Athenaeum Gallery Presents Michael Spears Visual Music: Rhythm and Melody

By Editorial Team on January 25, 2021

Thu, 14 January 2021 - Sun, 21 February 2021

Left: Michael Spears, Kind of Black, 48 x 48″, oil on canvas, 2020
Right: Michael Spears, Untitled #4, 48 x 48″, oil on canvas, 2019
Currently on view through February 21, 2021.

This exhibition features Kind of Black, Michael Spears’ most recent work that intertwines reflections on both the Black Lives Matter movement and jazz.

Also included are works from his series on the influence of religion in Rhythm and Blues during the 60’s and 70’s. Michael asks: Does the prodigious infusion of R&B into current wide-reaching marketing strategies (TV/radio commercials) suggest more than is immediately apparent? Michael believes that the mesmerizing rhythms and melodies, marvels in their own right, are intertwined with lyrics that satisfy the universal appeal of hope and a better tomorrow.

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