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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Archibald Motley

Exhibition Opening / Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist - 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, the first retrospective of the American artist’s paintings in two decades, will originate at the Nasher Museum, starting a national tour.

 

Motley is one of the most significant yet least visible 20th-century artists, despite the broad appeal of his paintings. Many of his most important portraits and cultural scenes remain in private collections; few museums have had the opportunity to acquire his work. With a survey that spans 40 years, Archibald Motley introduces his canvases of riotous color to wider audiences and reveals his continued impact on art history.
 

Archibald Motley includes 45 works from each period of Motley’s lifelong career, from 1919 to 1960. Motley’s scenes of life in the African-American community, often in his native Chicago, depict a parallel universe of labor and leisure. His portraits are voyeuristic but also genealogical examinations of race, gender and sexuality. Motley does not shy away from folklore fantasies; he addresses slavery and racism head on. The exhibition also features his noteworthy canvases of Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico. Significant works will be on view together for the first time. The exhibition will be on view through May 11, 2014.

 

Archibald John Motley, Jr. (1891-1981), was born in New Orleans and lived and worked in the first half of the 20th century in a predominately white neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest side, a few miles from the city’s growing black community known as “Bronzeville.” In his work, Motley intensely examines this community, carefully constructing scenes that depict Chicago’s African American elites, but also the worlds of the recently disembarked migrants from the South and other characters commonly overlooked.

 

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art; the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor; and the Henry Luce Foundation. Major support is provided by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art; Drs. Victor and Lenore Behar; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; and Deborah DeMott. Additional generous support is provided by Graduate Liberal Studies at Duke University, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Erickson Advisors, Parker and Otis, Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan, Richard Tigner, Gail Belvett, the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, Mindy and Guy Solie, The Chronicle, C.T. Woods-Powell and Richard J. Powell, and Angela O. Terry. This project is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this web site do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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.

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Public Tour - 6:00 PM

Individuals, or groups of fewer than 10 people, may take a guided public tour of the Nasher Museum’s current exhibitions. Guided tours are also offered Sundays at 2 PM. Tours are free of charge. Tours last approximately one hour.

Friday, January 31, 2014

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From Defining Lines to Lines of Control? Cartography and the British Empire - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

A panel discussion to celebrate the conclusion of Defining Lines and the final days of Lines of Control at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

FridayJanuary 31, 3 – 4:30 PM; Perkins Library 217 

 

Panelists: Thomas Bassett, Lauren Benton, Martin Brückner, Lesley Cormack, Max Edelson, Matthew Edney, Dane Kennedy, Jeffers Lennox, Penny Sinanoglou, Sujit Sivasundaram.

 

Sponsors: Borderwork(s) Humanities Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute; Duke University Center for International Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, Department of History and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

 

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

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From Defining Lines to Lines of Control? Cartography and the British Empire - 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

A panel discussion to celebrate the conclusion of Defining Lines and the final days of Lines of Control at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Saturday, February 1, 9 AM   3:30 PM; FHI Garage – C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse

 

Panelists: Thomas Bassett, Lauren Benton, Martin Brückner, Lesley Cormack, Max Edelson, Matthew Edney, Dane Kennedy, Jeffers Lennox, Penny Sinanoglou, Sujit Sivasundaram.

 

Sponsors: Borderwork(s) Humanities Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute; Duke University Center for International Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, Department of History and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

 

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

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Family Day - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Family Days take place on select Sundays from 12-4 PM. On these days families visiting the museum enjoy live entertainment, create hands-on projects and explore exhibitions with a gallery hunt.

This Free Family Day will feature live performances from The Beast at 1 and 2:30 PM. 

The Beast will weave the story of African American music into an interactive informance.  Performing original songs, as well as standards from the spiritual, jazz and Hip-Hop canon, The Beast will introduce a revolutionary new style of music while paying homage to the musicians who came before them.  Visitors will participate in performances by engaging in call and response through interactive songwriting and improvisation.

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Public Tour - 2:00 PM

Individuals, or groups of 10 or fewer people, may take a guided public tour of the Nasher Museum’s current exhibitions. Guided tours are also offered Thursdays at 6 PM. Tours are free of charge. Tours last approximately one hour.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Black Belt (detail), 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.

Art with the Experts at Durham County Library - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join Richard Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University for a discussion on the Nasher Museum’s exhibition, Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.

 

This event is at the Main Branch of the Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701.



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Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Tour with Your Tot - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Caregivers with small children ages 0-18 months can take guided public tours of the Nasher Museum’s exhibitions. Tours are offered Thursdays at 11 AM. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. No reservations necessary. Children must be in a carrier or a stroller during the guided tour. Adults pay $5 museum admission. Museum members and tots are free.

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Curator Talk - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Meet Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, 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).

Sunday, February 9, 2014

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Public Tour - 2:00 PM

Individuals, or groups of 10 or fewer people, may take a guided public tour of the Nasher Museum’s current exhibitions. Guided tours are also offered Thursdays at 6 PM. Tours are free of charge. Tours last approximately one hour.

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Jazz Informance with John Brown - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Learn about jazz with Duke’s John Brown and his ensemble. This event complements the exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. Free and open to all. Want to make a day of it? Make brunch reservations in the café.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist Teacher Workshop - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

This workshop will focus on the exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. This FREE program will also include hands-on activities, time to explore the exhibition independently and a light reception. Participants will receive partial CEU credit and interdisciplinary curriculum-based materials to use in the classroom. Register online

 

IMAGE: Archibald J. Motley Jr., The Picnic, (detail), 1936. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches (76.2 x 91.4 cm). Collection of the Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.