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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Hot Rhythm, 1961. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Jazz at the Mary Lou - 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Make connections to American artist Archibald Motley through an evening of jazz with Duke’s Jazz Studies Program.  This program embraces all things jazz and unites jazz lovers from local communities and Triangle and Triad area campuses in a lively social setting. The evening features live performances by an extraordinary house band under the directorship of professor John Brown and Duke music students or special guest artists.  Refreshments and drinks are served. Co-sponsored by the Duke University Union, the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture and the Duke Jazz Studies Program 

 

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, 201 W Union Bldg., Duke’s West Campus


IMAGE: Archibald J. Motley Jr., Hot Rhythm, 1961. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

tours

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.

Enjoy our amazing venue for your event. Photo by: Azul Photography.

Wedding Open House - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us and explore the museum as a dramatic, unique event space. Presentations by Nasher Museum caterers and event planners on wedding food trends and how to best use creative planning tools. RSVP below or by phone: 919-684-3321.


 

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Black Belt

Archibald Motley Symposium Keynote Conversation - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

The Nasher Museum presents a scholarly symposium to complement the exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. The symposium is free and open to all. Registration is not required, but space is limited. 

 

The symposium kicks off with a keynote conversation entitled “Archibald Motley & Bronzeville”  between Darlene Clark Hine, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History, Northwestern University, Evanston, and Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University and curator of Archibald Motley.

 

The symposium continues with a full day of talks and discussions on March 1. See full listing for details.

  

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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Duke Jazz Ensemble: John Brown at Baldwin Auditorium - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University

$10 general admission, $5 senior citizens, students free.  Tickets: 919-684-4444 or http://tickets.duke.edu

           

Duke Jazz Ensemble  —  John Brown, director. Featuring guest artist Wess Anderson, saxophone.  Alto saxophonist Wessell “”Warmdaddy” Anderson grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He toured with the Wynton Marsalis Septet in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and still performs with Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Anderson’s own sound is a mixture of traditional New Orleans jazz and a sweeping blues style. 1998’s “Live at the Village Vanguard” found him in top form with his own hand-picked band of powerhouse young players, including trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and bassist Steve Kirby.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Archibald Motley Symposium - 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

The Nasher Museum presents a scholarly symposium to complement the exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.  The symposium is free and open to all. Registration is not required, but space is limited. 

 

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 curated Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.

 

Panel: Archibald Motley’s Art

9:30  – 9:50 AM            “Archibald Motley, Jr.: An Outsider-Insider”  –  Michael D. Harris, Associate Professor of Art History and African American Studies, Emory University, Atlanta

 

9:50 – 10:10 AM          “The Color of Race in Archibald Motley’s Art”  –  Cécile Whiting, Chancellor’s Professor of Art History and Professor of Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine

 

10:10 – 10:30 AM         “‘Humor Ill-Advised, if Not Altogether Tasteless?’ Caricature and Stereotype in the Work of Archibald Motley, Jr.”  –  Phoebe Wolfskill, Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

 

10:30 – 10:40 AM       Break

   

10:40 – 11:30 AM   Panel Conversation moderated by Amy M. Mooney, Associate Professor of Art History, Columbia College, Chicago

 

 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM          Lunch Break

 

Panel: Archibald Motley’s World

1:30 – 1:50 PM “Black Cultural Modernization in 1920s and ‘30s Chicago”  –  Cynthia Blair, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History, University of Illinois, Chicago

   

1:50 – 2:10 PM “Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism”  –  Thomas Brothers, Professor of Music, Duke University

 

2:10 – 2:30 PM “‘Every Painting Should Tell a Story’:  Old and New in Archibald Motley”  –  Jerma A. Jackson, Associate Professor of History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

2:30 – 2:50 PM             Break

 

2:50 – 3:40 PM   Panel Conversation moderated by Davarian L. Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American  Studies, Trinity College, Hartford

 

3:40 – 3:55 PM   Concluding remarks by Richard J. Powell

 

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.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

tourstoo

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.

All that Jazz

Durham Symphony and All That Jazz: NC Connections (at Carolina Theatre) - 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Durham Symphony Concert with Maestro William Henry Curry and special guests Lenora Helm, Lois Deloatch, Rozlyn Sorrell, Gregg Gelb, Brian Horton, the John Brown Trio and Composer Steven Bryant.

 

Sponsored by the N.C. Arts Council. Pre-concert talk with Composer Steven Bryant, 2:30 PM. Post- concert reception with Maestro William Henry Curry and guest artists; donations accepted. Chance to win two free tickets for Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, a major retrospective of the American painter at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

More information.

 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Exhibition Opens: Sound Vision - 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

The Nasher Museum presents an exhibition of recent acquisitions of contemporary art and other highlights from the collection. Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection  includes paintings, works on paper, photography, video, installation and sculpture. It is on view March 6 through August 8.

Sound Vision features 37 works by artists including Njideka Akunyili, Radcliffe Bailey, Sanford Biggers, William Cordova, Noah Davis, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Charles Gaines, Deborah Grant, Barkley L. Hendricks, Taiyo Kimura, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid, Zanele Muholi, Odili Donald Odita, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Robert Pruitt, Dario Robleto, Gary Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Burk Uzzle, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

The exhibition reflects a collecting strategy with a focus on artists who are living and working today, and may be emerging or unexpected. The work of these younger artists, often connected to the museum through exhibitions, is juxtaposed with established artists who have greatly influenced art of the 21st century.

Sound Vision will be complemented by free programs at the Nasher Museum, including a talk by artist Carrie Mae Weems, who will deliver the Barbra and Andrew Rothschild Lecture on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. Other related free programs include two Family Day events, a gallery talk, teacher workshops, a talk at Durham Public Library, sketching in the galleries and more.

Sound Vision was organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum.

IMAGE: Njideka Akunyili, “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” Might Not Hold True For Much Longer, 2013. Acrylic and transfers on paper, 66 x 84 inches  167.6 x 213.4 cm. Promised Gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine, T’84, P’15.

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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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Rothschild Lecture: Carrie Mae Weems - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

“A Star Three Decades in the Making” — The Wall Street Journal

A video of this lecture is available for viewing here.

The Nasher Museum presents American artist Carrie Mae Weems, a star in the contemporary art world known for powerful and provocative photographs and videos. Weems’ reputation has grown over the course of her career, through documentary and autobiographical photographic work and also more conceptual and philosophically complex works, including the groundbreaking Kitchen Table Series (1990). Weems is a socially motivated artist whose work confronts stereotypes and labels. She has said she wants “people of color to stand for the human multitudes” and for her work to resonate with all audiences. In September 2013, Weems was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” and the Guggenheim Museum in New York opened a 30-year retrospective of her work in January 2014. This spring, the Nasher Museum acquired a second work by Weems, the 2003 diptych on view in the exhibition Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection (March 6 – August 3, 2014). Weems grew up in Portland, Ore., and is based in Syracuse, NY.  The annual lecture is made possible by Barbra and Andrew Rothschild. Free and open to the public. Lecture hall opens at 6:30 PM and space is limited.

 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Jazz Brunch at the Nasher - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Enjoy a Jazz brunch at the Nasher Museum Cafe with music provided by The Art of Cool Project.

tourstoo

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.

jazzfiction

Book Discussion: The Jazz Fiction Anthology - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

With the new exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist on the main stage, the Nasher Museum explores jazz through works in The Jazz Fiction Anthology (ed. Sascha Feinstein and David Rife), a collection of short fiction works written between 1920 and the present.

 

This selection of jazz-related fiction includes authors Ralph Ellison, Eudora Welty, James Baldwin, and Richard Yates.  While many stories explore the lives of 1920s musicians and artists, the collection is tied together across authors and times through the spirit of the music.  The writers not only write about jazz, but compose a linguistic form of jazz, translating the experience of the music into accessible stories. In the editors’ own words, “The actions of characters and the descriptions of landscapes provide metaphoric ways to consider the essence of music. What fiction can do, in other words is recreate the ambiance of jazz and… allow us to reconsider the music beyond its sheer aesthetic power.”

 

We invite you to explore selections from these jazz-influenced stories with us.  Book discussions will take place on Sunday, March 9 at 2 PM and on Wednesday, March 12 at 11 AM. Both conversations will be held in the Archibald Motley exhibition.  Copies of The Jazz Fiction Anthology can be purchased at the Nasher Museum Store.  Museum members receive a 10% discount. 

 

Questions can be directed to Jessica Ruhle at jessica.ruhle@duke.edu

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

jazzfiction

Book Discussion: The Jazz Fiction Anthology - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

With the new exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist on the main stage, the Nasher Museum explores jazz through works in The Jazz Fiction Anthology (ed. Sascha Feinstein and David Rife), a collection of short fiction works written between 1920 and the present.

 

This selection of jazz-related fiction includes authors Ralph Ellison, Eudora Welty, James Baldwin, and Richard Yates.  While many stories explore the lives of 1920s musicians and artists, the collection is tied together across authors and times through the spirit of the music.  The writers not only write about jazz, but compose a linguistic form of jazz, translating the experience of the music into accessible stories. In the editors’ own words, “The actions of characters and the descriptions of landscapes provide metaphoric ways to consider the essence of music. What fiction can do, in other words is recreate the ambiance of jazz and… allow us to reconsider the music beyond its sheer aesthetic power.”

 

We invite you to explore selections from these jazz-influenced stories with us.  Book discussions will take place on Sunday, March 9 at 2 PM and on Wednesday, March 12 at 11 AM. Both conversations will be held in the Archibald Motley exhibition.  Copies of The Jazz Fiction Anthology can be purchased at the Nasher Museum Store.  Museum members receive a 10% discount. 

 

Questions can be directed to Jessica Ruhle at jessica.ruhle@duke.edu