Come out and enjoy the FREE exhibition of Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist as the Chicago Cultural Center celebrates twentieth-century American artist Archibald J. Motley, Jr. (1891-1981) and reveals his continued impact on art history. While considered a major contributor to the Harlem Renaissance, Motley never lived in New York but rather played that role from Chicago – his home for most of his life.
This full-scale survey of 42 remarkable paintings chronicles the African-American experience, including life in Chicago’s Bronzeville, and gives a radical interpretation of urban culture of the Jazz Age 1920s and 1930s. Spanning 40 years and representing various periods of his lifelong career, the exhibition also includes his noteworthy canvases of Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico, as well as works that address slavery and racism.
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist at the Chicago Cultural Center is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by Columbia College Chicago. The exhibition originated at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and was curated by Dr. Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke. Grant support to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events provided by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Support to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art; the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor; and the Henry Luce Foundation; and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.
March 7-August 31, 2015
Upcoming Programs at the Chicago Cultural Center
Through an innovative collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Columbia College Chicago is launching a series of performances, curricula and programming on this modern master. From spoken word to jazz choreography, Columbia College Chicago faculty, students and staff will engage the historic context of Motley’s era, paying tribute to the artist’s innovation and determination. The themes of his work—identity, migration and social change—will be central to all of the contemporary performances and programs throughout the city. For more information, visit www.Colum.edu/motley.
Exhibition Preview: March 6, 2015, 5:30-9pm
Gallery Talk: March 10, April 14, May 12 & June 9 at 12:15pm in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North
SYMPOSIUM: As She Sees Herself: African American Women in the Paintings of Archibald Motley
May 2 from 10am-3pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Panelists include Dr. Cynthia Blair (University of Illinois at Chicago), Dr. Romi Crawford (School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Film Archives), Dr. Monica Hairston O’Connell, (Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago) and Dr. Amy M. Mooney (Columbia College Chicago) discussing Motley’s complex construction of womanhood.
JAZZ AND JIVE II: Music and Dance Inspired by Archibald Motley
May 15 from 3-4pm & 5-6pm at The Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.
Under the direction of renowned tap dancer Jimmy Payne, jazz choreographer Keesha Beckford and trumpeter/composer Scott Hall, Columbia College Chicago students will perform a tribute to Archibald Motley that draws from the dynamic and innovative black cultural traditions of jazz and dance.
FILM I: Race and Gender Matters
May 17 from 4-6pm at the Black Cinema House, 7200 S. Kimbark Ave.
Screenings of Charleston Parade (Jean Renoir, 1927), the silent film short depicting a devastated Europe and Africa, and Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin, 1995), the neo-noir detective drama based on the novel by Walter Mosley, will be followed by a brief response from a local filmmaker, artist or scholar. This three-part film series is curated by Dr. Romi Crawford (School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Film Archives).
CONCERT: Louis Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration
May 18 from 9am-3pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
The Louis Armstrong Legacy Program will showcase the Chicago Public Schools bands and choirs that have been studying under the program’s artist-in-residence Wycliffe Gordon.
CHICAGO’S SOUND PALETTE I: Tomeka Reid
May 28 from 6-7pm in Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor North
Cellist Tomeka Reid, a resident and activist in Motley’s own Bronzeville neighborhood, will respond to the sonic quality of Motley’s oeuvre. This series, curated by Kate Dumbleton (Hyde Park Jazz Festival and School of the Art Institute of Chicago), features some of Chicago’s most remarkable emerging composers and musicians.
Chicago Cultural Center
Monday–Thursday, 9 am–7 pm
Friday, 9 am–6 pm
Saturday, 9 am–6 pm
Sunday, 10 am–6 pm – Closed holidays
Exhibit Hall Hours:
Monday–Thursday, 10 am–7 pm
Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602