In the early 1990s, the artist Gary Simmons won acclaim for a series of chalkboard drawings that revisited racist cartoon characters. The series employed a Simmons signature—his “erasure” technique, in which he uses his hands to wipe the image, giving it existential energy and immediacy. Looney Tunes characters like Bosko and Honey, created in the late 1920s, may be long forgotten, but they remain embedded in America’s social fabric, a form of inherent racism that Simmons addresses. Along with “erasure” works, this exhibition includes new wall drawings and an installation that sees Simmons using public-school cafeteria tables to examine schoolroom motifs. —E.C.
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