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Painter Archibald Motley created a revealing body of work that captured Chicago people and nightlife during the Jazz Age. We revisit our story about the Motley exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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Painter Archibald Motley created a revealing body of work that captured Chicago people and nightlife during the Jazz Age. We visit the new Motley exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Archibald Motley Painted the People and Places of Jazz Age Chicago

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From jazz clubs to barbecues to poker games, a Chicago artist painted the town. The son of a Pullman porter, his colorful canvases and provocative portraits are rooted in an eloquent pursuit of identity.