The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

This performance centers on a sequence of prose poems entitled "Odyssey." The poems are inspired partly by Homer, and partly by a series of monotypes entitled Orbiana Oliveto by the artist James McGarrell. The images will accompany the reading. The reading will include other short lyrics inspired by Homer and Virgil. Rosanna Warren is the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her book of criticism Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry came out in 2008. She was a Chancellor of the...

This multi-disciplinary panel of artists and scholars will sit in with Bearden, gathering with and around his Odyssean practice, his restless, wandering devotion to the scrap, the fragment, the musical moment, and his abiding in and with the imagination, whose enduring philosophical racialization renders it both disposable and appropriable. Romare Bearden’s collages mirrored and enacted what critic Laura Harris calls the aesthetics of black social life, moving against the brutalities of removal and enclosure that structure global black experience and, therefore, the modern world. A Black...

Columbia to Explore Romare Bearden's A Black Odyssey

A traveling Smithsonian exhibition, Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey *, will make its final stop at Columbia’s Wallach Gallery beginning in November. Centered around collages based on Homer’s Odyssey by the celebrated African American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) and curated by Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, the exhibition is the focal point of a unique yearlong, University-wide exploration of Bearden’s iconic work. Departments and schools, students and faculty across Columbia, from the Core Curriculum to the Global Centers, will engage in an array of public programs, including lectures and conferences, jazz and spoken word performances, and other special events on and off campus beginning in September.

For updates and to register for events please visit www.columbia.edu/bearden. Watch this Video by the Columbia News Video Team for more information about this exciting project.

*Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in cooperation with the Romare Bearden Foundation and Estate and DC Moore Gallery. The exhibition and its related educational resources are supported by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.