The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia presents a solo exhibition of the work of Ralph Chessé (1900–1991) July 11 through October 4, 2015. Organized by Laura Valeri, the museum’s associate curator of European art, it features paintings, sculptures, puppets and works on paper that span the artist’s long and diverse career. Born in New Orleans in 1900 to a family of African American and French Creole ancestry, Chessé attended the Art Institute of Chicago from 1918 to 1919 as his only formal training. Listed as black on his birth certificate, he moved to San Francisco with his family in 1928, where they passed for white. His son Bruce Chessé says that, despite his father’s frequent focus on African Americans as subjects, it did not occur to later

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