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Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
Sarah W. Schroth (Project Director: January 2013 to October 2014)

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants
Public Programs

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$120,000 (approved)
$120,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2013 – 7/31/2014

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Implementation of a traveling exhibition and a catalog on African American painter Archibald Motley in the context of early-twentieth-century modernism.

The exhibition "Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist" will be the first time Archibald Motley's work is viewed within an early 20th century international modernist context. As a master colorist and radical interpreter of urban culture, Motley is one of the most important, yet least fully known, 20th century American artists. Despite the broad and enormous appeal of his images, the broader public remains unaware of Motley, largely because many of his important paintings remain in private collections, and major museums have not yet had the opportunity to acquire his work. The primary goal of "Archibald Motley" is to make the work of this important African American modernist better known to the wider public and to generate new scholarship on Motley, by placing his art within a larger historical and art historical context.