“Charly Palmer: The Dream Lives On”
The DuSable Museum of African American History is honored to present a new art exhibition entitled, “Charly Palmer: The Dream Lives On,” which celebrates and documents the 50th Anniversary of The March On Washington. The exhibition will open on Friday, August 2, 2103 and continue through Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Museum which is located at 740 East 56th Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Chicago.
In 1963… we Marched on Washington. However, in 2013 is Washington… Marching On Us? Fifty years removed from one of the proudest days for Black America, according to Charly Palmer, we currently stand in a sobering state in Black history. Black communities across the nation were once deeply connected by culture, hardship and oppression. This and the struggle to achieve equal rights, undoubtedly served as the catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. Fifty years later, that reality may no longer be true. The “new Jim Crow” federal and civil rights which we thought had been won forever and the continued un-justice under the law compel that we re-examine what has been gained during the last fifty years. “Charly Palmer: The Dream Lives On,” takes a sobering look at this reality through art.
Charly “Carlos” Palmer (currently known as Charly Palmer) is an American fine artist who was born in Fayette, Alabama and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a degree from the American Academy of Art. Palmer’s subjects have included landscapes and portraits. Primarily an acrylic painter, Palmer also works in a variety of media.
Palmer created the 1996 Olympic Poster and again in 1998 the US Olympic Committee honored Palmer by selecting him to paint the US Olympic Poster for the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Charly has brought to his complex pictorial compositions a technique and style that is unique and readily identifiable.
Palmer has in the recent past created work under the assumed name “Carlos,” his alter ego. This allowed him, he says, the freedom to experiment, be spontaneous and have fun with his art. The result is a body of work that is less controlled and more abstract and primal. Constantly evolving and growing as an artist, Palmer has over time fused the two artistic styles to the degree that he found the perfect stylistic voice with which to express himself. Of his work he says “What makes it unique is not what I’m saying, but how I’m saying it.”
For more information on the exhibition please call 773-947-0600 or visit our website at http://www.dusablemuseum.org. The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous support of the Museum.
The DuSable Museum of African American History is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 NOON until 5:00 PM. Admission is $10 for adults ($8 for Chicago residents), $7 for students and senior citizens ($5 for Chicago residents) $3 for children ages 6 through 11 ($2 for Chicago residents) and children 5 years of age and younger are admitted free. Sundays are FREE to all. The Museum may be reached by CTA buses #3, #4 and #55 and free parking is also available on the premises.
This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events