@NasherMuseum / no. 013    October 5, 2012
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Rothschild Lecture with Kerry James Marshall
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Wednesday, October 10, 7 PM; Doors at 6:30PM

Meet renowned contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall, known for his paintings, drawings and sculptures that are rich with art-historical references, from Renaissance painting to American folk art. In his work, Marshall investigates the visibility of black people in society and the connotations associated with darkness.

The Nasher Museum recently acquired Marshall’s seminal early work, Portrait of the Artist & Vacuum Cleaner, one of the museum’s most exciting acquisitions to date. The painting is pivotal in telling the story of Marshall’s development as an artist and reveals a number of defining motifs that appear throughout Marshall’s noted career. It is one of the earliest examples of his seminal "invisible man" portrait in his "black on black" style, which first brought him important attention. The painting reveals the beginning of his signature style, involving the use of extremely dark, emphatically black figures that confront racial stereotypes.

Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama, grew up in Los Angeles and lives and works in Chicago. He earned a BFA at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and has exhibited internationally, most recently at the Secession in Vienna, Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada, Camden Arts Centre in London and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Free and open to the public. Museum entrances and pavilions will open at 6:30 PM. Seating is limited. Lecture at 7 PM. Reception with cash bar to follow.

The lecture is made possible by Barbra and Andrew Rothschild.


Image: Kerry James Marshall, Portrait of the Artist & Vacuum Cleaner, circa 1981. Arylic on paper 63 x 52 ½ inches. (160 x 133.4 cm). Museum purchase with additional funds provided by Nailya Alexander, Maya & Anatol Bekkerman, Jeff Bliumis, Dr. Robert E. Falcone, Alexandre Gertsman, Marilyn J. Holmes (T'72), INTART - International Foundation of Russian & Eastern-European Art, Inc., Virginia Kinzey, Jacques Leviant, Innessa Levkova-Lamm, Mina E. Litinsky, Fran & Robert Malina, Teresa & Joseph Masarich, Marjorie Pfeffer, Anthony T. Podesta, Maya & Michael Polsky, Estate of Alek Rapoport, Vladimir Rapoport, Mrs. W. A. Y. Sargent in memory of Dr. Winston Sargent, Natalia Sokov, and Drs. Irene & Alex Valger, by exchange.

Nasher Museum exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the late Mary D.B.T. Semans and James H. Semans, the late Frank E. Hanscom III, The Duke Endowment, the Nancy Hanks Endowment, the Courtney Shives Art Museum Fund, the James Hustead Semans Memorial Fund, the Janine and J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund, the Trent A. Carmichael Fund for Community Education, the Neely Family Fund, the E. T. Rollins, Jr. and Frances P. Rollins Fund for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Marilyn M. Arthur Fund, the Sarah Schroth Fund, the George W. and Viola Mitchell Fearnside Endowment Fund, the Gibby and Michael B. Waitzkin Fund, the K. Brantley and Maxine E. Watson Endowment Fund, the Victor and Lenore Behar Endowment Fund, the Margaret Elizabeth Collett Fund, the Nasher Museum of Art General Endowment, the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, Duke University, and the Friends of the Nasher Museum of Art.
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