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Improvised: A Hip Hop Experience (In-Person)

Romare Beaden
Strange Land, ca. 1959
Oil and casein on canvas	
58 x 42 1?8 in.
The Estate of Nanette Bearden
copyright Romare Bearden Foundation / VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Courtesy DC Moore Gallery, NY and American Federation of Arts

Romare Beaden Strange Land, ca. 1959 Oil and casein on canvas 58 x 42 1?8 in. The Estate of Nanette Bearden copyright Romare Bearden Foundation / VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy DC Moore Gallery, NY and American Federation of Arts

Romare_Bearden_Photograph by Sam Shaw (c) Shaw Family Archives

Romare_Bearden_Photograph by Sam Shaw (c) Shaw Family Archives

Many artists are influenced by the music of their time. In the case of the abstract expressionists of the mid 20th century that music was Jazz. Improvisational and expressive, it inspired Jackson Pollack and Romare Bearden alike. At the Gibbes, we see Hip Hop as an extension of that improvisational tradition and are excited to partner with local DJ Kris Kalyn to host Improvised: A Hip Hop Experience that will have local and emerging Hip Hop artists responding to works in Romare Bearden: Abstraction.

Stay tuned for details!