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Michael Coppage

Listen as Michael Coppage and Russell Ihrig explore relationships between Coppage’s mixed-media work, House of My Dreams, and Edward Hopper’s painting, Sun on Prospect Street (Gloucester, Massachusetts).

Originally from Chicago, Michael Coppage has lived and worked in Cincinnati since 2007. Coppage has recently been featured in print and online after participating in the Cincinnati’s Black Lives Matter mural and for receiving hate mail for a controversial and provocative series entitled American +, where he depicts white Americans as monkeys in uncomfortable scenarios with black men. His work addresses the appropriation of African American culture, demonization of black men and what he calls the “systematic” destabilization of black people in America. 

 

Submitted September 2020

Photo: Prosper Jones