Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (policeman), 2015. Acrylic on PVC panel with plexiglass frame, 60 x 60 in (152.4 x 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

Grief and Grievance: Kerry James Marshall in conversation with Massimiliano Gioni

This conversation between artist Kerry James Marshall and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum, is hosted in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America’. This public program series highlights the practices of artists participating in the exhibition.

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 centres 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.