Distinguished Columbia University Professor Robert O’Meally will discuss the work of Romare Bearden and his series of photostat projections which were produced in 1964 and are currently on view at PAMM. O’Meally has written extensively on Bearden and organized the Smithsonian traveling exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, which toured the country through early 2015.
Robert G. O’Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor, Columbia University, and director of Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies. His books include Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday, The Craft of Ralph Ellison, and Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey. He has edited or co-edited many volumes, including The Jazz Cadence of American Culture, History and Memory in African American Culture, and The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Several of his music projects have won awards; his co-produced Smithsonian box set, The Jazz Singers, nominated for a Grammy. In recent years, O’Meally has served as art curator for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has curated many other exhibitions, including one that traveled for the Smithsonian Institution and others presented in New York, Paris, and Istanbul. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, and many other places, including Les Cahiers du Musée National D’Art Moderne. O’Meally is an amateur saxophonist whose sons say Dad plays “for his own amazement!”