Thursday, February 6, 2014
Meet Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke, who organized Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, the first retrospective of the American artist’s paintings in two decades, at the Nasher Museum. Powell is the recent recipient of the Smithsonian’s Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History. He teaches courses in American art, the arts of the African Diaspora and contemporary visual studies, and writes extensively on topics ranging from primitivism to postmodernism. He wrote African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and Beyond (2012, with Virginia Mecklenburg), Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture (2008), Black Art: A Cultural History (1997 and 2002), Jacob Lawrence (1992), and Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson (1991). At the Nasher Museum, Powell and his students curated the exhibition Romare Bearden with an accompanying catalogue (2006).
Friday, February 28, 2014
The Nasher Museum presents a scholarly symposium to complement the exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. Tonight’s keynote is “Archibald Motley & Bronzeville: A conversation between Darlene Clark Hine and Richard J. Powell.” Introduction by Nasher Museum Director Sarah Schroth. The symposium is free and open to all.
IMAGE: Archibald J. Motley Jr., Black Belt, 1934. Oil on canvas, 33 x 40.5 inches (83.8 x 102.9 cm). Collection of the Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The Nasher Museum presents a scholarly symposium to complement the exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. The symposium is free and open to all.
9 AM Introduction by Nasher Museum Director Sarah Schroth and Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke, who organized Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.
Panel: Archibald Motley’s Art
9:30 – 9:50 AM Talk by Michael D. Harris
9:50 – 10:10 AM Talk by Cecile Whiting
10:10 – 10:30 AM Talk by Phoebe Wolfskill
10:30 – 10:40 AM Break
10:40 – 11:30 AM Panel Conversation moderated by Amy M. Mooney
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break
Panel: Archibald Motley’s World
1:30 – 1:50 PM Talk by Cynthia Blair
1:50 – 2:10 PM Talk by Thomas Brothers
2:10 – 2:30 PM Talk by Jerma Jackson
2:30 – 2:50 PM Break
2:50 – 3:40 PM Panel Conversation moderated by Davarian L. Baldwin
3:40 – 3:55 PM Concluding remarks by Richard J. Powell
-Davarian L. Baldwin, Professor, American Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
-Cynthia Blair, Associate Professor, History & African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
-Thomas Brothers, Professor, Music, Duke University, Durham, NC
-Michael D. Harris, Professor, African American Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
-Darlene Clark Hine, Professor, African American Studies, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL
-Amy M. Mooney, Associate Professor, Art History, Columbia College Chicago, IL
-Richard J. Powell, Professor, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC
-Cecile Whiting, Professor, Art History, University of California, Irvine, CA
-Phoebe Wolfskill, Assistant Professor, History of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
-Jerma Jackson, Associate Professor, History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
IMAGE: Archibald J. Motley Jr., Blues, (detail), 1929. Oil on canvas, 36 x 42 inches (91.4 x 106.7 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.