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Archibald Motley

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Archibald John Motley, Jr. was an African American painter known for his bold, modernist works in the 1920s, during the Harlem Renaissance. Motley was born in New Orleans, and his family eventually moved to Chicago, where he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Motley’s scenes of American culture were filled with color, vibrance, and visuals that told stories of the modern African American.

Read more about his work, The Octoroon Girl.

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The Complicated Legacy of Archibald Motley
The Complicated Legacy of Archibald Motley

If great art tends to come with ambiguities, then, of course, great artists have the same tendency. The life and work of Arc…

The Revolutionary Portraits of Archibald Motley
The Revolutionary Portraits of Archibald Motley

In this series, the curatorial team presents one work from the Meural art library we find essential. (See all installments.)…

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Archibald Motley: Featured Works
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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age
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