This Rejection of the Conqueror: Works by Robert Pruitt
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
January 21 through April 8, 2012
Also on view is This Rejection of the Conqueror: Works by Robert Pruitt, featuring large-scale figurative drawings, sculptures, and an instillation by the Houston native whose subject matter addresses timely political and cultural identity issues with an element of subtle humor. Inspiration from comic book superheroes, hip-hop and urban street culture from his predominately African American Third Ward of Houston neighborhood all play into his artwork.
“The notion of black identity has been complicated and largely misunderstood,” Pruitt explains. “We control neither the construction, nor the distribution of our varied and multilayered stories of self. I am attempting to interrupt the existing narratives with my own.”
Currently a Texas Southern University professor, Pruitt received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Southern University in 2000 and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003.
This Rejection of the Conqueror: Works by Robert Pruitt is organized by AMSET and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Links Inc. Golden Triangle Chapter, C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Foundation, Dorothy Anne Conn, the City of Beaumont and Texas Commission on the Arts.