Meet renowned contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall, known for his paintings, drawings and sculptures that are rich with art-historical references, from Renaissance painting to American folk art. In his work, Marshall investigates the visibility of black people in society and the connotations associated with darkness.
The Nasher Museum recently acquired Marshall’s seminal early work, Portrait of the Artist & Vacuum Cleaner, one of the museum’s most exciting acquisitions to date. The painting is pivotal in telling the story of Marshall’s development as an artist and reveals a number of defining motifs that appear throughout Marshall’s noted career. It is one of the earliest examples of his seminal "invisible man" portrait in his "black on black" style, which first brought him important attention. The painting reveals the beginning of his signature style, involving the use of extremely dark, emphatically black figures that confront racial stereotypes.
Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama, grew up in Los Angeles and lives and works in Chicago. He earned a BFA at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and has exhibited internationally, most recently at the Secession in Vienna, Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada, Camden Arts Centre in London and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Free and open to the public. Museum entrances and pavilions will open at 6:30 PM. Seating is limited. Lecture at 7 PM. Reception with cash bar to follow.