Archibald John Motley, Jr.

Like several African American artists of the early 20th century, John Motley Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891-1981) was famously associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Originally from Louisiana, at a young age Motley and his family moved to what was once a predominantly white neighborhood known as Englewood in southwest Chicago. Though his father wished he would pursue a career in architecture, Motley chose to pursue art instead, attending the Art Institute of Chicago to study painting. Read more

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Archibald John Motley, Jr.


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