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Durham County Library Hosts Art with the Experts: Archibald Motley

Program: Art With The Experts: Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist
Date: Monday, February 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Juline Chevalier and Richard Powell for a presentation and slide lecture on the Nasher Museum of Art’s current exhibit, Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. The program will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 3, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

This will be the first sustained examination of Motley’s paintings depicting modern African-American life in Chicago, portraits and archetypes, Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico. One of the most significant, yet least visible, 20th-century artists, Motley’s paintings have broad appeal. Many of his most important portraits and cultural scenes remain in private collections; few museums have had the opportunity to acquire his work. With a survey that spans 40 years, Motley’s work introduces canvases of riotous color to wider audiences and reveals his continued impact on art history.

Chevalier is curator of education at the Nasher Museum of Art, and Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. The exhibit will be on view until May 11, 2014.

This program is sponsored Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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