Calendar / Type: Archibald Motley

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Poetry Reading with Elizabeth Alexander - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Nasher Museum presents poet, essayist, and playwright Elizabeth Alexander, who will share poems thematically related to paintings on view in Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. Alexander delivered her poem “Praise Song for the Day” at President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration, and is the author of five books of poetry and two collections of essays. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and 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 and American Studies Professor of American Studies and English at Yale University.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


The Beast performs - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

African American Music from Spirituals to Hip-hop


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, as well as standards from the spiritual, jazz, and hip-hop canon, The Beast will introduce visitors to their revolutionary new style of music while paying homage to the musicians who came before them.


Gallery Talk at 6 PM; Performance in the lecture hall at 7 PM.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Archibald Motley Film Series: Chicago Rhythm ‘n’ Blues - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Nasher Museum presents a film series to complement the exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.  The films are free and open to all. 


The third and final installment of the Archibald Motley film series is a night of “Chicago Rhythm ‘n’ Blues,” with the film Cadillac Records (2008, 108 minutes), a fictionalized account of Chess Records with Beyoncé as Etta James.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Exclusive Supporting Member Tour and Reception - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Special reception to celebrate Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection with Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art. Details by Invitation. Become a Supporting Member today to enjoy this exclusive offer.