This sculpture features one of Jae's textile designs, a green woolen frock, embedded in a screen-like structure. Evocative of a large collage, the screen is made out of different decorative elements such as a feather, small pieces of mirrored glass, partially painted wood, and a silhouette cutout of a woman wearing a hat. In addition, the artist embedded a dictionary definition of the words frock and frocking, referring to the title's humorous ambiguity.
AfriCOBRA: Heritage and Pride
Saturday, December 2, 3 p.m.
Takes place off site at the Cleveland Public Library, Langston Hughes Branch (10200 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106)
AfriCOBRA, the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists, was founded in Chicago at the height of the Civil Rights Movement by a group of black artists who made it their mission to effect positive change with artwork that affirmed and uplifted the black community.
This program will share an overview on the history of AfriCOBRA followed by a panel discussion with Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, two of AfriCOBRA's founders who now claim Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood as their home. Their work is the subject of an exhibition titled Heritage: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, currently on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Friday, February 2, 6–10 p.m.
Ames Family Atrium
Enjoy a soulful concoction of music across the decades, inspired by Heritage: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell.
$10 in advance, $15 event date, CMA members FREE
Listening Session: Heritage
Friday, February 9, 7 p.m.
Ames Family Atrium
Free, registration required
An important and ongoing theme in the Jarrells' artwork is music, particularly within the context of African American heritage, the experiences and history of black people in the United States, and the influence and essence of their African roots.
Over the run of the exhibition, we're asking visitors to submit the names of songs that they "hear" when they experience Heritage: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell. At this program, explore the link between visual art and music when we play a selection of those songs and use them as a point of conversation and storytelling between audience members and a panel of music enthusiasts. Moderated by Fredara Hadley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin Conservatory.
AfriCOBRA & AACM: Experiments in Art and Music
Saturday, February 17, 3 p.m.
In the years following the Civil Rights Movement, African American artists and musicians searched for new ways to contribute to the message of freedom and equality. In Chicago, the black avant-garde formed the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) as a way to creatively highlight the communities facing racial and economic injustice. Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, whose exhibition, Heritage, is currently on view, were among the founding members of AfriCOBRA in 1968. In this program, George Lewis, AACM's foremost chronicler and author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music will share insights about the new music and art that emerged from Chicago in 1965–75. A member of AACM since 1971 and the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University, Lewis is a trombonist and pioneering composer known internationally for his groundbreaking work in electronic and computer music and computer-based multimedia installations. His lecture will include imagery and musical examples drawing reference to works included in Heritage.