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Zoot Suits, Border Towns, and Collage Works: A Chat with Troy Montes-Michie

Troy Montes-Michie, "Shadow and Act," 2021. Cut paper, photographs, ink, graphite, grease pencil, acrylics, and polyester thread on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York.

Museum Confidential: Season 6, Episode 13.

Artist Troy Montes-Michie was born in El Paso. Border towns are a natural mash-up of cultures, languages, food, fashion, and nearly everything else. No surprise, then, that Montes-Michie turned his focus to collage, creating instantly recognizable works that employ magazine clippings, vintage pornography, images of the Black male body, and plenty of zoot suits. In "Rock of Eye" -- the artist's first solo museum exhibition, now on view (through September 4th) at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles -- his striking collages can be seen alongside drawings, sculptures, and installations.

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