Artists in Dialogue | Featuring “Multiplicity” Artists Tay Butler & Jamea Richmond-Edwards

Artists in Dialogue | Featuring “Multiplicity” Artists

February 29, 2024
This Artists in Dialogue session features artists Tay Butler and Jamea Richmond-Edwards discussing their work from the exhibition Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage

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About the Speakers
Tay Butler is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Houston. After retiring from the US Army and abandoning an engineering career to search for purpose, Butler reignited a rich appreciation for Black history and a deep obsession with the Black archive. Using past and present images to create a historically layered body of work, Butler reorients cultural material from the ever-growing Black experience. His solo exhibitions include RE.Migrant I & II at Project Row Houses and We Are Still Searching at the Louise J. Moran Fine Arts Courtyard in Houston. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at ArtPace, San Antonio and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, among other institutions. Butler currently teaches at San Jacinto College.

Jamea Richmond-Edwards is an interdisciplinary artist who creates monumental scale assemblages and immersive installations. Invested in exploring the materiality of collage and improvisational gestures, her recent works include self-portraiture that dwells within the realm of imagination and mythos. Born and raised in Detroit, she draws inspiration from her childhood growing up during the crack and AIDS epidemic that created devastating and lasting effects in Black and Indigenous American communities across the U.S.

This series is funded by the Frank and Eleanor Freed Lecture Endowment.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive generous support from Macey and Harry Reasoner; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Endowment funds are provided by the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; Windgate Foundation; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; CFP Foundation; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; gifts in memory of Peter Lotz; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.

On Thursdays, admission to the MFAH Permanent Collections is free, courtesy of Shell USA, Inc.

“Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage” was organized by the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee.

Support for the national exhibition tour is provided by generous grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Generous support is provided by:
Bettie Cartwright
Texas Capital
Jereann and Holland Chaney

JBD Foundation
Lisa and Barron Wallace
 W. Dale
DIR Inc./Drs. Russell H. and Rosalind C. Jackson
Jay Jones and Terry Wayne Jones
Merinda Watkins-Martin and Reginald Martin
Ann and Alton McDowell


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