The Art Wise distinguished speaker series will welcome Willie Cole on Thursday, September 19th at 6 p.m. Cole is an artist best known for his appropriation of domestic objects and adding a metaphorical twist. Cole has been using the iron motif since the mid-1980s as a stand-in for domestic tasks, African tribal masks, shields and ships. On this evening, the artist will speak about his work and about his piece “Stowage,” a work recently acquired by the Hunter that addresses slavery and the Middle Passage. Cole's work is also found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art; and The National Gallery of Art. This event is generously supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Community Trust.