Presented by Multiplicity artists Zoë Charlton and Wardell Milan 

Join Zoë Charlton and Wardell Milan to learn more about their work and artistic practices during this gallery talk in the exhibition Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage.  

About Zoë Charlton

Zoë Charlton creates figure drawings, collages, installations, and animations that depict her subject’s relationship to culturally loaded objects and landscapes. Charlton received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in residencies at Artpace, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Ucross Foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting, and the Patterson Residency at the Creative Alliance. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions at venues including the Delaware Contemporary, the Harvey B. Gantt Center, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, and Haas & Fischer Gallery. She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant and a Rubys grant. Her work is held in museum collections including the Phillips Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. 

About Wardell Milan

Throughout his practice, Milan sustains a thoughtful inquiry into the nature of beauty and the unconscious, touching on topics such as body modification and gender performance. His most recent series, Parisian Landscapes, explores the duality between marginalization and freedom of expression, imagining spaces where the marginalized body is able to express itself and move about the world freely. Milan’s collages often incorporate cut-out photographs, including iconic work by Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Charles Hoff. 

Milan studied photography at the University of Tennessee and Yale University. Works by the artist can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum; Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College; the Museum of Modern Art; the Morgan Library & Museum; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Whitney Museum of Art; UBS Art Collection; Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation; Hall Art Foundation; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Milan lives and works in New York. 

Image: Wardell Milan. Pulse, 2019. Charcoal, graphite, pastel, oil pastel, acrylic paint, and hand-dyed paper; 66 7/8 x 83 1/2 in. Menil Collection, Houston, purchased with funds provided by the William F. Stern Acquisition Fund and Bridget and Patrick Wade, 2019-17. Photo: Adam Neese. © Wardell Milan

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