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Alvin Ailey

(b Rogers, Tex., 5 Jan. 1931; d New York, 1 Dec. 1989) US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied in Los Angeles with Horton and later with Graham, Holm, and Weidman in ...

Bearden, Romare

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
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... 1970 s and early 1980 s, Bearden continued to expand his artistic practice. In the Of the Blues series ( 1974 ), he made the influence of music on his work clear by paying homage to the music makers themselves. He also designed costumes and sets for several productions of Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater, and provided cover art for Wynton Marsalis’s 1985 album J Mood . During this period, the Beardens established a second home on Nanette’s native island of St. Martin, and Bearden produced a series of lush, vibrant watercolors, inspired by his newly...