Willie Cole, known for assembling and transforming ordinary domestic and used objects such as irons, ironing boards, high–heeled shoes, hair dryers, bicycle parts, wooden matches, lawn jockeys, and other discarded appliances and hardware into imaginative and powerful works of art and installations that present social, political or cultural perspectives of the urban African American experience--will be on campus Friday November 1 as part of the Anderson Lecture Series and as a keynote speaker at the 2019 Pennsylvania Art Education Association conference. Willie Cole's talk will take place from 4:45pm-6:00pm in 111 Forum Building. Co–sponsored with the 2019 PAEA Conference and the Center for Pedagogy in the Arts and Design.
Through the repetitive use of single objects in multiples, Cole’s assembled sculptures acquire a transcending and renewed metaphorical meaning, or become a critique of our consumer culture. Cole’s work is generally discussed in the context of postmodern eclecticism, combining references and appropriation ranging from African and African American imagery, to Dada’s readymades and Surrealism’s transformed objects, and icons of American pop culture or African and Asian masks, into highly original and witty assemblages. Coles work has been featured in many exhibitions and permanent collections. He has received a number of awards, including the Timehri Award for Leadership in the Arts, the David C. Driskell Prize and the Lamar Dodd Fellowship, among others.
The Forum building is a circular building located near the Palmer Museum of Art on Curtin Road.