Saturday, March 1, 2014
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.