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The Motley Experiment

March 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us at The Bayview Opera House for the world premiere of The Motley Experiment, Raissa Simpson’s evening-length, multi-media exploration of Jazz Age painter Archibald Motley, March 27-29 at Bayview Opera House. Featuring an original score created and performed live by Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids and an innovative digital landscape.
Simpson draws from Motley’s 1925 painting, The Octoroon Girl, which depicts multi-racial figures of African descent. For Simpson and African American mixed-heritage women, Archibald Motley’s works represent an early portrayal of racialized identities encapsulated into positive portraits of Black lives. Simpson observes, “His own life and his struggle with multiracial identity are aptly found in his work when he paints the ‘Old Negro’ tropes. Walking through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently, I was mesmerized not only by Archibald’s depictions of Black people but also by his nightlife jazz scenes saturated with Majorelle blues. I had never seen dark-toned skins painted with such dignity through blues, reds, and purples. His own life and his struggle with multiracial identity are aptly found in his work.”
This performance is not to be missed!
We thank our supporters who made this possible:Rainin Foundation, Phyllis Wattis Foundation, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts.


March 27
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre
4705 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94124 United States


Bayview Opera House