Michael Richards

World Views

Between 1997 and 2001, Michael Richards’ art practice flourished in many ways: he was awarded a fellowship and studio in Miami over three years; he was commissioned for two outdoor, public artworks; he participated in group exhibitions that situated him as a leading artistic voice in his generation; he had his largest solo gallery exhibition; and he was granted a studio in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views program. Tragically, on September 11, Richards was in his World Views studio on the 92nd floor of World Trade Center, Tower One and his life was taken at the age of 38. As Richards’ cousin Dawn Dale has poignantly expressed, “He wanted to say something to the world, but he’s still saying it. His work is saying it for him.”