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People Everyday: The Vantage of Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (detail), 1998/2007, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (detail), 1998/2007, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

People Everyday: The Vantage of Kerry James Marshall
Two-Point Perspective Gallery Talk

Marcyliena Morgan, Professor of African and African American Studies, Executive Director of the HipHop Archive, Harvard University. Susan Dackerman, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums

In a monumental print, Kerry James Marshall foregrounds African American men in a rather ordinary social exchange within a sparse domestic interior. Dackerman will discuss the artist’s woodcut techniques and art historical references to 17th-century genre painting, while Morgan will consider the implications of making aspects of Black Culture visible in contemporary art in the late ’90s. Together they will examine how the artist complicates viewer expectations of the everyday lives of African Americans.

This series considers objects from more than one point of view. The informal talks, many of them by Harvard Art Museums curators, conservators, and educators and Harvard University faculty members, are designed to stimulate thinking about works of art and to encourage participants to explore their own ways of seeing.

Free with the price of admission.

Gallery talks are informal and include discussion. Limited to 25 participants; please arrive early.