Watch this video on Bearden’s Jazz works and pay special note to the rare clip of him in his studio.
Watch the clip on Bearden from Robert Hughes “Empire of Signs” (after Rauschenberg, around 2:15 until 6:00)
Take thoughtful notes on ideas concerning:
a: the development of his art,
b: the uniqueness of his style in the 60’s and 70’s,
c: his manner of linking personal themes from African American culture with art historical precedents or broader humanistic themes, and
d: anything else you may want to add to the discussion about Bearden.