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Join us for a live music and illustrated presentation highlighting Duke Ellington’s musical self-portraits and his portraits of people he admired–many of whom were black women. Ellington composed several of these works just prior to Matisse’s visit to Harlem in 1930-31; they could well have been among the works the French artist heard while here. Particularly when portraying black women, how might we compare these two artists’ portraits?

With Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English, Columbia University. And musical selections by The Leroy Williams Trio with Lisle Atkinson (Bass), Leroy Williams (Drums), and Richard Wyands (Piano).

This event is a collaboration between the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University.

The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, on view October 24, 2018 to February 10, 2019. The exhibition is curated by Denise Murrell, PhD, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Wallach Art Gallery.

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