Editor's note: The Baltimore Museum of Art provided source material to Resource Library Magazine for the following article or essay. If you have questions or comments regarding the source material, please contact the Baltimore Museum of Art directly through either this phone number or web address:
Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing, Meditations on Black Aesthetics
The Baltimore Museum of Art presents a major exhibition of new work by nationally acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall. On display from June 20 through September 5, 2004, Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing, Meditations on Black Aesthetics examines black history, identity, and cultural tradition through more than 40 works, including paintings, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. Additionally, Marshall will be at the BMA on opening day, June 20, to discuss his work, and he will curate an exhibition this summer at Artscape, Baltimore's premier arts festival. (right: 7 am Sunday Morning , 2003, acrylic on canvas,  Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, NY)
A painter, photographer, printmaker, and installation artist, Marshall's remarkable talent has earned him a coveted MacArthur Fellow "genius" award. Best known for large-scale paintings that reflect his engagement with social history, the civil rights movement, and his experiences as an African American, Marshall is represented in more than 30 public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. 
"We are delighted to bring this highly regarded artist to Baltimore," said BMA Director Doreen Bolger. "Kerry James Marshall is an important voice in the African-American community, and these are some of his most powerful works to date."
Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing, Meditations on Black Aesthetics represents a new direction in Marshall's work in which he opens a dialogue on the issue of black aesthetics, the practice of being an artist, the question of integration versus assimilation, and notions of race.
"You can't be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955, and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you've got some kind of social responsibility," said Marshall. "You can't move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go."
The term black aesthetics first emerged within the 1960s civil rights and Black Power movements as a way to raise awareness for black rights, foster black cultural pride, and develop strategies for African Americans to participate more actively in the mainstream of U.S. society. Throughout this exhibition, Marshall has drawn upon the dense and unique layering of language, music, and art characteristic of black expression to infuse Western art -- historical styles with the political and social realities of the African-American experience.
Examples of works in the exhibition include:
Marshall will also curate an exhibition at Artscape, Baltimore's premier arts festival. Marshall will select six Baltimore-area artists from open submissions, and he will invite six artists from his hometown of Chicago to participate in Baltimore/Chicago Show, on display June 20July 31, 2004 at the Decker Gallery in the Station Building at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The Artscape festival runs July 16-July 18.
Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing, Meditations on Black Aesthetics was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and curated by Elizabeth Smith, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, with Tricia Van Eck, Curatorial Coordinator.Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in honor of Bette and Neison Harris. Additional support is provided by The Joyce Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Peter Norton Family Foundation, The Boeing Company, and Loop Capital Markets.
In Baltimore, the exhibition is curated by Chris Gilbert, BMA Curator of Contemporary Art, and is sponsored by Piper Rudnick LLP and Brown Capital Management. Additional support is provided by Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III.
1. jpg image courtesy of media relations department, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
2. Acording to the August, 2003 exhibition press release from Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago:
3. Acording to the August, 2003 exhibition press release from Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago:
RL readers may also enjoy:
The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College does a series called Otis Speaks. Kerry James Marshall spoke to students and the public September 7th 2008. He spoke about his life, his influences, and his art illustrated by images of his work. [6:49] Text from Otis College.
Read more articles and essays concerning this institutional source by visiting the sub-index page for the Baltimore Museum of Art in Resource Library
TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:
TFAO does not maintain a lending library of videos or sell videos. Click here for information on how to borrow or purchase copies of VHS videos and DVDs listed in TFAO's Videos -DVD/VHS, an authoritative guide to videos in VHS and DVD format.
Links to sources of information outside of our web site are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations. Although TFAO includes links to other web sites, it takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating web pages see TFAO's General Resources section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History. Individual pages in this catalogue will be amended as TFAO adds content, corrects errors and reorganizes sections for improved readability. Refreshing or reloading pages enables readers to view the latest updates.
Search Resource Library for thousands of articles and essays on American art.
Copyright 2008 Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation. All rights reserved.