Past Event

Broadway Boogie Woogie: Rhythm in the Visual Arts with Bob O’Meally

Ask a painter to “explain” a painting to you, and within minutes, hands will be flying, as they describe the angles and the rhythms of the images. This evening, we investigated the influence that jazz had on such masters as Stuart Davis, Piet Mondrian and Romare Bearden. Our guide was Professor Robert G. O'Meally, Columbia University’s Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and founder and director of the Center for Jazz Studies. His newest project is a full study of Bearden's uses of literary subjects, and this evening Professor O’Meally shared his passion for jazz and fine art in an original, provocative, and eminently entertaining way.