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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Book Discussion for Kids: Harlem Summer - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

With the exhibit Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist in full swing, the Nasher will explore jazz through children’s and young adult literature.  We invite your family to enjoy Harlem Summer, a jazz-era coming-of-age story, with us.  A group discussion of the book will take place at the museum during DPS spring break.

 

Harlem Summer, by Walter Dean Myers, follows Mark Purvis, a teenager in Harlem in 1925. While Mark would rather play jazz music with his friends, he feels the pressure to get a summer job.  Run-ins with Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Alfred Knopf have Mark elated to meet the great figures of his time. However, his financial reality connects him to gangster Dutch Schultz and complicates Mark’s summer, all as he experiences the frenzy of a jazz musician’s life.

 

Myers, a Harlem native, has written over 80 children’s books.  The author has received two Newbery Honors and is a five-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award. In 2012, the Library of Congress named Myers the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  Covering topics from the Harlem Renaissance to modern interpretations of Swan Lake, Myers attributes his prolific writing life to his sheer love of stories. “As a writer, I absorb stories,” Myers says, “and allow them to churn within my own head until I find a way of telling them that fits both my time and temperament.”

 

Intended for students and their families, this book discussion will be on Wednesday, April 16 at 11 AM.  The conversation will be held in the Archibald Motley exhibition. Copies of Harlem Summer 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

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, April 17, 2014

tours

Public Tour - 6:00 PM to 7:00 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.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sketching in the Galleries

Sketching in the Galleries - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Following a brief drawing warm-up activity, visitors can practice sketching artwork around the museum. Paper and drawing utensils will be supplied. Pens and wet media are not permitted in the Nasher Museum galleries.

Sunday, April 20, 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.

Thursday, April 24, 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.

ELIZABETH ALEXANDER

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 2009 inauguration, and is the author of six 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 at Yale University.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

family-day

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

Family Days take place on select Sundays from 12-4 PM.

Create hands-on art projects and explore exhibitions with a gallery hunt.  Enjoy live Jazz music at 1:00 and a performance by Kidznotes at 2:30 PM. Enjoy making beaded jewelry, creating your own carnival signs, and playing our bean bag toss to win Nasher Museum prizes. 

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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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.

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

Discussion about the exhibition Sound Vision with Chief Curator, Trevor Schoonmaker and Curator of Education, Juline Chevalier.

 

This event is at the Southwest Branch of the Durham County Library, 3605 Shannon Road Durham, North Carolina 27707.



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