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Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts

Convergence

Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts

David C. Driskell Center for the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 am-Friday, May 31, 2013 12:00 am

Jazz and the Visual Arts come together in tandem to unveil American art's foray into the interplay between jazz and the visual arts in Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts. The exhibition features more than 70 works by innovative artists and filmmakers, mostly African Americans, whose works depict and/or are influenced by Jazz music and culture. This traveling exhibition offers intimate expressions of sound and imagery that explore the depths of African American visual arts and demonstrate the complexity of American visual culture. Convergence opened with a reception at the David C. Driskell Center on Thursday, February 14 at 5:00p.m., and was on display through May 31, 2013. 

The exhibition is organized by the David C. Driskell Center and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. It utilizes the resources available to the American Jazz Museum, a performing arts institution, and the David C. Driskell Center, a visual arts institution, to point toward the spaces for artistic dialogue between jazz and the visual arts.

More than seventy works of art were selected from the Driskell Center's collections, as well as five films from the American Jazz Museum's prestigious John Baker Film Collection. These works reflect the breadth of visual arts media, which artists have worked with in relation to jazz, and includes: 3-dimensional art; audio and film; photography; paintings; drawings; prints and works on paper; and other mixed media. Themes include: jazz performance influences on visual arts and vice versa; iconic figures in jazz performance and visual art; and iconic jazz films.

Installation Images

Convergence Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts

Curated by Dr. Robert E. Steele and Dorit Yaron, the Driskell Center's former Executive Director and Acting Director, respectively, and Sonié Joi Ruffin-Thompson, Visiting Curator at the American Jazz Museum, the exhibition showcases the rhythmic sounds of jazz captured in visual art. The focus of this exciting exhibition, however, is also on demonstrating the creative expressions of jazz-inspired artists who blend both sound and imagery to arrive at exhilarating representations of American cultural life.

The David C. Driskell Center's Exhibition Program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council; the Jazz exhibition and its related events are supported, in part, by a grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.

Travel Schedule

November 8, 2013 - April 27, 2014
American Jazz Museum 1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

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Jazz and the Visual Arts come together in tandem to unveil American art's foray into the interplay between jazz and the visual arts in Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts. The exhibition features more than 70 works by innovative artists and filmmakers, mostly African Americans, whose works depict and/or are influenced by Jazz music and culture. This traveling exhibition offers intimate expressions of sound and imagery that explore the depths of African American visual arts and demonstrate the complexity of American visual culture. Convergence opened with a reception at the David C. Driskell Center on Thursday, February 14 at 5:00p.m., and was on display through May 31, 2013. 

The exhibition is organized by the David C. Driskell Center and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. It utilizes the resources available to the American Jazz Museum, a performing arts institution, and the David C. Driskell Center, a visual arts institution, to point toward the spaces for artistic dialogue between jazz and the visual arts.

More than seventy works of art were selected from the Driskell Center's collections, as well as five films from the American Jazz Museum's prestigious John Baker Film Collection. These works reflect the breadth of visual arts media, which artists have worked with in relation to jazz, and includes: 3-dimensional art; audio and film; photography; paintings; drawings; prints and works on paper; and other mixed media. Themes include: jazz performance influences on visual arts and vice versa; iconic figures in jazz performance and visual art; and iconic jazz films.

Installation Images

Convergence Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts

Curated by Dr. Robert E. Steele and Dorit Yaron, the Driskell Center's former Executive Director and Acting Director, respectively, and Sonié Joi Ruffin-Thompson, Visiting Curator at the American Jazz Museum, the exhibition showcases the rhythmic sounds of jazz captured in visual art. The focus of this exciting exhibition, however, is also on demonstrating the creative expressions of jazz-inspired artists who blend both sound and imagery to arrive at exhilarating representations of American cultural life.

The David C. Driskell Center's Exhibition Program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council; the Jazz exhibition and its related events are supported, in part, by a grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.

Travel Schedule

November 8, 2013 - April 27, 2014
American Jazz Museum 1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

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