The Jazz Age: Picasso, Matisse, Chanel, Gershwin, Joyce, Fitzgerald and Hemingway
Paul Colin's poster promoting Josephine Baker's appearance at the Folies Bergére clad only in a banana g-string created a sensation in Paris and became an enduring symbol of The Jazz Age.
The wild times and brilliant work of a tightly connected group of musicians, artists and writers during the 1920s continues to cast a fascinating spell on the imagination. The lives, loves and artistic passions of the expatriate community in Paris, the Gold Coast and Harlem-among them Picasso, Léger, Chanel, Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Joyce, Gershwin, Cole Porter and Gertrude Stein-created the legendary Jazz Age, surely history's most remarkable convergence of talent and creativity in one era. Based on his book, Free as Gods, Museum Director Dr. Charles A. Riley II organizes an exhibition that evokes this era that produced The Great Gatsby (which had its start in Great Neck, as a manuscript), this unparalleled an epoch in which the arts flourished as never before.
The Jazz Age is highlighted by masterpieces of the 1920s, neoclassical paintings by Picasso, the avant-garde breakthroughs of James Joyce and Coco Chanel and enduring classics such as Balanchine's Apollo. The exhibition also features musical and literary programs, lectures and symposia exploring the art, design, music, dance and literature of this unforgettable era.