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NEW YORK, 11 MAY 2016 — Luhring Augustine's Bushwick gallery presents STAGED, the first solo exhibition by the American musician/composer/artist Jason Moran. The Houston-born (1975) modern jazz pianist's rich and varied work in both music and visual art mines entanglements in American cultural production. He is deeply invested in complicating the relationship between music and language, exploring ideas of intelligibility and communication. In his first gallery exhibition, Mr. Moran  continues to investigate the overlaps and intersections of jazz, art, and social history, provoking the viewer to reconsider notions of value, authenticity, and time.   

STAGED includes a range of objects and works on paper, including two large-scale sculptures featuring audio from Moran’s STAGED series that were recently exhibited in the 56th Biennale di Venezia. Based on two historic New York City jazz venues that no longer exist (the Savoy Ballroom and the Three Deuces), the sculptures are hybrids of reconstructions and imaginings.  Works on paper and smaller objects will be in dialogue with the stage sculptures on many levels: citing performance and process, employing sound, and exploiting the visual history of jazz in America.

Jason Moran
STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1, 2015
Mixed media, sound
120 x 216 x 120 inches (304.8 x 548.6 x 304.8 cm)

Jason Moran began playing the piano when he was six. He had no love for the instrument until, at the age of 13, he first heard the music of Thelonious Monk, and switched his efforts from classical to jazz. He attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and then enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with pianist Jaki Byard. While still in college Moran also received instruction from other avant-guard pianists including Muhal Richard Abrams and Andrew Hill. Moran caught the attention of Blue Note Records and following his joining the band of Greg Osby in 1997, he made his debut as a leader with Soundtrack to Human Motion, released in 1999. His next album, 2000's Facing Left, featured Moran, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, collectively known as The Bandwagon. Other albums the group has recorded include Black Stars (2001), The Bandwagon: Live at the Village Vanguard (2003) and Same Mother (2005).

Jason Moran was made a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is currently the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC; he also teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.  Mr. Moran’s activities comprise both his work with masters of jazz such as Charles Lloyd, the late Sam Rivers, Henry Threadgill, Cassandra Wilson, and his trio The Bandwagon (with drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen) as well as a number of partnerships with visual artists, including Stan Douglas, Theaster Gates, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Adam Pendleton, Adrian Piper, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker.  Commissioning institutions of Jason Moran’s work include the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Dia Art Foundation, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, and Harlem Stage, New York. Mr. Moran has a long-standing collaborative practice with his wife, the singer Alicia Hall Moran; as named artists in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, they created BLEED, a five-day series of live performances that crossed genres and cultural barriers.  He is currently curating the Artists Studio, series of performances in the Veterans Room of the Park Avenue Armory, New York City, which will run throughout 2016. Jason Moran also recently launched his own recording label, Yes Records, which will release his work as well as that by Ms. Hall Moran.  In Fall 2017, Jason Moran will have his first solo museum exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Jason Moran: STAGED
Through 30 July 2016
Luhring Augustine
25 Knickerbocker Avenue 
Brooklyn, New York 
Tel: (1) 212 570 36 00


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