The American Jazz Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Partner to Bring Visual Artist Rashid Johnson



Dr. Annalise Fonza
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The American Jazz Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Partner to Bring Visual Artist Rashid Johnson

(Kansas City, Mo.) The American Jazz Museum is pleased to partner with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art to welcome Chicago-born, New York-based multimedia artist Rashid Johnson to feature his new body of work, Hail We Now Sing Joy, on Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Gem Theater. The program starts at 6:00pm and ends at 8:00pm.

Hail We Now Sing Joy will be curated by Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Kemper Museum. The opening program will be held at the Gem Theater, which is located at 1615 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108. This exhibit follows Johnson’s widely acclaimed exhibition Fly Away, which debuted at Hauser & Wirth Gallery in New York City. This new exhibit includes Johnson’s Anxious Audience, which displays large-scale panels of white ceramic tile covered with dozens of agitated faces scrawled in black soap and wax. Using his signature materials of white ceramic tile, red oak flooring, mirror fragments, black soap and wax splatters, Johnson presents inverted figures falling through the air as flying heroes or bodies from crime scenes. Mr. Johnson’s accomplishments are many. Born in Chicago, he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Columbia College, and he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was included in the landmark 2001 exhibition Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and he had his first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He has also presented other solo exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sculpture Center in New York, the Miami Art Museum, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, and more.

On opening night, Friday, February 10, 2017, the American Jazz Museum will celebrate the evening with Rashid Johnson. The exhibit that will run at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art until May 14, 2017, was inspired by the Art Ensemble of Chicago. “Hail We Now Sing Joy is beautiful in that it captures the human elements of jazz: cooperation, improvisation, expression, and innovation,” says Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum. We urge you to come out and enjoy this public program this Friday as we collaborate with the Kemper Museum. The event is free to the public.

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