Black Music Iconography–What can we learn from images of black music, black performers, and black composers? Come view images that may challenge preconceived ideas.
The Center for Black Music Research Library and Archives hold many images that tell stories of the history and culture of black music. Examples include photographs, illustrations, book covers, sheet music covers, LP covers, and publicity shots. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what are the narratives that these images are telling us? On display will be a number of images for us to examine.
Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, the Center for Black Music Research is the only organization of its kind. It exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.
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