Local gallery hosts Charles McGill memorial exhibition

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery is showcasing the work of a Binghamton native who used an unexpected item to make a political statement.

Charles McGill: A Memorial Exhibition opens for First Friday.

McGill was a graduate of Binghamton Central who went on to live and teach art in New York City.

In the early part of this century, he turned his focus from traditional figurative works to transforming old vintage golf bags.

McGill, who was African-American and a golfer, took note of how few other blacks golfed and how even fewer were members of private golf clubs.

Salati says this prompted the artist to express his concerns over racial inequality and racial injustice.

"He made a statement by his first performance which was him dressed in golf attire, turn-of-the-century, and he was in Harlem, in the middle of the street, golfing and hitting watermelons," said Salati.

McGill died of kidney cancer in July.

He still has family members in our area.

Salati says that since his death, the value of his works has increased and it is unlikely that a similar show could be staged again.

If you miss it Friday night, it will be up through October 28.

The gallery is open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.


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