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Teacher Tour: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry


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Join us this month to tour Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, discuss classroom implications, and connect with colleagues. Teacher Tours are led by MCA Artist Guides who are experts at using inquiry and dialogue to engage students in learning about contemporary art and ideas.

Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955) is one of America's greatest living artists. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness, at the age of ten, to the Watts riots, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. He studied in Los Angeles with acclaimed social realist painter Charles White and is best known for his large-­scale paintings featuring black figures and frequent references to art history—from the Renaissance to twentieth-century American abstraction—as well as his forays in vernacular forms such as the comic book and the muralist traditions.

This exhibition is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Abigail Winograd, Research Associate at the MCA.

Kerry James Marshall, De Style., 1993. Acrylic and collage on canvas; 104 x 122 in. (264.2 x 309.9 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, purchased with funds provided by Ruth and Jacob Bloom, AC1993.76.1

Digital image © 2015 Museum Associates/LACMA. Licensed by Art Resource, New York


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