The Jazz Aesthetic

ARTH-AFR 316: The Jazz Aesthetic

This seminar examines intersections of African American visual arts with the rise of jazz music from African-derived work-songs and spirituals of the 19th century to the later development of rock-n-roll, funk, and hip-hop into the 1990s. We will explore multifaceted themes in art, literature, and film, such as the color theories of Wassily Kandinsky, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, the photomontages of Romare Bearden, and Sun Ra’s AfroFuturist film Space is the Place. We will treat the art and artists related to Cubism, the Harlem Renaissance, Social Realism, Abstract Expressionism and the Black Arts Movement, among others, and will consider individuals such as Aaron Douglas, Josephine Baker, Norman Lewis, David Hammons, Miles and Betty Davis, and Betye Saar.

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