Experts Talk on the Carter: The Art of Jazz—CANCELED

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Thursday, April 23, 2020, 6–8 p.m.

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This event is canceled.

Stuart Davis said jazz was one of the things that made him want to paint, and the artist was one of the first to consider jazz and swing music in conjunction with painting. Davis used bright colors, curved bold lines, and repeating shapes to create a rhythm in his paintings similar to the syncopation and improvisation of the early 20th century’s jazz music. 

In this month’s Experts Talk on the Carter (etc.) lecture, hear about works from the collection by Stuart Davis from experts who work with jazz music in different ways. Stockton Helbing, an adjunct professor at UNT teaching drum set techniques, has directed a jazz masterclass to thousands of elementary, middle school, and high school students throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Area focused on celebrating the jazz masters of the past with performance and discussion. Helbing will talk about how jazz musicians and artists have influenced his own compositions and arrangements.

It wasn’t until John Bramblitt lost his vision in 2001 that he discovered a love of painting. Using his sense of touch, he taught himself how to paint by feeling paint textures, using raised lines, and haptic visualization, or "seeing" his subjects through touch. Bramblitt will discuss how jazz music is a great source of inspiration for him, as he has a rare condition called synesthesia, in which sounds manifest themselves as colors in his mind. 

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