May 15 | Rosenberger Medal Lecture: Kerry James Marshall

May 15, 2017
7pm - 9pm
Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 915 E 60th St

free and open to the public

Widely considered one of the most important artists working in the world today, Kerry James Marshall, the University of Chicago’s 2016 Rosenberger Medal awardee, has created a body of work over his lifetime that has reoriented the canon of art and contemporary representation. Through lush and structurally complex paintings and other media he has told a story about race and American history that is at once unflinching and affirming. Awards and honors include a MacArthur Genius Grant, and serving on President Obama’s Committee on Art and the Humanities. Marshall has exhibited at major venues around the globe including Documenta (1997, 2007), the Venice Biennale (2003, 2015), and the Whitney Biennial (1997), among others. A major survey exhibition of his work, Mastry, opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2016, which has traveled to the Metropolitan Museum in New York and will be on view at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Mar 12–Jul 3, 2017.

Presented by the Office of the President, the Department of Visual Arts, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture (CSRPC), and the Logan Center for the Arts


The Rosenberger Medal was established in 1917 by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse L. Rosenberger in recognition of achievement through research, in authorship, in invention, for discovery, for unusual public service, or for anything deemed of great benefit to humanity.

Nominations for the Rosenberger Medal are submitted and voted on by several faculty Ruling Bodies. Rosenberger Medalists are invited to receive their awards at the spring quarter convocation, and to give a public lecture or workshop during the following academic year.


Kerry James Marshall, Artist


Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director, The Joffrey Ballet


Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director, Chicago Children's Choir


Jeanne K. Gang, Principal and Founder, Studio Gang Architects


Anne Bogart, Co-founder and Artistic Director of SITI Company


Earl Von Freeman, Sr., Tenor Saxophonist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master


William Kentridge, Artist