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JazzSpace Detroit

Barbara Barefield's avatar Barbara Barefield

JazzSpace Detroit is a collection of 70 photos created between 1973 and 2017 reflecting Michigan's rich musical heritage and jazz, blues and Motown history. It pays homage to a legacy that enriches cultural landscapes internationally, but is often underexposed at home. Divided into three section, the left panel includes 30 images from the 20th century shot on 35 mm black & white film and originally printed as silver gelatin prints. A number of them, including the center panel of saxophonist Faruq on a Detroit rooftop, were hand-tinted with Marshall oil paints. The right panel of 39 photos from the 21st Century were digitally shot. Photos include Marcus Belgrave, Roy Brooks, A. Spencer Barefield, Sippie Wallace, John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, Betty Carter, James Carter, Regina Carter, Faruq Z. Bey, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stevie Wonder and other creators whose music elevate the human spirit. Inspired by quilt designs, it is entwined with stories and diverse journeys within each patch.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: na
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 27 ft
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 7 ft