"Jazz Score" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

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The introduction of contemporary jazz to film scoring in the mid-twentieth century brought fresh forms of sophistication and innovation to world cinema. Musicians like Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Lewis, and Quincy Jones joined Hollywood composers like Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, and Henry Mancini in exploring modern ways of accompanying both the light and serious moods of films. The improvisational nature of jazz expression also suited the radical spirit of independent and New Wave filmmaking throughout the world. Even today, jazz music continues to have a dramatic impact on the visual design of film trailers and the graphics of film promotion. This gallery exhibition, presented concurrently with an extensive series of films and live concerts, features a sampling of jazz-influenced merchandising, including a display of Polish and American film posters; video clips of jazz-scored scenes spanning five decades of international cinema; and a large-scale installation of original animation art from John and Faith Hubley’s "Adventures of an *."



from April 16, 2008 to September 15, 2008


John Hubley, Faith Hubley et al.

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