previews

Minneapolis

Jason Moran

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
April 26 - August 26

Curated by Adrienne Edwards with Danielle Jackson

What lies between the arts is jazz, or so Jason Moran proposes in his first solo museum exhibition. An acclaimed pianist, Moran makes music that is reverent of jazz, but his technical and disciplinary agility orient the piano out toward its broad potential. A piano is a big device, and playing it can feel like activating an installation. This feeling extends to his gleaming sculptural sets, which model legendary music stages. Three works from this series (two from 2015, plus a new piece based on the storied New York venue Slugs’ Saloon) are complemented by recent drawings and documents of performance collaborations with artists including Glenn Ligon, Joan Jonas, and Lorna Simpson. The occasion also marks the premiere of a new performance, The Last Jazz Fest, featuring Moran’s trio, the Bandwagon, in a collaboration with influential DJ Ashland Mines (aka Total Freedom) and hit artmakers Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch. While some jazz is strict, Moran’s is wide open.