Charles White

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1910s

1918

Charles White is born in Chicago.

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1930s

1920s–30s 1930

Throughout grade school and high school, Charles White wins scholarships to attend Saturday classes at the Art Institute of Chicago.

1932

Charles White joins the Arts and Crafts Guild in Chicago at age fourteen and begins participating in their exhibitions.

1936

Charles White wins a scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

1938

Charles White graduates from SAIC.

1938–41 1938

Charles White is an active participant in the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago, where he teaches classes and serves as chairman of the Artists’ Committee.

1939

Life drawing class taught by Charles White at the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago, c. 1938–41. Gelatin silver print; 21 × 25 cm. Holger Cahill papers, 1910–1993, bulk 1910–1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

1939–43 1939

Charles White paints murals in Chicago and New York as part of the Works Progress Administration.

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1940s

1941

Charles White marries his first wife, fellow artist Elizabeth Catlett.

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1950s

1956

Due to a relapse of tuberculosis, Charles White relocates from New York to Los Angeles in search of a better climate.

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1960s

1965

Charles White begins teaching at Otis Art Institute.

1960s 1965

Because of Charles White’s frail condition, John Outterbridge drives him around Los Angeles.

1960s 1965

Emory Douglas studies commercial art at San Francisco City College. There he is inspired by the works of Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, and Charles White, and becomes involved in the Black Arts Movement.

late 1960s 1967

Suzanne Jackson serves as a model for Charles White’s classes at Otis Art Institute.

1968–72 1968

David Hammons takes night classes at Otis Art Institute. Hammons’s drawing teacher, Charles White, makes a profound impact on him as the first successful black man whom Hammons has encountered.

late 1960s 1968

Suzanne Jackson takes a drawing class with Charles White at Otis, where she also meets David Hammons.

1969

Charles White and Judithe Hernández at the Otis Art Institute, c. 1969–70. The Charles White Archives.

decade

1970s

1970

Charles White, Wanted Poster Series #15 or Hasty B, 1970. Lithograph in brown on cream wove paper; 21 × 27 in. (53.5 × 68.7 cm). Published by Tamarind Lithography Workshop, printed by Edward Hamilton. Collection Art Institute of Chicago, Margaret Fisher Fund, 2017.286. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.

1970

Charles White is awarded a Tamarind Fellowship.

1971

David Hammons, Timothy Washington, and Charles White participate in the exhibition Three Graphic Artists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

1972

Judithe Hernández earns her BFA at Otis, where she studies under Charles White.

decade

2010s

2019

David Hammons, Judithe Hernández, and Suzanne Jackson are included in the group exhibition Life Model: Charles White and His Students at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. Chromogenic development print; series of 11, each: 12 × 18 in. Edition of 5, aside from 1 artist’s proof. © Senga Nengudi. Courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery, New York, and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York. Photo: Roderick “Quaku” Young.

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