• Reginald Marsh, Tuesday Night at the Savoy Ballroom, 1930, oil on canvas, 56 x 97 5/8".

    “The Jazz Century”

    Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento

    November 15, 2008–February 15, 2009

    Curated by Daniel Soutif

    For most of the twentieth century, jazz has been the avant-garde’s sound track. From its formal developments of improvisation to its articulations of cultural hybridity, jazz catalyzed some of the most celebrated and adventurous moments in painting, photography, literature, and cinema. For this intercontinental group exhibition featuring eighty artists and some six hundred works, curator Daniel Soutif will showcase the music’s artistic dialogue by interspersing the work of modern painting’s most adoring jazz fans (Aaron Douglas, Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock) with less exalted forms of jazz-inspired visual culture, such as album-cover art and comic strips. Supplemented by films (La Notte, for example) and “soundies” (music videos for the jazz era) in vintage viewing cabins, this multimedia show promises to invigorate the study of modern art with a refreshing—and much needed—crossdisciplinary emphasis.