Sunday Series Artist Talks: Marvin Touré

Throughout 2024 we’ll be hosting conversations between artist & curator. Judy Barie, Director of Galleries at The Chautauqua Institution, and a member from Pittsburgh’s creative community to discuss their work & practice.

This May, we’re excited to welcome Marvin Touré to the conversation!

Judy Barie is a curator and painter with a long career supporting artists. She divides her time between Pittsburgh, PA and Chautauqua, NY, where she serves as the Susan and John Turben Director of the Chautauqua Visual Arts Galleries. At Chautauqua, she curates and directs a variety of contemporary exhibitions while inspiring collectors and supporting artists. Judy was also the curator of PCA&M’s 2023 Member and Student Exhibition. 

Marvin Touré  is an Ivorian-American  artist whose interests in familial and cultural storytelling guide his interdisciplinary practice. Touré engages with mythology and the objects of innocence as vehicles to investigate themes of memory and constructed histories. In his exhibition “the blood is the water.” currently on view at The Mattress Factory, Touré says; “I grew up hearing stories of mythical creatures, spirits, and the magic of West Africa and the American South. Although familial mythologies carried similar themes, they were particularly potent. They simultaneous carried an ability to root me in the historical and connect me to the fantastical.”