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Conversation with George Wein at MoMA

Duke Ellington, Erroll Garner, and George Wein c/o George & Joyce Wein Collection

For many years, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has showcased jazz and its connection to the visual arts, often through live concerts or as part of its various exhibitions. In that tradition, on Tuesday, October 6, the museum is including a discussion between festival presenter George Wein and the Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Peter Reed, as part of its series Conversations: Among Friends. The conversation will focus on Wein’s festival production career and musical career, along with a broader discussion on the arts and Wein’s extensive personal art collection. Following the program, guests can continue the conversation and meet the participants at an intimate reception catered by Settepani Harlem in The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Lobby.

Knowledgaable jazz fans know all about Wein’s long career as a jazz impresario, but they may not know that Wein is also a big-time art collector, with an emphasis on African-American artists, including Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis and Jacob Lawrence. His wife Joyce Wein was his longtime partner in the collection process and, since her death in 2006, Wein has dedicated himself to promoting and sharing their collection with the fine art community. And, one piece from their collection is now a part of MoMA’s permanent collection: André Masson’s Pasiphae. 1942. Oil and sand on canvas, 19 7/8 x 25 1/8″ (50.5 x 63.8 cm).

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