In the Main Gallery
Wardell Milan: Hercules and The Love Affair
The exhibition is curated by Franklin Art Works' Director Tim Peterson.
The New York artist will present new works in photography, collage and drawing that address issues of sexuality, race and history.
Milan's large-scale photographs are based on elaborately constructed dioramas, densely populated with culturally and historically loaded figures appropriated from art and world history books, family snapshots and the artist's own photographed figures and enviornments.
The sum total is an analogy of American and world culture, their cultural collisions, history of violence and long-hoped-for unity. "How doe people who are often written on the margins of history (specifically American history) deal with an ascend from a past of invalidation and exclusion?" - Wardell Milan
Milan received an MFA from Yale University and has exhibited at the National Gallery of Art (Warsaw), Queens Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saltworks (Atlanta), Artists Space, PS1/Museum of Modern Art and Taxter & Spengemann Gallery. He was a 2006-07 artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The exhibition open to the public on Friday, November 7 with a reception from 6 to 8pm. Admission is free. Milan will be present at the opening reception.