Saturday, March 1, 2014

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.