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“Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist,” at New York’s Whitney Museum

“If you google ‘Harlem Renaissance images’ this is the painting (that will come up in your search),” said Richard J. Powell, the Duke University John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History and Dean of Humanities, as he led a tour at the Whitney Museum of the exhibit “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.” Dr. Powell, whose expertise is in African American art, and theories of race and representation in the African diaspora, curated the exhibit, a forty-two painting retrospective of Archibald Motley’s career, which opened this month and will run through January 17, 2016. Divided into six sections, the exhibition spans work from Chicago, Jazz Age Paris and Mexico of an artist The Whitney says “first achieved recognition of his dignified depictions of African Americans and people of mixed race descent, which challenged numerous contemporary stereotypes of race and gender,” and who, according to Powell, was both “an outlier and part of the community.” Painting titles give a glimpse of what awaits at this exciting and impactful exhibit: “After Fiesta, Remorse, Siesta”; “The Octoroon Girl”; “Self-Portrait (Myself at Work)”; “Blues, 1929”; “Saturday Night” (Nights in Bronzeville section) and “The First One Hundred Years: He Amongst You Who is Without Sin Shall Cast the First Stone; Forgive Them Father For They Know Not What They Do.” Presented in the museum’s 8th floor Hurst Family Galleries of the striking building designed by architect Renzo Piano, the outdoor terrace facing the High Line at the other end of the floor overlooks one of the last remaining working meat packing companies, where a visitor can spot white coated workers at the truck bays. @whitneymuseum  #ArchibaldMotley Whitney.org

                

By Lisa Skriloff
Editor
Multicultural Arts & Entertainment News