing in a series titled “:03 Minutes In American History.”
For more information about Humphries’ work, go to www.paintedatrocities.com.
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