Critical Voices—The Image Is Everything: Kerry James Marshall

December 7, 2014 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Kerry James Marshall in his studio. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Kerry James Marshall in his studio. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Kerry James Marshall uses painting, sculptural installations, collage, video, and photography to comment on the history of black identity both in the United States and in Western art. He is well known for paintings that focus on black subjects historically excluded from the artistic canon, and has explored issues of race and history through imagery ranging from abstraction to comics. Marshall has work in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center. He is the recipient of several awards, grants and fellowships including the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 1997.

Critical Voices is an ongoing lecture and discussion series dedicated to the spirit of one of America’s most noted 20th century art critics, Clement Greenberg. Critical Voices brings nationally and internationally recognized artists, curators, historians, critics, and theorists to Portland to engage our community in lively conversations on the nature of contemporary art practices and the role of artists and art in contemporary life.

The Critical Voices series is sponsored in part by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Members free; non-members $15, seniors and students $12. Advance ticket purchase highly recommended.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.