Image courtesy of the Kennedy Museum of Art. 02/6-05/16
Recollections: Jazz photographs by Herman Leonard February 6, 2015- May 16, 2015 From the Kennedy Museum of Art’s permanent collection, this exhibition features work by American photographer Herman Leonard. Known for his memorable images of jazz icons such as Miles Davis, James Moody, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker, Leonard takes us through the standards to show us the history and transformation of American jazz.This exhibition ties into the Vail Series concert with the Turtle Island Quartet on February 13, 2015. Read more...

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Dressing Difference: Exploring Burma’s Ethnicities February 12, 2015 - May 16, 2015 Displaying the clothing of people who differ from us with respect to history, language, physical features, customs and beilefs is part of the practice of ethnography. Ethnography--- from the Greek ethnos, meaning "people" or "race" and graphon meaning"written"--- has been a part of human nature and human history since earliest times. Explorers, merchants, migrants, and envoys have collected and memorialized the clothing of "others" in written accounts, illustrations, and photographs. In the guise of empirical methodology, these collecting practices are attempts to fix and immortalize cultural encounters and to bring organization to confusing human diversity. But what is the significance of collecting and putting someone else's cultural symbols on display? How do these methods inform and shape our understanding of concepts like ethnicity and identity? What issues and questions arise when outsiders and insiders rely on ethnographic objects to construct or reconstruct ethnicity and identity? This exhibition invites visitors to grapple with critical issues while celebrating the inspiration for this exhibition co-organized with Northern Illinois University's Center for Burma Studies, a pair of rare illustrated ethnographic albums from the Shan States area in Burma (Myanmar). Archival photographs and clothing and accessories representative of various minority groups provide opportunities for comparison with the ethnographic illustrations. Read more...

Kara Walker, Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta. From Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005. Offset lithography and silkscreen, 39 x 53 inches, edition 26 of 35. ©Kara Walker. Collection of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, 21c Museum Hotel. 2/12-5/16
A Time Most “Un”Civil February 12, 2015 - May 16, 2015 Issues of ethnicity and identity are brought to the forefront through the work of world-renown artist Kara Walker. Originally printed in 1866, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War is enlarged and layered with Walker’s iconic use of racially charged silhouettes. The resulting combination invites new readings into the past as well as the present. Join us as we celebrate and discuss the past, present, and future of our collective and individual cultures. Read more...