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FREE EXHIBIT – Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance and the Visual Arts

November 8, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - April 27, 2014 @ 6:00 pm


Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance, and the Visual Arts
November 8, 2013 – April 27, 2014

For the first time, two important American institutions are joining forces to collaborate on a significant project centered on a uniquely American art form, Jazz. 

Convergence: The Intersection of visual, film, dance and performance art in Jazz is collaboration between the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City, MO) and the David C Driskell Center at the University of Maryland (College Park).  


Convergence Public Program Schedule

Opening Reception: Convergence Jazz Showcase with Dr. Robert O’Meally 
November 8, 2013 – 6:00 pm

The opening session will be dynamic and include a free atrium concert featuring one of Kansas City’s finest Jazz Bands.  The event will include exhibition commentary by Greg Carroll (American Jazz Museum Chief Executive Officer); Curley Holton (Driskell Center Director) and special guest keynote speaker Dr. Robert O’Meally (Columbia University). Entitled: Looking at the Music: Jazz and the Visual Arts, Dr. O’Meally’s talk focuses on the painter Romare Bearden in particular and considers jazz music as a model for the structures, rhythms, and colors of contemporary visual art. What does it mean to visualize of the jazz of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Billie Holiday? How do painters permit us to look at the music?

Blue Room Performance: Convergence In Blue – Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle
December 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm

This special Jazz Showcase in the award-winning Blue Room jazz club will fuse performing and visual artists in spontaneous performance.  Three visual artists will be commissioned to create original works as the music evolves in collaboration with the performance work from the jazz artists on the stage.  Three separate visual art stations will be created to complement the performance space within the Blue Room, thus giving the audience an intimate connection to the creative process at work.

Jazz Poetry Jams: “ConWORDgence”
January 21, 2014 – 7:00 pm

This program will commission three Kansas City based artists to compose a piece that is reflective of the exhibition and a premier performance of their new compositions incorporating dance, jazz and poetry.  The session will involve a dedicated Jazz Poetry Jams session with a featured national spoken word artist interfacing with each of the recipient commissioned artists within the Changing Gallery space.

Stories from the Vine: “One-On-One” with Dr. David C. Driskell
February 27, 2014 – 6:00 pm


David C. Driskell is today a renowned painter and collector of art, as well as one of the leading authorities on the subject of African American art and the black artist in American society.

This session will feature Dr. Driskell in an intimate discussion reflecting on his journey to success in the arts collection world, his role as a significant artist and educator and the significance of the artists and their works featured in this exhibition. In addition, Dr. Driskell will share his insights on the power of inspiration and influence visual, performing and film artists draw on the creation of their works.

Jazz Storytelling:  “I See Jazz, I Hear Jazz”
March 7, 2014 – 10:00 am

jazzstorytelling (dennis keim)
Using the concept of Synesthesia, young participants will listen to jazz and create reflective simple art projects that reflect their notion of Convergence. The session will be geared for young children ages 2-7 and presented in partnership with several Kansas City based organizations.

Jazz Under the Lens with Greg Carroll
April 1, 2014 – 6:00 pm

This session will explore the significance of the John H. Baker Jazz Film Collection at the American Jazz Museum and feature a screening and lecture discussion of selected films from a collection of soundies taken from each category of the Exhibition including Women in Jazz, African American Dance in Early Films, Big Band and Duke Ellington.

“C5”…..Convergence Concert & Collective Creative Conversation
April 10, 2014 – 6:00 pm

In the spirit of the public programming format at the American Jazz Museum, this session will mirror the opening reception with a dynamic free atrium jazz concert featuring one of Kansas City’s finest Jazz bands and a panel discussion with noted jazz, visual arts, spoken word, dance and films scholars.  The panel discussion will spotlight the unique relationship between jazz performance and visual arts and spark a national dialogue on the convergence and its impact on scholarly and creative output. The session will be drawn on the convergence practice with an eye toward understanding how each artist’s genre is inspired by the other’s.

November 8, 2013 – April 27, 2014
American Jazz Museum 1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108


November 8, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
April 27, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
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American Jazz Museum


American Jazz Museum
1616 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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