Jazz Is Playing

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Convergence: Jazz, Films and the Visual Arts” at Bates College through December 13, 2014 is the subject of Ric Kasini Kadour’s article in the July/August 2014 issue of Art New England.

ANE_JA14_cover2“Convergence” is the product of a collaboration between the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, an institution dedicated to the preservation and advancement of “America’s only indigenous art form”; and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Nearly every work in “Convergence” is an example of how artists make visual art from music. Because that music is jazz, these works carry the extra weight of African American history and consciousness as it unfolded throughout the 20th century and continues today.

“Jazz Is Playing at Bates College”
by Ric Kasini Kadour
Art New England July/August 2014
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Musical Missionaries is a woodcut by Chicago-based video/performance artist Jefferson Pinder. It is an incredible reflection of jazz and African American history. Pinder’s video work deals with themes of blackness, Afro-Futurism, and physical endurance. You can see some HERE.