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“Glory” inspires Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), Glory, 1981, cast bronze with a black patina on a wooden base, 14 x 9 1/2 x 10 inches,

The sculptures of the late African-American artist and civil rights activist Elizabeth Catlett are the inspiration for a new jazz composition. Rufus Reid, a bass musician who’s been playing jazz for half a century, uses Catlett’s artwork to explore the intersection between music and the visual arts. In his new project, called “Quiet Pride,” Reid tries to convey Catlett’s sculptures in sound. [1]

Listen to the interview with this here.

A visionary and political artist, Glory exhibits Catlett’s representation of the strength and beauty of African-American women. This is an early cast of a portrait bust of Glory Van Scott, a performer and educator well-known for her work as the principal dancer with several Broadway dance companies in the mid-twentieth century. From a total edition of nine sculptures, the version at the Davis is differentiated by a distinctive black patina, which is unlike the copper-colored patinas of the later casts. [2]

Sources:

[1]https://www.npr.org/2014/05/18/313175209/how-do-you-wring-sound-from-sculpture-it-takes-a-quiet-pride

[2] https://www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum/explore-the-collections/recent-acquisitions/node/141731

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