In recent years, Richards’ close friends, peers, and colleagues have contributed immeasurably to a deeper and more complex understanding of his life and art, two decades since his passing. Richards surrounded himself with a tremendous community of people in New York City, Miami, and beyond. The many artists and curators quoted here have shared moving and affecting memories of Richards’ resolve, his generosity and compassion, his smile, and his commitment to his artistic practice.
Additionally, ephemera from Michael Richards’ art and life is collected in two vitrines. These include exhibition catalogues, invitations, press releases, and documentation from exhibitions Richards participated in at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Aldrich Museum, Ambrosino Gallery, and the Miami Art Museum, among others. Also on display are photographs provided by friends and fellow artists, including a vibrant series of snapshots from Richards’ studio-mates at ArtCenter/South Florida taken in 1998. Finally, there are newsletters, obituaries, and a rubbing of Michael Richards’ name from the National September 11 Memorial. Together with the remembrances, these materials offer a wide-ranging picture of the artist, the artworks he created, and the life he lived.