David C. Driskell Center

 

JAZZ: A DIALOGUE IN THE
PERFORMANCE AND VISUAL ARTS

Thursday, February 14 - Friday, February 15, 2013



Organized by the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Arts Program at the University of Maryland University College


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park

5 - 6pm

Opening Reception at David C. Driskell Center

6 - 7:30pm

Keynote Lecture: Looking at the Music: Jazz and the Visual Arts by Robert G. O’Meally, Ph.D., the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Founder and former Director of the Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013 - Paid event
Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park

**Each session will conclude with Q&A

8am

Registration

9 - 9:15am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

i. Professor Curlee R. Holton, Interim Executive Director, David C. Driskell Center

ii. Greg von Lehmen, PhD, Vice President of External Relations and Initiatives, University of Maryland University College

iii. Professor David C. Driskell, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, College Park

9:15 - 10:45am

"Influence of the Visual Arts on Jazz"

Moderator: Blair H. Hayes, Ph.D., Director of Diversity Initiatives, University of Maryland University College

i. Sight, Sound and Vibration: The Intersection of Music and the Visual Arts
Professor William Smith, Ph.D, Coordinator of Music Industry, and Director of Ethnomusicology Online, North Carolina Central University

ii. Outside the Box, Aural Response to Visual Stimulation
Warren I. Smith, percussionist, drummer, and composer

iii. See What You Hear - Hear What You See: Dialogue in Imagination
Davey Yarborough, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, an educator as well as a performer, bandleader, composer and arranger

10:45 - 11:05am

Coffee Break

11:05am - 12:55pm

"Influence of Jazz on the Visual Arts"

Moderator: Prof. Curlee R. Holton, Interim Executive Director, David C. Driskell Center

i. Variations on Themes
Professor William T. Williams, Artist, Professor Emeritus at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York

ii. Deconstruction Reconstruction
Frank Smith, Visual Artist

iii. Romare Bearden, Jazz and Postmodern Invisibility
Nikki A. Greene, Ph.D., Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art and Africana Studies, Wellesley College

iv. Jazz with Richard Klank in Paint and Carmen Balthrop in Song
Professor Richard Klank, Associate Professor at the Department of Art, University of Maryland, College Park; performs with singer Carmen Balthrop, Professor at the School of Music, University of Maryland, College Park

12:55 - 2:00pm

Lunch Break (On Your Own)

2 - 3:20pm

"Interactions of Dance, Film, Visual Arts, and Poetry with Jazz"

Moderator: Heather S. Nathans, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Director of Theatre, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

i. Rhythm, Rhymes & Riffs: Exploring the Intersection of Jazz & Poetry
Glenn North, Education Specialist and Resident Poet, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

ii. Step Afrika!, Jacob Lawrence & Jazz: The Power of Artistic Collaboration
C. Brian Williams, Founder & Executive Director of Step Afrika!

iii. Jazz under the Lens
Gregory A. Carroll, CEO, American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri

iv. Jazz Music as Racial Coding in U.S. Theatre
Kevin James Byrne, Ph.D. in Theatre Studies, currently teaches at New York University's Tisch School of Drama

3:20 - 3:40pm

Break

3:40 - 4:20pm

Discussion with Curators

Moderator: Brian Young, Curator, Arts Program, University of Maryland University College

i. Robert E. Steele, Ph.D., Former Executive Director, David C. Driskell Center

ii. Dorit Yaron, Acting Director, David C. Driskell Center

iii. Sonié Joi Ruffin, Artist, Visiting Curator, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

4:20 - 4:30pm

Closing Remarks Bonnie Thornton Dill, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park

Concluding Event,
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center,
University of Maryland, College Park

6:30 - 7:30pm

Conversation between Professor David C. Driskell and Branford Marsalis, saxophonist, composer and bandleader

8 - 10pm

Performance by Branford Marsalis


The Jazz Conference is supported, in part, by a grant from the
Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.