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Archibald John Motley, Jr.

Gettin' Religion, 1948

About the Artwork

A participant in the Great Migration of many Black Americans from the South to urban centers in the North, Motley’s family moved from New Orleans to Chicago when he was a child. He was especially intrigued by the jazz scene, and Black neighborhoods like Bronzeville in Chicago, which is the inspiration for this scene and many of his other works. In Gettin’ Religion, Motley has captured a portrait of what scholar Davarian L. Baldwin has called “the full gamut of what I consider to be Black democratic possibility, from the sacred to the profane.”

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