“Glory” inspires Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project
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. 
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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. 
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