Detail from Archibald John Motley, Jr., (1891–1981), Gettin’ Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 32 × 39 7/16 in. (81.3 × 100.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, Josephine N. Hopper


Detail from Archibald John Motley, Jr., (1891–1981), Gettin’ Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 32 × 39 7/16 in. (81.3 × 100.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, Josephine N. Hopper


Detail from Archibald John Motley, Jr., (1891–1981), Gettin’ Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 32 × 39 7/16 in. (81.3 × 100.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, Josephine N. Hopper

In January, Archibald Motley’s Gettin’ Religion (1948) became the first painting by the artist to enter the Whitney’s collection. We interviewed scholar and historian Davarian L. Baldwin about the work and Motley’s lasting legacy on Whitney Stories. 

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