Kerry James Marshall Viewing "Many Mansions" (1994) at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000

Kerry James Marshall Viewing "Many Mansions" (1994) at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000
Production still from the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 1 episode, "Identity," 2001

"When I started out, I mean, the artists that I really admired, people like Géricault, that whole genre of history painting, that grand narrative style of painting was something that I really wanted to position my work in relation to. And so in order to achieve a similar kind of authority that those paintings had, I had to adopt a similar structural format."
—Kerry James Marshall