Jazz has long been celebrated as a uniquely American art style. Emerging from Black communities who migrated to the major cities following the rise and expansion of Jim Crow laws in the Deep South, jazz is known for intermingling Black culture and improvisation. Taking inspiration from the Whitney’s current exhibition Jason Moran, this thematic tour will trace jazz's relationship to the visual arts through key pieces from the Whitney's collection, including works by Archibald John Motley, Jr., Norman Lewis, Florine Stettheimer, and others.
Ayanna Dozier is an artist, lecturer, curator, and PhD Candidate at McGill University. Her dissertation, Mnemonic Aberrations, examines the formal and narrative aesthetics in Black feminist experimental short films in the United Kingdom and the United States. Her writings as a cultural theorist can be found in Cléo, Artexte, and Another Gaze. She is the author of the forthcoming 33 1/3 book on Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope. Dozier is currently a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and on staff in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.
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