The Schumacher Gallery to present portraits from The Golden Age of Jazz Sept. 9-Nov. 5

Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery will open its 2011-2012 season with Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz: Photographs by William Gottlieb (1917-2006) on Friday, Sept. 9.

The opening reception, which will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, will feature a performance by faculty members and students from the Capital University Conservatory of Music’s renown jazz studies program. The gallery opening also will mark the season’s first Bexley Artwalk.

This Golden Age of Jazz is a fascinating exhibition of about 75 photographs taken during the 1930s and 1940s by William Gottlieb, who is best known for documenting the contemporary jazz scene to illustrate his columns in The Washington Post, Down Beat magazine and other publications. The photographic negatives were stored for more than 30 years until Gottlieb’s retirement in 1979, when he began printing the negatives. The rest literally became history. Gottlieb is now one of the most honored jazz photographers.

His images of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Stan Kenton and others from the era many considered to be the golden age of jazz have become the standard icons of jazz history. According to The New York Times jazz critic John Wilson, Gottlieb was able to combine his talents as a writer, photographer, and jazz enthusiast to capture images with a “distinctive, storytelling touch.” Critics from the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner said Gottlieb’s photographs, “… transcend mere documentation. They provide a dramatic, mood-inducing setting. All that’s missing is the music.”

In April 1995, the Library of Congress acquired the photographs of this eminent jazz photographer through the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Fund. The collection includes photographs Gottlieb took between 1938 and 1948. Now in its 12th printing, Gottlieb’s book of photographs, The Golden Age of Jazz, has become an award-winning classic. Gottlieb’s images have been widely published in magazines, books, calendars and posters, as well as on over 250 album and CD covers, and have appeared in television documentaries and major motion pictures. Recently, the National Portrait Gallery also acquired Gottlieb’s photograph of Duke Ellington, and the U.S. Postal Service has featured four of his photographic images on postage stamps.

With the assistance of Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, the exhibition of Gottlieb’s work can be enjoyed by yet another upcoming generation of jazz and photography enthusiasts.

The Schumacher Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the Blackmore Library on Capital University’s Bexley campus. The gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Please note that the gallery will be closed Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 23, for the University’s midterm break.


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