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Rhythm & Reaction

Two Temple Pace announces Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain an exhibition exploring the impact that jazz had on Britons from 1918. Jazz provoked reactions ranging from devotion to abhorrence when the idea, and then the sound, of the music first entered the consciousness of the British public in the aftermath of the First World War. Visiting American groups such as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the Southern Syncopated Orchestra offered Britons their first chance to experience the music live. Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain will highlight how the new jazz sound in post-War nightclubs and dancehalls provided exciting and dynamic material for British artists. Bold depictions of lively dancers by William Roberts and Frank Dobson, will be displayed alongside the Harlem-inspired paintings for which Edward Burra, one of Britain’s foremost Modernist painters, was well-known. The growing interest in jazz brought black and white musicians, artists and audiences together, and was crucial in influencing changes in British society, moving from stereotypes descended from the minstrel show to a more nuanced …

Resonances: second movement

  As part of Le Printemps de Septembre 2016 in Toulouse (France), led by Christian Bernard, Espace Croix-Baragnon is presenting Resonances: Second Movement an exhibition exploring the notion of rhythm in the work of artists from diverse backgrounds. Resonances is the second chapter of the project  All Of Us Have Sense Of Rhythm presented at David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF), London in 2015, which title was inspired by an anecdote by Langston Hughes, a seminal figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Recalling in an interview how he became a poet – a practice requiring a sense of rhythm – Hughes mentioned how he was then subject of the stereotype whereby all black people have a sense of rhythm. Drawing from Léopold Sédar Senghor’s writings and the history of American musical avant-garde, this exhibition highlights a number of lineages between non-western traditional arts and the much broader field of contemporary practices that have remained overlooked in mainstream interpretations of contemporary arts and cultures. Presented across Croix-Baragnon’s two spaces, the Gallery and Espace III, the exhibition features music scores, …

Résonances: Second Mouvement

Dans le cadre du Printemps de Septembre 2016 (Toulouse), dirigé par Christian Bernard, l’Espace Croix-Baragnon présente Résonances: Second Mouvement une exposition explorant la notion de rythme dans l’œuvre d’artistes d’horizons divers. Résonances est le deuxième volet du projet “All Of Us Have Sense Of Rhythm” présenté à David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF), Londres en 2015, dont le titre faisait référence à une anecdote de Langston Hugues, figure emblématique de la Harlem Renaissance. Expliquant sa vocation de poète – pratique artistique nécessitant un sens du rythme – Hughes évoquait alors le stéréotype dont il fût l’objet en temps qu’élève, selon lequel tous les Noirs ont le sens du rythme. Puisant, entre autres, dans les écrits de Léopold Sédar Senghor et l’histoire de l’avant-garde musicale américaine, cette exposition met en lumière des filiations peu connues entre les arts traditionnels non-occidentaux et le champ plus vaste de l’art contemporain. Répartie dans les deux espaces de Croix-Baragnon, la Galerie et Espace III, l’exposition comprend des partitions musicales, vidéos, sculptures, peintures, de la poésie, photographie et art sonore des artistes John …

Newsletter: September 2016

This summer took eye.on.art between Yaounde and Japan, alongside research and the development of upcoming exhibitions and events. The trip to Yaounde was part of a workshop held at the French Institute (IFC – Yaoundé) in preparation for YaPhoto, the new project co-founded by Christine Eyene and Landry Mbassi, dedicated to promoting photography and lens-based media. Launched at the end of August as yaphoto.co, an independent online platform featuring works by Cameroonian photographers alongside selected news and opportunities, YaPhoto will evolve as a programme of workshops, professional encounters, exhibitions, educational and participatory projects. This visit to Cameroon also coincided with RAVY, Yaounde’s Visual Arts Encounters established in 2008 by performance artist Serge-Olivier Fokoua, which 2016 edition entitled Contemporalités was curated by Mbassi. The biennial included a programme of performances by local and international artists, and exhibitions located over two venues: OTHNI (Yaounde’s Theatre Laboratory) and Kia Motors showroom which main feature was a large installation by 2015 Prince Claus Award winner Jean-Pierre Bekolo, in addition to works by established and emerging local artists. The Goethe Institute …