Dr. Cornel West on the Blues

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

"Blues is about resistance, blues is about overcoming, it's about prevailing, it's about persisting. 

"But because it's tragic-comic, there's no triumph, as it were."

Princeton's Dr. Cornel West answers the question "What is the blues?" with catastrophe, compassion, the necessity of finding one's own voice, the impossiblity of a blue prodigy, and much more. 

Meditate on the meaning of the blues yourself—Blues for Smoke fills the galleries of the Wex through December 29. 

Video from MOCAtv.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)