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Study Up For 'Think:' In Romare Bearden's World, Color Is Song

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DC Moore Gallery, New York

Where Fort Worth artist Sedrick Huckaby is an heir to painter Romare Bearden, Bearden owes his work to jazz. Huckaby joins Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. to talk about this chain and Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey. The exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth marks the first time these works have been viewed outside New York City.

KERA's Jerome Weeks explored Bearden's translation of Homer's The Odyssey, which features all-black characters and a tie to the artist's fondness for the canvas as map to music:

In the opening of The Odyssey, Homer, the poet, prays to his muse to help him sing the song of Odysseus, the story of the wily Greek warrior’s struggles to return home after the Trojan War. Thinking of The Odyssey as a blues song or a jazz standard, therefore, is not such a radical move. Bearden is simply improvising on a classic tune.

There's more in his piece for Art&Seek.

Listen to Think from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on KERA 90.1 or stream the show at

Huckaby’s oil painting Hidden in Plain Site is also on view in the Amon Carter's atrium.

Lyndsay Knecht is assistant producer for Think.