- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The Whitney Museum of American Art has acquired a major work by Archibald Motley.

The museum says “Gettin’ Religion” is the first work by the African-American artist to be included in its collection.

The 1948 painting depicts a bustling Chicago street scene filled with musicians, young couples and children.

The Whitney currently is showing a retrospective of his works. “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” ends on Sunday. It was organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

The Whitney says “Gettin’ Religion” will go on view in its seventh-floor gallery.



Motley spent most of his life in Chicago. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and came into prominence during the Harlem Renaissance. He died in 1981.

The museum purchased the work directly from his heirs.

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