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Conceptual Artist Dario Robleto Traces the Cross-Generational Experience of Blues, Jazz, and Rock'n Roll in Solo Exhibition, The Prelives of the Blues, at the New Orleans Museum of Art
8 February 2012
Exhibition Features New Work Inspired by New Orleans
On view March 23 through September 16, 2012
New Orleans, LA—Conceptual artist Dario Robleto explores the power of music to transcend time, race, circumstance, and life cycles in his upcoming solo exhibition, The Prelives of the Blues, at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). The exhibition features approximately 24 sculptures and works on paper, including Survival Does Not Lie In The Heavens, a new work that was inspired by the city of New Orleans. Other never-before-seen works, include The Sun Makes Him Sing Again (Brown), a series of cyanotypes from the lyric sheets of James Brown and Will The Sun Remember At All, a suite of nine digital prints of stage lights taken from live album covers by various deceased musicians such as James Brown, Etta James and Muddy Waters.
The Prelives of the Blues highlights the historical and emotional significance of blues, jazz, and rock 'n roll music and the varied ways this music has been transferred across generations. The exhibition is on view from March 23 through September 16, 2012, and features works from Robleto’s last ten years of production.
“Dario Robleto’s poignant examinations of musical roots have a special resonance in New Orleans, where music—in particular blues and jazz—is such an integral aspect of the city’s cultural heritage and experience,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA Director. “The Prelives of the Blues sheds new light on the stories of these musical genres, and builds on NOMA’s previous explorations of subjects that have strong connections to our community.”
“Dario’s work in The Prelives of the Blues explores the notion of music in its conceptual and embryonic stages,” said Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “This exhibition represents a commonality among us all: the love of music—which is so intimately felt in New Orleans, the home of so many musical families.”
The Prelives of the Blues was inspired by Robleto’s visits to New Orleans over the last three years, during which he became fascinated by the city’s use of music in everyday life and social rituals such as second lines, jazz funerals, and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. The exhibition provides a universal understanding of what it means to love music, particularly across culture and class, and also includes a number of autobiographical works that explore the role Robleto’s family played in his conception of music.
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