Jul
15
10:00am10:00am

Open House Closing Party for Harlem: Found Ways

Please join us on the final day of our exhibition, Harlem: Found Ways! We celebrate this summer exhibition, curated by Vera Ingrid Grant, with an all-day open house. We will feature two guided tours, light refreshments, the below film screening and general merriment. Stop by for a visit or stay the day!

The Day's Schedule:

11:30 am - Screening of film "Chapter & Verse" by the Harlem Film Company. Read more about the film here. 

1 pm - Free Guided Tour, no registration required

3 pm - Free Guided Tour, no registration required

Refreshments all day!

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Jul
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

Late Nite Thursday

Please join us for the second installment of our new series, Late Nite Thursdays. Late Nite Thursdays are after-hours talks on the perspectives and practices of African & African-American Art. Our featured artist is Felicia Megginson. For more information about Felicia Megginson, please visit her website: https://www.feliciamegginson.com/ 

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Apr
29
12:00pm12:00pm

Cuban Cinema Series: Casa de la Noche (2016)

13 min. Spanish; English Subtitles

Directed by Marcel Beltrán

La Habana, ciudad maravilla, tiene su raíces en el espíritu de quienes la habitan. La patria que se absorbe desde su seno y se revela. Una visión utópica, inspirada en La Habana y sus símbolos, desde el tratamiento y degradación del celuloide.


 Havana, a marvelous city, has its roots in the spirit of those who inhabit it. The homeland that is absorbed from its bosom and is revealed. A utopian vision, inspired by Havana and its symbols, from the treatment and degradation of celluloid.

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Apr
27
12:00pm12:00pm

Cuban Cinema Series: Contra las Cuerdas (2015)

18 min. Spanish; English subtitles.

Directed by Amílcar O. Cárdenas

'Contra las Cuerdas' endeavors to show the virtually unknown work of activi ists, community leaders, teachers, professionals, writers and artists in the fight to combat discrimination and racism. These groups and individuals are creating their own spaces, with their own alternative initiatives, contrary to persisting institutional resistance. From this eclectic perspective, this documentary seeks to help us understand the magnitude and complexities of the racial problem in contemporary Cuban society.


'Contra las Cuerdas' se esfuerza por mostrar el trabajo virtualmente desconocido de activistas, líderes comunitarios, profesores profesionales, escritores y artistas en la lucha contra la discriminación y el racismo. Estos grupos e individuos están creando sus propios espacios, con sus propias iniciativas alternativas, contrarias a la resistencia institucional persistente. Desde esta perspectiva ecléctica, este documental pretende ayudarnos a comprender la magnitud y complejidad del problema racial en la sociedad cubanacontemporánea.”

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Apr
22
12:00pm12:00pm

Cuban Cinema Series: Black and Cuba (2013)

1 hr 21 min. English/Spanish

Directed by Robin J. Hayes

This award-winning documentary follows street-smart Ivy League students who are outcasts at their elite university, band together and adventure to the enigmatic Caribbean island of Cuba, whose population is 60% Black. Their journey through the streets of of Havana and Santiago reveals enthralling scenes of Cuban life including hip hop performances, block parties, and candid spontaneous encounters with Afro-Cuban youth. As they film their experience, the travelers discover connections between Cuban and American perspectives on human rights, race, and revolution.


Este galardonado documental sigue a estudiantes callejeros de la Ivy League que son marginados de su universidad de élite, se unen y aventuran a la enigmática isla caribeña de Cuba, cuya población es del 60% negra. Su recorrido por las calles de La Habana y Santiago revela escenas apasionantes de la vida cubana incluyendo actuaciones de hip hop, fiestas de barrio y encuentros espontáneos con jóvenes afrocubanos. A medida que filman su experiencia, los viajeros descubren conexiones entre las perspectivas cubana y americana sobre los derechos humanos, la raza y la revolución.

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Apr
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Cuban Cinema Series: Unfinished Spaces (2011)

1 hr 26 min. English/Spanish.

Directed/produced by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray

Unfinished Spaces is a 2011 documentary film about the revolutionary design of the National Art Schools in Cuba. The film tells the dramatic story of the art schools from their founding by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to their eventual abandonment and fall into ruin and recent efforts to restore them.


Unfinished Spaces es un documental de 2011 sobre el diseño revolucionario de las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte en Cuba. La película narra la dramática historia de las escuelas de arte desde su fundación por Fidel Castro y Che Guevara hasta su eventual abandono, caída en la ruina y los esfuerzos recientes para restaurarlos.

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Apr
19
2:30pm 2:30pm

Curator's Tour with Alejandro de la Fuente

Join us for a special Curator's Tour of the Cooper Gallery, for the current exhibition: Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present. The Curator of this exhibition is Alejandro de la Fuente, Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute and Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University. Read more about Professor de la Fuente here.

Please register to attend this tour here. 

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Apr
15
12:00pm12:00pm

Cuban Cinema Series: Heroe de Culto (2015)

27 min. Spanish; English subtitles.
Directed by Ernesto Sánchez Valdés

The tradition in Cuba of homage to José Martí with busts and statues dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Today, many of his busts are produced in plastic through a complex industrial process. This initiative is part of the effort to keep his legacy and thought alive. But beyond achieving that objective, this action makes Martí an object, inserted in a society that sees it as something so routine that it becomes invisible.


La tradición cubana de homenajear a José Martí con bustos y estatuas data de principios del siglo XX. Hoy, muchos de sus bustos se fabrican con plástico a partir de un complejo proceso industrial. Esta iniciativa forma parte del empeño en mantener vivos su legado y su pensamiento. Pero más allá de lograr este objetivo, convierte a Martí en un objeto, insertado en una sociedad que lo ve como algo tan cotidiano que se torna invisible.

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Apr
13
12:00pm12:00pm

Cuban Cinema Series: Diago: Artista Apalencado/ Diago: A Maroon Artist (2013)

28 min. Spanish; English subtitles

Directed and produced by Juana-María Cordones-Cook

 

A documentary about prominent multimedia artist Juan Roberto Diago, who works with discarded materials. Diago understands the creative possibilities of recycling and bricolage; he has labeled himself a “maroon artist,” his artwork a form of “cultural resistance.” In this documentary, Diago openly discusses issues of race and poverty in contemporary Cuba, as well as their representation in his paintings and installations. 


Un documental sobre el destacado artista multimedia Juan Roberto Diago, que trabaja con materiales reciclados. Diago comprende las posibilidades creativas de reciclaje y bricolaje; Se ha denominado "artista marrón", su obra de arte es una forma de "resistencia cultural". En este documental, Diago abiertamente discute temas de raza y pobreza en la Cuba contemporánea, así como su representación en sus pinturas e instalaciones.

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Dec
22
12:00pm12:00pm

SOLD OUT! Artist Response!

Boston-based artist, Dell M. Hamilton, responds to our Carrie Mae Weems exhibition with an intriguing in-gallery performance, engaged with the social and geopolitical constructions of memory, gender, race, language and history.

Blues/Blank/Black incorporates key texts from two of Toni Morrison’s most well known and widely taught novels: The Bluest Eye and Beloved. In addition the performance also conjures figures from American fairytales (goldilocks, Brer Rabbit) and Latin American (La Sucia & La Llorona) folkloric traditions. Blues/Blank/Black also juxtaposes these elements with the invocation of some of the names of black women who have died as a result of police violence. Through gesture, color and repetition, Blues\Blank\Black interrogates trauma and its afterlives as a way of accounting for intergenerational memory, madness, haunting and erasure. 

Very limited entry: 
This is a live performance (~ 25/30 min) that moves through the gallery.
Followed by a reception.

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Nov
6
12:00pm12:00pm

Sundays at the Cooper Gallery: Nikki Greene

Sundays at the Cooper Gallery:

A series of talks on the practice and process of African American Art

Featured guest, Nikki A. Greene, Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Art Department at Wellesley College, in conversation with curator Vera Ingrid Grant on the strategies of artist Carrie Mae Weems

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May
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

"Jason Moran: Looks of a Lot" Film Screening and Discussion with Radiclani Clytus

“It’s a fantastic film that really lays
bare a very powerful interaction of art and jazz”

This short-form documentary by RoundO Films follows the development and culmination of Looks of a Lot, a collaborative multimedia work by jazz pianist/composer/performer Jason Moran, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Collaborators with Moran include the Bandwagon (featuring drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen), visual artist Theaster Gates, reedist Ken Vandermark, musician Katie Ernst, and the Kenwood Academy High School Jazz Band. 
2014, DCP, 61 Minutes. Courtesy of Luhring Augustine and RoundO films.
 
The screening will be followed by a discussion between the film's Executive Producer Radiclani Clytus and the audience moderated by the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery's Director, Vera Grant.

This is our FINAL event as part of our installation, Art of Jazz: FORM/PERFORMANCE/NOTES, so please join us afterwards for our closing reception!

Read more at Luhring Augustine about our event + Jason Moran's upcoming solo show!

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May
5
12:00pm12:00pm

"Art of Jazz" Cinema Series: "Bird"

Bird

1988
2 hours 41 mins
Directed by Clint Eastwood

Eastwood produces and directs Bird, a film burnished with the magic of that 1946 concert encounter between legend and future legend and honored with an Academy Award for Best Sound in its spellbinding recreation of a man and his music. Like jazz itself, Bird rings with counterpoints and embellishments. Past and future overlap as the film explores Yardbird's soaring skill and destructive excesses. Charles “Bird” Parker was one of the great fountainheads of jazz, a creator of bebop whose improvisations and joyful discoveries on the saxophone created a sound that is absolutely distinctive. He stood as a bridge between the swing era and the cool, modern jazz of the 1950s, and even as his career collapsed into disarray, his influence continued to grow. At the end, Bird was denied a cabaret license because of his drug use, and couldn’t even play in Birdland, the famous club named after him. But wherever and whenever he did play, other musicians gathered, because he taught them what they were working for. - Roger Ebert

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Apr
28
12:00pm12:00pm

"Art of Jazz" Cinema Series: "Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser"

Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser

1988
1 hour 30 mins
Directed By: Charlotte Zwerin

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser highlights the life of one of the most extraordinary individuals in the history of jazz. Using precious film footage shot in the late 1930s of the great pianist and composer, this film provides a special opportunity to savor the work of this one-of-a-kind musical revolutionary. This exemplary documentary about seminal jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk reaps the benefits of multiple blessings, including the skilled editorial hand of director Charlotte Zwerin and the patronage of executive producer (and erstwhile jazz pianist) Clint Eastwood. Most vital is the use of extensive 1968 footage, shot by Michael and Christian Blackwood, documenting the sometimes moody, sometimes puckish Monk in the studio, on tour, and off stage, which on its own would make this essential jazz viewing. “The film’s late-60’s portions, which document a European tour and also catch Monk playing in clubs and in recording sessions, are some of the most valuable jazz sequences ever shot,” writes Stephen Holden of the New York Times. 

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Apr
24
12:00pm12:00pm

Sunday Afternoons At the Cooper Gallery: Lina Viktor

Conceptual artist Lina Viktor discusses her career as a painter, sculptor, performance artist and photographer with Vera Ingrid Grant, director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art. Viktor creates bold images composed of blue, black, white and 24-carat gold patterns. Her striking painting, Arcadia, is featured in the Gallery’s current exhibition “Art of Jazz: Form/Performance/Notes,” which explores the intersection of jazz music and the visual arts. Arcadia’s blue hue inspired the Gallery’s wall color for “Art of Jazz.” Viktor has exhibited her work in galleries in New York City, London, Milan and Lagos, Nigeria.

 

The conversation is part of Sunday Afternoons at the Cooper Gallery, a series of talks on perspectives and practices in African and African American Art.

 

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Apr
21
12:00pm12:00pm

"Art of Jazz" Cinema Series: "Round Midnight"

Round Midnight

1986
2 hours 18 mins
Directed By: Bertrand Tavernier

Jazz great Dexter Gordon plays a brilliant, self-destructive, African American musician who moves to Paris in the 1950s to find an audience more appreciative of his art--and more accepting of his race. There a young, female fan bonds with the talented musician, but even her affection may not be enough to save him from alcoholism, drug addiction and depression in this deeply human drama probing the price a great artist must pay for his gift. Round Midnight is a 1986 American-French musical drama film directed by Bertrand Tavernier and written by Tavernier
and David Rayfiel. It stars Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet and Herbie
Hancock. Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret and Wayne Shorter appear in cameos. The protagonist jazzman, "Dale Turner", was based on a composite of real-life jazz legends Lester Young (tenor sax) and Bud Powell (piano). While the film is fictionalized, it is drawn directly from the memoir/biography Dance of the
Infidels written by French author Francis Paudras, who had befriended Powell during his Paris expatriate days and on whom the character "Francis" is based. The film is a wistful and tragic portrait that captures the Paris jazz scene of the1950s. 

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Apr
14
12:00pm12:00pm

"Art of Jazz" Cinema Series: "Mingus: Charlie Mingus"

Mingus: Charlie Mingus
1968

58 mins
Directed By: Thomas Reichman

This documentary records an especially painful moment in Mingus’s life when he was forcibly evicted from his apartment in New York City. Scenes from the apartment are intercut with footage of Mingus and his sextet performing at a little club in Peabody, Massachusetts called Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike. The combo features Mingus on bass, Dannie Richmond on drums, Charles McPherson on alto saxophone, John Gilmore on tenor saxophone, Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet and Walter Bishop, Jr., on piano. The music includes parts of “All the Things You Are,” Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Secret Love.” 

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Apr
7
12:00pm12:00pm

"Art of Jazz" Cinema Series: "The Last of the Blue Devils"

The Last of the Blue Devils

1980
1 hour 30 mins
Directed by: Bruce Ricker

Kansas City jazz is a style of jazz that developed in Kansas City, Missouri and the surrounding Kansas City Metropolitan Area during the 1930s and marked the transition from the structured big band style to the musical improvisation style
of Bebop. The hard-swinging, bluesy transition style is bracketed by Count Basie who in 1929 signed with the Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra and Kansas City native Charlie Parker who was to usher in the Bebop style in the 1940s.

Director Bruce Ricker's 90-minute The Last of the Blue Devils chronicles the 1979 reunion of many of the legendary players, combining interviews, vintage film footage, photos, and some inimitably swinging performances by Basie, Turner, pianist Jay McShann. “The Last of the Blue Devils is an absolute delight.” --Sam Graham

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Mar
31
12:00pm12:00pm

"Art of Jazz" Cinema Series: Syncopation Short Films

Syncopation: Short Jazz Films

1942
1 Hour 37 Mins Directed By: Various

1. “Symphony in Black” (1935 w/ Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday) (9:36)

2. “Rhapsody in Black and Blue” (1932, w/ Louis Armstrong) (10:00)
3. “St. Louis Blues” (1929, w/ Bessie Smith) (15:41)
4. “Cab Calloway’s Hi De Ho” (1933) (10:00)

5. “Bundle of Blues” (1933, w/ Duke Ellington) (9:00)
6. “Hoagy Charmichael” (1939, w/ Hoagy Carmichael and Jack Teagarden) (10:00)

7. “Artie Shaw’s Class in Swing” (1939, w/ Artie Shaw) (10:00)
8. “Jazz A La Cuba” (1933, w/ Don Aspiazu) (5:19)
9. “Black and Tan Fantasy” (1929, w/ Duke Ellington and Fredi Washington) (19:00) 

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