26 May 2021

James Reese Europe, Albert Alexander Smith and Horace Pippin

Three African-American artists from the first world war to modernity
Daniel Soutif
The École des modernités

Though heavily discriminated against, African Americans enlisted enlisted in the US military during World War I. Thus, thanks in particular to the military orchestra of Lieutenant Jim Europe (1880-1919), jazz took its first steps there. Such as Albert Alexander Smith (1896-1940) and Horace Pippin (1888-1946), painters or future painters also crossed the Atlantic.And from this crossing results a good number of works of art, carried out on site or after the fact. This conference will retrace the journey of these artists, who are as important to the rise of modernity in France as in the United States.

Daniel Soutif is a historian, art critic and curator. After teaching philosophy, he collaborated on several editorial staff as a jazz and art critic. He was editor-in-chief of the Cahiers of the National Museum of Modern Art from 1990 to 1994 and Director of the Department of Cultural Development at the Center Pompidou (1993-2001). He has curated numerous outstanding exhibitions including: “Le Temps, vite! ”(Center Pompidou, 2000); “Le Siècle du Jazz” (Quai Branly Museum, 2009) “The Color Line. African-American artists and segregation ”(Musée du Quai Branly 2016-2017). And he notably published Journal Papers. Chroniques d'art 1982-1992 (Jacqueline Chambon, 1994), and edited the publication of Nelson Goodman et les langages de l'art (Center Pompidou, 1991), and L'Art du XXè siècle 1939-2002 (Citadelles & Mazenod , 2005).

26th of May at 6:30pm (Paris)  on Zoom

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Daniel SOUTIF - James Reese Europe, Albert Alexander Smith et Horace Pippin

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