Art Gallery

Thank you for voting for your favorite works of American art. See which 58 artworks have been selected as the Art Everywhere US campaign below.

View the Art Everywhere US winners art gallery displaying selected artworks that represent American history and culture. 

Illustrations are not to scale. Click each illustration to view an enlarged version of the artwork.

Art Everywhere Exhibition List

View the original longlist of 100 American artworks here.

← Back to Gallery

Nightlife, 1943 Art Map Location #38

Archibald John Motley, Jr.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Field, Jack and Sandra Guthman, Ben W. Heineman, Ruth Horwich, Lewis and Susan Manilow, Beatrice C. Mayer, Charles A. Meyer, John D. Nichols, and Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Smith, Jr.; James W. Alsdorf Memorial Fund; Goodman Endowment.

Chicago painter Archibald Motley depicted the vibrancy of African American culture in his work, frequently portraying young, sophisticated city dwellers out on the town. In Nightlife, a view of a dance hall in the Chicago South Side neighborhood of Bronzeville, Motley employed a dynamic composition and heightened colors to express the liveliness of the scene. Although the figures appear stylized, the artist displayed a keen understanding of social interactions between men and women, which he particularly expressed through gestures and glances. Nightlife was the artist’s response to Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, which entered the Art Institute’s collection in 1942 and fascinated Motley with its treatment of artificial light.