Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

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Kids can listen and learn from this audio guide highlighting selected works in Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.

NARRATOR: Welcome to this exhibition, Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. Archibald Motley is best known for portraits, cityscapes, and paintings of jazz clubs. These were all popular subjects in American art during the 1920s, when Motley began his career. But unlike other American artists at the time, he mostly painted the African American community—especially in his hometown, Chicago.

Please walk into the first room of the exhibition—it’s full of vivid, realistic portraits. 


Archibald J. Motley Jr., 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, c. 1963–72. Oil on canvas, 48 7/8 x 40 3/4 in. (124 x 103.5 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy the Chicago History Museum. © Valerie Gerrard Browne