When artist Michael Ray Charles redeploys the racist cartoons of the mid 20th century, he does it viciously. Trent Doyle Hancock and Kara Walker do it mystically, throwing wishes at hatred and watching them fall completely flat. Chicago artist Hebru Brantley's series of paintings Lions Disguised as Lambs gives "coon toons" new voice, literally setting them in fields of text and drawings influenced by graffiti, stock-paper print-ad catalogs from the '60s and '70s (Ellen Gallagher might be an elder), and political graphics. In the best ways, they both do and don't take themselves seriously. (Pun(c)tuation, 705A E Pike St, 240-6697. 2–9 pm, free. Through April 7.)