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Jason Moran is a musician who has established himself as a risk taker and innovator of new directions for jazz. The Artistic Director of Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Moran was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010. For this special lecture, Moran will present short jazz performances to punctuate his talk. Similar to the way the artworks in the exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing (on view September 16, 2017 through January 1, 2018) were inspired by jazz, Moran’s work is frequently influenced by visual art, including works by twentieth-century painters like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Egon Schiele, and Robert Rauschenberg. Moran has also collaborated with contemporary artists in other disciplines. He scored a ballet for renowned choreographer Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and has also scored video works for contemporary American artists Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker. His ongoing visionary collaborations in the art world have brought Moran additional fans and respect.
Following the lecture, Jason will be available for an artist signing.
$10 ($8 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by Del Monte Foods, Inc.