Exhibition: Paris Odyssey - Romare Bearden, Henri Matisse and Homer

January 19, 2015 - 6:30pm to February 22, 2015 - 8:00pm
Columbia Global Centers | Paris

This presentation of Romare Bearden’s paintings based on The Odyssey will be tailored for the Columbia Global Centers | Europe (Paris) through the addition of several Bearden paintings based on jazz in the City of Lights. 

Paris Odyssey will also highlight works by Henri Matisse, who may have been the central influence on Bearden’s art. Matisse’s landmark book, Jazz (1947), will be featured here along with examples of Matisse’s own series of Odyssean drawings, done in 1935 and fascinating to see alongside the American artist’s Iliad drawings of that era.

The exhibit is part of the larger project Romare Bearden - A Black Oddyssey, a yearlong series of programs, lectures and performances inspired by Bearden’s interpretation of Homer’s classic, a staple of Columbia’s undergraduate Core Curriculum.

The exhibit will run at the Paris Center through Feb. 22  and will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.


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