Jazz-The Chicago Scene: The Art of Stephen Longstreet

Jazz-the Chicago Scene

Exhibition curated by Stephen Longstreet and Richard Wang.

The Chicago jazz scene of the 1920s and 1930 is memorialized in this exhibit, which showcases over 60 watercolors, drawings, and collages by art-historian and long-time jazz observer Stephen Longstreet. The exhibit also presents historic photographs and memorabilia form the Chicago Jazz Archive, which is housed in the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago. Longstreet, whose work was considered "too modern" to sell, pursued a career as a magazine artist and cartoonist and was published in the New Yorker, Life, and the Saturday Evening Post. In 1933 He began writing radio shows for John Barrymore, Bob Hope, and Rudy Valle. As a jazz historian Longstreet was always concerned with, as he said "the smell of the real thing" than with any exacting description of music. The exhibit focuses on several pieces of his work, and the jazz scene it represented, at the same time celebrating the Chicago Jazz Archive.

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