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.
Lee Barbour is a gifted guitarist and composer from Charleston, SC. He has performed and recorded with several international artists, including guitar legend Joe Beck, Fred Wesley (James Brown), Earl Klugh, Kebbi Williams (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Elise Testone (American Idol) and Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels and Rope). Lee has composed music for documentaries, animation, commercials and feature film. He taught guitar at The New York City Guitar School and The College of Charleston and continues to teach privately. Lee performs regularly with several different projects and runs his own production company, Avant Garage, producing original music for all visual media. The Lee Barbour Trio showcased their technical mastery and unique explorations on July 24, 2019 at the 3rd Annual Art of Jazz Series at the Gibbes Museum of Art!
Inspired by: Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem
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.
Soft Opposite – by Lee Barbour
I’m Going Home Again to See if You Are There – by Ron Wiltrout, Inspired by Lawdy Mama, 1969, by Barkley L. Hendricks (American, 1945-2017); Oil and gold leaf on canvas; 53 ¾ x36 ¼ in.; Image courtesy of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
3rd Text – by Jonathan Lovett, Inspired by 3rd Text, 2000, by Odili Donald Odita (Nigerian, 1966); Acrylic on canvas; 70 ¼ x 104 in.; Image courtesy of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Believe, Beleft, Below – by Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Inspired by 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.
Solon – by Lee Barbour, Inspired by Solon 6:12, 2000, by Kori Newkirk (American, 1970); Plastic pony beads, artificial hair, metal brackets; 83 x 73 in.; Image courtesy of the Studio Museum Harlem.
Enter the Dragon – by Charlie Hunter
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.