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Many artists appropriate, obscure, and reconfigure powerful cultural symbols to which attachment is commonly expected. The late performance studies scholar José Esteban Muñoz developed the concept “disidentification” to describe working through such dominant images that pose possible threats, moving instead toward strategies of survival and techniques to imagine other possible worlds.
Michael Ray Charles
An Art21 episode featuring Michael Ray Charles where he discusses his use of caricatures and stereotypes that have been rejected.
Books on Michael Ray Charles
Available in the University Library Collection
Buffalo Dancer: New Mexico, ca. 1975 Lithograph
30 x 22 inches
Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum