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Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey Lecture

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Reception Hall, Level Three

Dr. Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature and founder and former director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, and curator of the exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey gives a lecture titled Drawing Us Together: Bearden, Homer, and the Tradition of the Improviser.
In this lecture, Dr. O’Meally will emphasize improvisation as a strategy both for making art and for moving through the briarpatch of our modern world. Homer was an improvising teller of very old tales. So were James Joyce, Toni Morrison, and Bearden’s buddy Ralph Ellison. The Odyssey’s hero is no less a shape-shifting improviser than Melville’s Confidence Man or Ellison’s Rinehart. Bearden, who was as strongly influenced by jazz music—by the pianist Earl Hines in particular—as by literature, revises the Dutch Masters, the Cubists, and the Harlem Renaissance painters to suit his artistic project. As a collagist, what parts and pieces did Bearden add to art history that were not there before?

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  • Cecile L.

    In the Discussions tab for our meetup group, I entered a post about the professor who presented the lecture at the Carlos Musem.

    January 15, 2014

  • Cecile L.

    This 16-minute video is a good follow-up to the Jan. 14 lecture and a good prelude to Robert O'Meally's upcoming lecture on February 18 (Love and Gender: Homer, Bearden, and Eros).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-0ZbWUaD-4

    January 15, 2014

  • Havana H.

    Awesome!

    January 14, 2014

  • Jim B.

    Wow, what a great lecture. Maybe the best lecturer I have heard on a cultural topic. Dr. O'Meally made this lecture more than I expected. This show and lecture are part of the SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service. Dr. O'Meally does have a companion book published in 2008, of the same name for those looking for more insight. The Dr is also a Jazz Scholar and deftly integrated Louis Armstrong into his theme of "We are all a collage"

    The tour has a website here and some free Apps for smartphones
    http://www.sites.si.edu/romareb...­

    Dr P'Meally, as curator of the exhibit, will be back March 4th to discuss more on the music that influenced Romare Bearden

    January 14, 2014

  • Havana H.

    Im on the back row...

    January 14, 2014

  • Jim B.

    I will be meeting and greeting our members in the corridor on the third level outside the lecture/exhibit area. I look like my smiling face to the left, I am tall, and I most likely will have a sport jacket on. My cell is[masked] if you want to coordinate via text or talk. I also have the meetup app on my phone so posts here will pop up on my phone. I will try to remember my FOTHMA lanyard and name badge and have it around my neck

    January 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will this lecture be online at some point?

      January 14, 2014

    • Havana H.

      I would not think so.

      January 14, 2014

  • Jim B.

    This is a lecture only the exhibit will not be open per an eamil i just got from the Carlos That mreans lots of chairs Yea

    January 12, 2014

  • Jim B.

    This lecture appears to be very popular and I would highly recommend getting there as early as possible Also, be prepared to stand as the lecture will be held in the exhibit galleries.

    January 10, 2014

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