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Project Premiere: Jennie C. Jones's Counterpoint at Yerba Buena in San Francisco

January 24,2011

Counterpoint Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco January 29 – March 27 2008 Visual Arts grantee Jennie C. Jones‘s Creative Capital project Counterpoint will premiere on Saturday, January 29, at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. That afternoon, Jones will give an artist talk at 2:00pm. At 4:00pm, Creative Capital’s Director of Special Projects Sean Elwood will give an information session on our upcoming open grant round for Film/Video and Visual Arts. Other events will continue throughout the exhibition. Counterpoint is an intimate foray investigating African American modes of formalism at mid-century, with an emphasis on the contributions of composer/pianist John Lewis, a founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ). Inspired by an unrecorded concert of the Modern Jazz Quartet at the historic Blackhawk Jazz Club in San Francisco, the project re-frames the notion of West Coast Cool, linking its beginning to this single early performance. Counterpoint adopts the process of a music concert or “gig” by following a production path from promotional poster to performance to recorded product/static edition. Functioning not only as an homage to Lewis and MJQ, Counterpoint is a formalist exhibition comprised of prints and other works on paper, as well as sculptural objects ranging from re-crafted instrument parts to vintage LP storage racks. Counterpoint also includes a collaboration with cellist Paul Rucker on Thursday, February 3, who will perform interpretations from a rare book of scores written by John Lewis. Back to Listing