Calendar / Subject: African-American Artists

Friday, October 2, 2015

Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Blues (detail), 1929. Oil on canvas, 36 x 42 inches (91.4 x 106.7 cm). Collection of Mara Motley and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist at the new Whitney Museum - 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Archibald Motley (1891—1981) was one of the most important figures associated with the Harlem Renaissance and is best known as both a master colorist and a radical interpreter of urban culture. Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is the first full-scale survey of his paintings in two decades. The exhibition will offer an unprecedented opportunity to carefully examine Motley’s dynamic depictions of modern life in his home town, Chicago, as well as in Jazz Age Paris and Mexico. Specifically, it will highlight his unique use of both expressionism and social realism and will resituate this underexposed artist within a broader, art historical context. The exhibition will be presented in the sky-lit eighth floor galleries of the new Whitney during its inaugural year.


Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is organized by the Nasher Museum at Duke University and curated by Professor Richard J. Powell. The installation at the Whitney Museum will be overseen by Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ebony G. Patterson, ...shortly after 8- beyond the bladez (detail), 2014. Mixed media on paper, 92 × 111 inches (233.7 × 281.9 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Museum purchase with additional funds provided by Blake Byrne (T'57) and Marjorie and Michael Levine (T'84, P'15); 2015.3.1. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. © Ebony G. Patterson.

Art with the Experts: Contemporary Art from the Nasher Museum - 7:00 PM

Join Nasher Museum staff Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, and Jessica Kay Ruhle, for a discussion and slide lecture on Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection. In celebration of the museum’s 10th anniversary, this exhibition presents some of the Nasher Museum’s most significant works from the contemporary collection. Reality of My Surroundings demonstrates the museum’s ongoing commitment to collecting work by global artists, with an emphasis on artists of African descent.


Durham Public Library, Main Branch300 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC.