@NasherMuseum / no. 094 / April 22, 2014 -- (Archive)
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Art of Cool
POETRY READING WITH ELIZABETH ALEXANDER / Thursday, April 24, 7 PM / The Nasher Museum presents poet, essayist and playwright Elizabeth Alexander, who will share poems thematically related to Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. Alexander delivered her poem “Praise Song for the Day” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and is the author of six books of poetry and two collections of essays. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship, and also the winner of the first Jackson Prize for Poetry in 2007. Based in New York, Alexander is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies at Yale University.
FREE FAMILY DAY / Sunday, April 27, Noon / Create hands-on projects and explore exhibitions with a gallery hunt. Enjoy live music with Jazz at 1 PM and Kidznotes at 2:30 PM. Enjoy making beaded jewelry, creating your own carnival signs, and playing our bean bag toss to win Nasher Museum prizes.
THE ART OF COOL PROJECT / Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26 / Downtown Durham / Attention Archibald Motley fans! Art of Cool Festival will draw jazz and soul lovers to downtown Durham for 48 hours of music and food. More information: http://aocfestival.org.
ART WITH THE EXPERTS AT DURHAM COUNTY LIBRARY / Tuesday, April 29, 7 PM / Learn about Sound Vision with a talk by Chief Curator Trevor Schoonmaker and Curator of Education Juline Chevalier. This event is at the Southwest Branch of the Durham County Library, 3605 Shannon Road, Durham.
THE BEAST / Thursday, May 1, 6 PM / Led by Pierce Freelon, hip-hop and jazz quartet The Beast’s performance will tell the story of African American music against the backdrop of art by Archibald Motley. Performing original songs and also standards from the spiritual, jazz and hip-hop canon, The Beast will introduce visitors to their revolutionary style of music while paying homage to the musicians who came before them. http://www.thebeastmusic.com/ Gallery talk at 6 PM; Performance in the lecture hall at 7 PM.
FROM OUR BLOG / Nasher Museum student intern Ji Young Chun writes about Deborah Grant’s monumental 2007 work, In the Land of the Blind the Blue Eye Man is King, from the series By the Skin of Our Teeth. More.
IN THE STORE / Save online and when you visit the Nasher Museum Store. Nasher Museum Members enjoy a 10% discount in the store and cafe, and receive free, unlimited admission and special invitations and subscriptions to our mailings. Become a member! Join online, call 919-684-3411 or visit the museum information desk.
Banner: Odili Donald Odita, Over Here, Over There (detail), 2001. Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 104 inches (213.4 x 264.2 cm). Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC. Promised gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine (T'84, P’15); L.1.2011.1. © Odili Donald Odita. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
Archibald J. Motley Jr., Self-Portrait (Myself at Work) (detail), 1933. Oil on canvas, 57.125 x 45.25 inches (145.1 x 114.9 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.
LISTEN: © Damon Winter / The New York Times
LEARN: Njideka Akunyili, “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” Might Not Hold True For Much Longer, 2013. Acrylic and transfers on paper, 64 × 82 7/8 inches (162.6 × 210.5 cm). Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC. Promised gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine (T'84, P’15); L.28.2013.1. © Njideka Akunyili. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
BLOG: Deborah Grant, In the Land of the Blind the Blue Eye Man is King (detail) from the series By the Skin of Our Teeth, 2007. Oil, archival ink, paper, Flashe paint, and enamel on five birch panels; 72 × 180 × 2 inches (182.9 × 457.2 × 5.1 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC. Museum purchase with additional funds provided by JoAnn and Ronald Busuttil; 2013.13.1. © Deborah Grant. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
CELEBRATE, SKETCH and SHOP photos by J Caldwell.
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 Friends of the Nasher Museum of Art, and the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, Duke University.
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TH (4/24) 7 PM Poetry Reading
SU (4/27) Noon Free Family Day
TU (4/29) 7 PM Art with the Experts
TH (5/1) 6 PM The Beast
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