Join us for Where Y’Art?! on Friday, October 12th from 5pm to 9pm. Program includes:
- 5pm to 8pm: Art Making Activity
- 5:30pm to 8:30pm: Music by Eileina Williams with Todd Duke
- 6pm: Gallery Talk with Anne C. B. Roberts, Curatorial Projects Manager: Ralston Crawford & Jazz
- 6pm: Book Signing of Creole Trombone with John McCusker in Museum Shop
- 7pm: Screening: Jean Bach & Matthew Seig’s A Great Day In Harlem
- 8pm: Screening: Michael Frierson & Michael Murphy's Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera
About Ralston Crawford & Jazz
Though he is often remembered for his pre-World-War II precisionist paintings of urban and industrial subjects, Ralston Crawford produced a significant body of work after 1949 inspired by the culture of New Orleans. This summer, NOMA will present Ralston Crawford and Jazz, an exhibition that considers the relationships between music, photography, painting, drawing and film as they intersect in Crawford's work in New Orleans. Organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries, in Saint Louis, MO, the exhibition includes over 150 photographs, prints, paintings, drawings and films, many never before published.
Different aspects of New Orleans have inspired many artists and writers, but for Crawford, New Orleans jazz music had the most profound effect. In his work, Crawford imported the elements of jazz – syncopation, polyphony, and improvisation – and transformed them into visual strategies. Thinking along these lines, Crawford produced photographs of jazz musicians that are as punchy and rhythmic as the music that his subjects played. He made equally strong, graphic photographs of the cemeteries, weathered buildings, signage, and boats at dock. Always inventive, Crawford also interpreted these same scenes in lithographs, paintings, and films. This exhibition brings together works in all of these media and, in some cases, displays the painting, lithograph, or drawing, next to the photograph that inspired it.
About Eileina Williams and Todd Duke
Eileina and Todd have been interpreting music with one another as a duo for over a year. They met on stage for their first performance without meeting each other prior and have been inseparable since. Eileina hails from the United Kingdom and has been performing in NOLA for two years where she has been an extraordinary addition to the Jazz scene. Todd, a NOLA native, is a master Jazz guitarist consistently in demand and on call. Together, Eileina and Todd create a dynamic pair.
About A Great Day In Harlem
(Run Time: Approximately One Hour)
Back in 1958 New York City clubs boasted nightly performances by the greatest players in jazz. Their music and their lives spanned four decades and linked styles and origins from across the country. This is the story of a moment from that era that brought dozens of these giants to a single frame.
A Great Day in Harlem is an hour-long documentary film that brings to life a remarkable moment in the history of jazz – a moment in which dozens of America's jazz legends unexpectedly gathered together for a photograph that would become emblematic of the golden age of jazz. By illuminating this single, historic event, A Great Day in Harlem is a window to an unprecedented era in music history which addresses broader issues of creativity and community in our own time.
About Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera
(Run time: Approximately One Hour)
Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera chronicles the life of one of America's most significant and enigmatic visual artists. A philosopher, architectural preservationist and an early surrealist, his photography and writings documented the cultural and spiritual landscape of twentieth century America.
Born into a religious family in Louisiana, his childhood was cut short, forcing him to leave school. He turned away from the teachings of the church, and toward books, beginning a lifelong quest to find spiritual answers to the stark realities that surrounded him. But it was the gift of a camera that gave him the medium to express his vision. Laughlin’s photographs, and accompanying writings, revealed what he believed to be the effects of war and urbanization on the human condition. His approach was twofold: create works that question “reality” by exposing what lays beyond the “ordinary”; and encourage people to protect what is valuable from the past and use that as the foundation to build a better future.
About Creole Trombone
“John McCusker’s impressive research and deft writing have produced a first-rate biography of this influential jazz pioneer set against the colorful backdrop of New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century. A must-read!”
—Tom Sancton, author of Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White
Edward “Kid” Ory (1886-1973) was a trombonist, composer, recording artist, and early New Orleans jazz band leader. Creole Trombone tells his story from birth on a rural sugar cane plantation in a French-speaking, ethnically mixed family, to his emergence in New Orleans as the city’s hottest band leader. The Ory band featured such future jazz stars as Louis Armstrong and King Oliver, and was widely considered New Orleans’s top “hot” band. Ory’s career took him from New Orleans to California, where he and his band created the first African American New Orleans jazz recordings ever made. In 1925 he moved to Chicago where he made records with Oliver, Armstrong, and Jelly Roll Morton and captured the spirit of the jazz age. His most famous composition from that period, “Muskrat Ramble,” is a jazz standard. Retired from music during the Depression, he returned in the 1940s and enjoyed a reignited career.
All programming is included with Museum admission.
Schedule subject to change.