Columbia Explores Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey

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Columbia Explores Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey


Improvisation And The Moving Image: Artist On Film

A Film Viewing and Discussion with Krin Gabbard and Diedra Harris-Kelley

When he created his Black Odyssey, Romare Bearden was improvising at the same time that he was carefully constructing works of art he knew would last. We hope to begin a conversation in which Bearden’s achievement is placed in a variety of contexts.  First, to investigate the myths of painterly creation, we will look at clips from films that have attempted to represent the work of the artist. Regardless of how much credence we wish to give to these cinematic representations, we will consider scenes from An Unmarried Woman (1978), New York Stories (1989), Pollock (2000), Basquiat (1996), and The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza [2013]), as well as the documentary, Bearden Plays Bearden (2000). In order to explore the Bearden/jazz connection, we will be especially sensitive to the music that filmmakers have associated with the work of painters.  Ultimately, we will explore the improvisational action of artists at work in film, both documentary and fictional.

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