Jazzed About Art

Rhythm. Color. Movement. Seeing sound through art.

The rich sounds, rhythms, and colors of jazz inspired prominent visual artists of the 20th century. In depicting African American culture, Romare Bearden painted jazz scenes, incorporated titles of favorite performances in his collages, and created specific works for albums by Charlie Parker, Donald Byrd, and other greats. Stuart Davis said jazz was one of the things that made him want to paint, and he credited jazz with influencing the development of his vibrant style. Jackson Pollack's action painting technique reflected the improvisation, freedom, and rhythm of the jazz music he loved.

Looking for music? Join the Smithsonian in April for Jazz Appreciation Month or visit Smithsonian Jazz at the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Folkways. In New York City? Don't miss The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, on view through August 20, 2017 at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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