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Best known as a star jazz pianist and composer, Jason Moran is also a visual artist whose fascinating work explores the interplay between objects and sound, sculpture and stagecraft. This exhibition, the first to showcase his visual work in a museum context, presents Moran’s mixed-media installations based on such historically significant jazz venues as the Savoy and Slug’s Saloon alongside recent charcoal drawings and time-based media works.

Moran has delivered amazing performances at the Wex (with his trio Bandwagon in 2003 and Don Byron in 2006), and we’re thrilled to present this exhibition as well as The Last Jazz Fest, his interdisciplinary performance with Bandwagon and visual artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin, on July 13, 2019.

Jason Moran is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and is made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund. Additional support provided by Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney. Piano by Steinway & Sons.

The exhibition was curated by the Walker Art Center’s Adrienne Edwards, Curator at Large, Visual Arts, with Danielle Jackson, Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellow, Visual Arts.

Savory Ballroom installation

Jason Moran
STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1, 2015
Photo: Farzad Owrang © Jason Moran
Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Musical instrument art installation

Jason Moran
STAGED: Three Deuces, 2015
Photo: Farzad Owrang © Jason Moran
Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

About the Artist(s)

SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS AT THE WEXNER CENTER

Huntington Bank

Cardinal Health Foundation

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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