504 E Locust St
Des Moines, California 50309

PAUSE: Practice and Exchange
Jennie C. Jones: Counterpoint

Sat, Jan 29-Sun, Mar 27

Public Programs (FREE w/ gallery admission):
Sat, Jan 29, 2-4 pm: Jennie C. Jones in conversation with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Rita Gonzalez
Thu, Feb 3, 6-8pm: Paul Rucker live music performance
Sat, Feb 5, 2-4pm: Rare jazz film screening including a 1960's concert of Modern Jazz Quartet in San Francisco

Jennie C. Jones’ practice resides at the intersection of art history, music history and African-American history, layering the formal language of modern art—abstraction and minimalism—over the conceptual and technical strategies of avant-garde jazz. Her work in audio, sculpture and drawing extends the parallel legacies of experimentation, of what Jones calls, “wit and riff of these types of radical cultural forms--exploring cultural confluence, hybridization, and a more complex and historically inclusive version of modernism.”

Counterpoint is an intimate foray into the investigation of African-American modes of formalism, with an emphasis on the contributions of the influential composer/pianist John Lewis, a founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ). Inspired by a concert of the MJQ at the historic Blackhawk Jazz Club in San Francisco, the project re-frames the notion of “West Coast Cool” linking its beginning to this single early performance. Functioning not only as a homage to Lewis and MJQ, Counterpoint is comprised of prints and works on paper, as well as sculptural objects ranging from re-configured piano sharps to vintage LP storage racks. The project attempts to transform the routine action of listening into a minimalist art form. Counterpoint also marks the artist’s first collaboration with a musician, Seattle-based cellist Paul Rucker, who will perform interpretations from a rare book of scores written by John Lewis.

Jennie C. Jones: Counterpoint – 701 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103 – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Gallery 3

Jennie C. Jones in conversation with Rita Gonzalez —701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103—Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Large Conference Room

Paul Rucker musical performance—701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103—Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Gallery 3

Rare jazz film screening—701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103— Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Gallery 3

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Added by ybcapr on January 7, 2011

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