Exploding Star (Awake)

Charles Wilbert White, American, 1918 - 1979



Charcoal on (Crescent) illustration board

Sheet: 40 3/16 × 30 1/16 in. (102 × 76.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through a gift from Frank L. Harrington, Class of 1924



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, on reverse, upper left, in marker: "Title: 'Exploding Star' / Media: Charcoal / Date: 1965 / Artist: Charles White"

Course History

WRIT 7 , Religion and Literature: Re-visioning the Natural, Nancy Crumbine, Spring 2015

AAAS 88.19, Contemporary African-American Artists, Michael Chaney, Summer 2021

Exhibition History

Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles, California, (no cat. located), 1965.

Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 29-May 29, 2005; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 24-September 11, 2005; National Academy Museum, New York City, New York, October 20-December 31, 2005.

Six Black Artists, Beaumont-May Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, (no cat. no.), January 1-31, 1968.

Publication History

Barbara J. MacAdam, Marks of Distinction, Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Manchester, Vermont: Hudson Hills Press, 2005, pp. 214, 274, ill. p. 215, no. 76.


ACA Galleries, New York; sold to present collection, 1968.

Catalogue Raisonne

L. H. Gedeon, Introduction to the Work of Charles W. White with a Catalogue Raisonne, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, 1981, No. D187 (as "Awake").

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