Thursday, April 24, 2014
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 2008 inauguration, and is the author of five 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 and American Studies Professor of American Studies and English at Yale University.