Of the Blues: Carolina Shout
Romare H. Bearden (American, 1911 - 1988)
Borrowing its title from the early jazz recording by James P. Johnson, Carolina Shout also depicts a religious ritualthe baptism. It is this duality that makes Carolina Shout, for some, a controversial work. Bearden, endlessly inspired by ritual and music, understood the deep connection that often links these two seemingly disparate cultures, that jazz music, in fact, has its origins in gospel music.
Place object was created: United States
collage, acrylic, lacquer, board
Measurements: frame height: 46 inches frame width: 59.75 inches frame depth: 2.375 inches panel height: 37.5 inches panel width: 51 inches smallest depth: 1.5 inchesMuseum Purchase: National Endowment for the Arts Matching Fund and the Charlotte Debutante Club Fund. 1975.8 Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN