Thursday 03/18/21 4PM
Conversations · Exhibition-Related

Kerry James Marshall in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni

Cover Image:

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (policeman), 2015. Acrylic on PVC panel with plexiglass frame, 60 × 60 in (152.4 × 152.4 cm). Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Mimi Haas in honor of Marie-Josée Kravis. © Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

In conjunction with the New Museum’s exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” the New Museum is honored to host a series of artist conversations highlighting the practices of artists participating in this exhibition.

Accessibility: This program will be live captioned. We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible. For full accessibility information, including services available by request, please click here.

Kerry James Marshall is internationally recognized as one of the great painters of our time. His exquisite portraits, richly-textured narrative scenes, and arresting portrayals of historical events all feature unequivocally Black subjects rendered with remarkable beauty and humanity. Born in Birmingham, Alabama at the onset of the civil rights movement, and raised in Los Angeles where he studied painting with the acclaimed artist Charles White, Marshall centers and elevates the Black experience in the United States, bestowing compassion and dignity to subjects long absent in Eurocentric painting traditions. Marshall is now based in Chicago.

Marshall’s work has been exhibited in many American and international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2003) and two Documentas (1997 and 2007). Recent solo exhibitions include “Kerry James Marshall: Mastery” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016) and “In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall” at the National Gallery of Art (2013), among others. Marshall’s work is included in several public museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Harvard Art Museums; Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and many others.


Lead support for “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” is provided by the Ford Foundation.

Major support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Agnes Gund.

New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

Generous ongoing support is provided by the Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Support of artist participation is provided by Laura Skoler.

Additional support for education and community programs is provided by the American Chai Trust.

CART captioning services is provided, in part, by a grant from NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus.

A full list of support for “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” can be viewed here.

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