Artist Projects


Jennie C. Jones

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, who will perform interpretations from a rare book of scores written by John Lewis.

Project Updates

  • 2011: Counterpoint premieres at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco

  • 2010: Jones exhibits elements of Counterpoint Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York