Spring 2011

Paris Blues Revisited: Romare Bearden, Albert Murray and Sam Shaw

10-30-2011 – 02-28-2011

Designed as a book-on-the-wall, Paris Blues Revisited presents fine reproductions of collages by Romare Bearden, writing by Albert Murray and photographs by Sam Shaw. Following the Shaw-produced film Paris Blues, these three men decided to improvise their own Paris Blues – a collaborative picture-and-writing book celebrating Paris as well as Duke Ellington, co-composer (with Billy Strayhorn) of the movie’s soundtrack and Louis Armstrong, one of that movie’s stars. That book was never completed.· Here, for the first time, finished pages, some of them unmistakable masterworks, as well as works-in-progress make clear the power of jazz to inspire collaborations of long-lasting beauty.

Tue–Sun from 10 am–4 pm and 6–11 pm.
Monday from 6–11 pm.

Admission: FREE and open to the public

Jazz at Lincoln Center
The Peter Jay Sharp Arcade
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Columbus Circle, New York City

(212) 258-9800



Paris Blues Suite by Romare Bearden·

Metropolitan Museum displays The Block, for Centennial Tribute to Bearden08-30-2011 – 03-04-2012

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Romare Bearden, The Metropolitan Museum of Artwill display Bearden’s The Block, a six-panel tableau that portrays one city block of the Harlem neighborhood that nurtured his career. On view at the Metropolitan Museum from August 30, 2011, through January 2, 2012, Romare Bearden (1911-1988): A Centennial Celebration is presented in conjunction with a multi-city centennial tribute to the life and work of this great American artist.


The Block, 1971

Li’l Dan The Drummer Boy, Original Illustrations exhibition
09-15-2011 – 11-19-2011

An exhibition of the original illustrations for Li’l Dan The Drummer Boy by Romare Bearden.ImaginOn
300 East 7th Street
Charlotte, NC

Illustration from Li’l Dan The Drummer Boy

The Bearden Project:

11-09-2011 – 9-02-2012

As part of the centennial celebration The Studio Museum in Harlem has initated the Bearden Project. This exhibition brings together the work of contemporary artists who have all been influenced by this twentieth-century master. Artists have been asked to create work and more will be added through the fall/winter 2011-2012 exhibition season, and select works from the project will stay on view at the Museum through September 2, 2012. Each week at thebeardenproject.studiomuseum.orgthe museum will spotlight ten of the featured artists, sharing their story of inspiration and a high resolution image of their artwork. See Also Bearden Elsewhere, for the project with other museums in the Tri-State area. The Studio Museum in Harlem 144 West 125th Street New York, NY 212.864.4500 www.studiomuseum.org


Studio Museum in Harlem Bearden Project, 2011

Color and Construction: The intimate vision of Romare Bearden

11-02-2011 – 12-9-2011


Color and Construction: The Intimate Work of Romare Bearden, a collaborative collection of the artist’s work. The exhibit, which is part of a constellation of shows around the country commemorating the centenary of Bearden’s birth, features pieces on loan from ACA Galleries, DC Moore Gallery, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Florence Ladd, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute.

Color and Constructionincludes some of Bearden’s most well known creations, such as “On Such a Night as This,” “Dreams of Elsewhere,” and “Flights and Fantasy.”

Admission: FREE

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM

Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University

104 Mount Auburn Street, 3R
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617.495.8508



Early Carolina Morning,1978

July 2011-January 07, 2012 Romare Bearden: The Soul of Blackness A Centennial Tribute FREE The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL) 515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10037-1801 (212) 491-2200 www.nypl.org


Slave Ship, 1971

10-15-2011 – 01-08-2012

Impressions & Improvisations: the Prints of Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden’s (1911–1988) life and art are marked by a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, including music, the performing arts, history, literature and world art. Bearden was an essayist on social and artistic issues, a songwriter, graphic designer, set and costume designer for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, poet, cultural commentator, political activist and social worker. Yet the visual arts were his primary focus.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO

The Train – 1975

Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections09-02-2011 – 01-08-2012CHARLOTTE, N.C. This fall, The Mint Museumpresents a major retrospective of the work of Romare Bearden (1911-1988), widely regarded as one of America’s most pre-eminent African American artists and foremost collagists, as well as a noted writer and musician. The exhibition Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections surveys 50 years of the artist’s work, from his early abstract paintings to the influential collages that dominated his later body of work. Opening on the centennial of Bearden’s birth, the exhibition will be on view at the Mint Museum UptownAdmission: Members Free, Adults $10 , Children 5-17 $5Mint Museum UPTOWN at Levine Center for the Arts
500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC

Evening of the Gray Cat, 1982

07-14-2011 – 10-23-2011 Spiral Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective presents works by members of the historic Spiral group, taking as its starting point a recent exhibition of the same name at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. Spiral was a New York–based collective of African-American artists that came together in the 1960s to discuss their relationship to the civil rights movement and the shifting landscape of American art, culture and politics. The Studio Museum in Harlem 144 West 125th Street New York, NY 212.864.4500 www.studiomuseum.org

Norman Lewis Bonfire, 1962 Oil on canvas, 44 ¼ x 56 in