We are delighted to share our From the Archives: Art of Jazz Series Edition with you! The Art of Jazz is an annual performance series presented in collaboration with the Gibbes Museum and Charleston Jazz. Under normal circumstances, we would all be enjoying this series together again this summer live and in person, but unfortunately, we had to postpone the series to next summer due to COVID-19. Each month, we will release a full Art of Jazz performance on Facebook and YouTube.
Richard White is one of the most dynamic pianists and composers in the Charleston area. Brett Belanger on bass and David Patterson on Drums joined Richard as a part of the 3rd Annual Art of Jazz series at the Gibbes Museum!
Inspired by Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Richard White Trio performed new compositions as part of the 3rd Annual Art of Jazz Series at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Founded in 1968, the Studio Museum in Harlem is internationally known for its catalytic role in promoting the works of artists of African descent.
Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share these incredible works of art with the Charleston community. The exhibition addresses themes directly relevant to our region, including race, identity, power, wealth, and memory. The artists in this exhibition are powerful voices in contemporary art that encourage viewers to consider the world around them in new and thoughtful ways. The exhibition, including work by artists such as Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Norman Lewis, Wangechi Mutu, and Lorna Simpson, will expand understanding of modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent.
This exhibition, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, is organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Major support for Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem provided by Art Bridges.
The songs are inspired by the following works of art that were displayed at the Gibbes Museum of Art:
A Man in A Bowler Hat, from the Harlem, U.S.A., series, 1976, by Dawoud Bey (American, b. 1953); Gelatin silver print; 7 x 10 in.; Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Kevin The Kiteman, 2016, by Jordan Casteel (American, b. 1989); Oil on canvas; 78 x 78 in.; Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Black Wall Street, 2008, by Noah Davis (American, 1983-2015); Oil and acrylic on canvas; 60 x 62 in.; Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Number 74, 1999, by Leonardo Drew (American, b. 1961); Rust, fabric, string, stuffed toys, and wood; 97 x 96 ½ x 9 in.; Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
The Architect, 1959, by Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-2000); Egg tempera on masonite; 13 5⁄8 x 17 ½ in.; Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Mother And Child, 1993, by Elizabeth Catlett (b. Washington DC 1915 – d. Cuernavaca, Mexico 2012); Mahogany; 67 ½ x 16 ½ x 15 ½ in.; Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Life Go On, 1991, by Thornton Dial (American, 1928-2016); Acrylic on canvas; 48 x 36 in.; Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
This series would not be possible without the support from our 2019 Art of Jazz Sponsors: the Kite Foundation Fund, Art Bridges, the Gibbes’ Women’s Council, Fox Music, 5Church Charleston, Hyams Garden and Accent Store, the Joseph J. Schott Foundation, and the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant.