Brent Hayes Edwards
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7pm
Buell Hall, East Gallery
West 116th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Columbia University Main Campus
In the late 1960s, Ornette Coleman acquired a large, unfinished space at 131 Prince Street in SoHo that was one of the first and most important locations for what came to be known as the “loft jazz” scene in downtown Manhattan. But there has been surprisingly little documentation on Coleman’s performance space and gallery. Drawing on more than two dozen interviews and an illuminating selection of photographs and archival materials, Brent Hayes Edwards’s talk is an attempt to begin to tell the history of Artist House, as well as to explain Coleman’s seldom recognized but central role in arts activism during the era when SoHo was beginning to flourish.
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