Empirical / Satirical features the work of cartoonist, Cedric Henry, and painter, Byron Reed who both use satire to explore the politics and day-to-day life of their communities. Satire is the use of humor or sarcasm to mock or convey contempt for an establishment, tradition, or way of life. Both artists also use empirical evidence, or their observations, to reflect on the world around them, hence the title "Empirical / Satirical."
Cedric Henry is a retired educator who has worked throughout Detroit and Jackson, Michigan, and the state of Florida. His travels, with the U.S. Armed Forces and as a private citizen, have greatly influenced his art. Through his character, “Mr. Green Tie,” Henry presents a variety of scenarios to criticize public policies, laws, or political officials.
Byron Reed was born in Detroit and grew up on the lower eastside. Throughout his career he worked for various advertising agencies and served as the Art Director for WGPR-TV. In his paintings, Reed offers a “slice-of-life” view of his childhood neighborhood.
Organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in 1999, the Contemporary Artists Program (CAP), features new and exciting art created by emerging and established artists. The purpose of CAP is to provide artists a venue where new audiences can see their work and an opportunity to gain professional and public recognition.
Empirical / Satirical: The Art of Cedric Henry and Byron Reed is free with museum admission.