Music Themes in American Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Music Themes in American Artt." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Ken Butler: Hybrid Visions (5/29/08)

San Francisco Psychedelic (2/21/07)

Picturing the Banjo (12/8/05)

Syncopated Rhythms: 20th-Century African American Art from the George and Joyce Wein Collection (11/14/05)

Striking the Right Notes: Music in American Art (11/3/05)

Community of Strings: Regionally Crafted Stringed Instruments; article by Joe LoMonaco (11/3/05)

Rock On! (5/10/05)

Rock On! The Art of the Music Poster from the 60s and 70s (1/21/04)

Feelin' Groovy: Rock and Roll Graphics, 1966-1970 (5/20/03)

The Art of the Music Poster of the 60s and 70s (5/8/03)

High Society: Psychedelic Rock Posters of Haight-Ashbury (4/5/02)

Lyrical Visions: Music and Dance in American Art (9/14/00)

Aaron Copland's America (8/12/00)

Jazz: An American Muse (3/9/00)

William Sidney Mount: Music Is Contagious! (1/18/00)


TFAO references:

As of 2/24/09 TFAO Digital Library contained 737 pages referencing the word "Music."


From other web sites:

Album Cover Art Gallery from the Tralfaz Archives Music Department. Accessed August, 2015.

"ART VIEW; Black Musicians in Art: Stereotypes and Beyond" by Michael Brenson, from New York Times, August 14, 1988. Accessed August, 2015.

Esther Williams, Art and Music by David Fienen and Donald Myers from Gustavus Quarterly, Hillstrom Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Fredrick Brown:The Jazz Paintings was a 1997 exhibit at the Sheldon Museum of Art which says: "In addition to featuring a selection of recently completed paintings of jazz performers, Frederick Brown: The Jazz Paintings offers a broad cross section of the work of one of the most eclectic and aesthetically diverse African-American painters working today."  Viewers may download the exhibition brochure. Accessed 1/17

"Hung Up: The State of Rock Poster Art" by Stacey Brook, November 10, 2008, Accessed August, 2015.

Morrison Hotel Gallery, a major brand in fine art music photography. Accessed August, 2015.

The Art of the Music Poster of the 60s and 70s, from Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art online catalogs page. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

On Another Note: The Intersection of Art and Music is a 2017 exhibit at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum which says: "Through the artists' explorations, On Another Note: The Intersection of Art and Music hopes to broaden the viewer's perception of how music can inspire the making of art as well as to open them to the vast variety of ways in which it can be made visual. Also see press release Accessed 1/18

Perfect Harmony: The Musical Life and Art of William Sidney Mount  is a 2018 exhibit at the Long Island Museum which says: "A new exhibition, Perfect Harmony, re-explores the confluence of Mount's music and art through nearly 25 oil paintings, pencil drawings, and fascinating objects, such as a trompe l'oeil music stand that the artist carefully painted the sheet music of early American folk tunes on." Accessed 7/18

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. Palmer Museum of Art partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for Banjo-Wielding Women, (57 minutes) a lecture by Leo G. Mazow, curator, American Art, Palmer Museum of Art in which he discusses the many female banjoists that appear in myriad American paintings, photographs, illustrations, and advertisements through history. [September 19, 2006] Accessed May, 2015.

Sympathy for the Devil [4:45] video from Chicago Tribune, October 11, 2007. Chicago Tribune says: "Chicago"s Museum of Contemporary Art's new exhibit, "Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 is debated by Tribune's music critic Greg kot and art critic Allen G. Artner." Accessed August, 2015.


DVD/VHS videos:

Frame After Frame: The Images of Herman Leonard. (1998) Documentary profile of photographer Herman Leonard. This documentary was produced and directed by Tika Laudun for Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Louisiana PTV, 7733 Perkins Road. Baton Rouge, LA 70810.



Cassidy, Donna M. Painting the Musical City: Jazz & Cultural Identity in American Art, 1910-1940. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997

Farren, Mick. Get on Down: A Decade of Rock & Roll Posters. London: Big O Publishing, 1976.

Grushkin, Paul D. Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk. New York: Abbeville Press, 1996.

Medieros, Walter. San Francisco Rock Poster Art. Exhibition catalogue. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1976.

Off the Wall: Psychedelic Rock Posters From San Francisco. Amelie Gastaut, Jean-Pierre Criqui editors. Thames & Hudson, 2005.

Molon, Dominic et al. Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967. Chicago: Yale University Press, 2007.

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