Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A lesser-known modernism inspired by an African-American Roman Catholic

By Holland Cotter
“Self-Portrait (Myself at Work)" (1933). Credit Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne
NEW YORK---I don’t know how museums plot their seasons, but it was a good plan to have “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” be the first career retrospective to appear at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new home. Motley is an important but still understudied figure. The show itself is neither large nor hot off-the-shelf. (Motley was a practicing Roman Catholic.) [link]

 Whitney Museum of American Art: “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” (Ends January 17, 2015); 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY; (212) 570-3600; whitney­.org