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SONS VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

A Virtual Exhibition

The Muskegon Museum of Art presented SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male, portraits of black men from greater Muskegon photographed by artist Jerry Taliaferro, December 13, 2018 through March 10, 2019. We organized the exhibition with the advisement and help of a committee of African American men from the Muskegon area. In the spirit of community, we again present the SONS portraits in this virtual exhibition.

About the Exhibition

SONS was meant to explore how the black American male perceives himself and how others perceive him. At the time of the original exhibition, artist Jerry Taliaferro stated, “[The exhibition] is both timely and relevant. Recent events point to the urgent need for conversations about the contemporary black American male. Any effort, however humble, to foster an understanding of this largely misunderstood and often marginalized segment of the American population is of utmost importance.” The effort to foster understanding and respect is needed as much now as it was then.

A committee of their peers nominated the men pictured in the show from the greater Muskegon area. The goal was to portray a wide range of ages, backgrounds, occupations, and interests to best represent not only the black men of our community, but also to mirror the day-to-day experiences of their fellow Americans. It was the first time many of these men were publicly recognized.

The men pictured are artists, musicians, barbers, doctors, lawyers, health care workers, engineers, entrepreneurs, businessmen, teachers, athletes, retired servicemen, clergy, poets, factory workers, laborers, security guards, school administrators, and coaches. They are also husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, co-workers, teammates, friends, and neighbors.

Virtual Gallery

The first part of the exhibition features black and white photographs that do not indicate professions or pastimes. The second part features color photographs with items and apparel indicate these activities, as well as expressing more of the subjects’ outward personalities.

Learn about the men in SONS. THE MEN’S STORIES [pdf]

Click on each of the thumbnail pictures to see full portraits.

Part 1

PART 2

 

THE MEN’S STORIES [pdf]

About the Artist

Jerry Taliaferro was born in the small southern town of Brownsville, Tennessee. After graduating high school in May 1972, he joined the Army. He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1973 and graduated as a member of the Class of 1977. Taliaferro’s interest in photography began during his post at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for Special Forces training in 1981. While serving in Germany, his interest in photography continued and, in 1985, his work was published for the first time when a Munich magazine purchased the rights to one of his images. Jerry returned to the U.S. and began doing assignments for advertising and design firms in 1985. He left the military in 1988 and began a career in commercial photography. Over the ensuing years, his interest turned more to fine art photography. This change in direction has resulted in several projects and published pieces. Women of a New Tribe, a photographic study of the spiritual and physical beauty of black women, is one of his latest projects. Jerry Taliaferro currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

SONS Committee

Special thanks to the members of the SONS Committee, without which this exhibition would not have been possible: TJ Chappel, Jon Covington, Chris Dean, Arthur Garner, Ed Garner, Justin Jennings, Bernard Loudermill, William Muhammad, Marvin Nash, Dr. Dale Nesbary, Kelly Richards, J. Arthur Sanders, Andrew Sims, George Walker, Rodney Walker, James Waters, and Jonathan Wilson.

Sponsors

SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male was underwritten by Fifth Third Bank, and co-sponsored by Arconic – Whitehall Operations and Warner Norcross + Judd LLP. Program support was also provided by the Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Media Partner was WGVU Public Media.

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SONS Gallery of Color Photos

SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male

All photography by Jerry Taliaferro for SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male

 

J2B2 John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band at the Muskegon Museum of Art March 25

J2B2 John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band will perform in concert at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Friday, March 25 at 7:00 pm.  J2B2 is an all-star bluegrass supergroup, featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians, John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals, delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before.

The band’s undeniable live shows have received stellar reviews and have the bluegrass world buzzing. The four combine forces to form a spot-on union of impeccable virtuosity, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals, and seasoned showmanship.

“Brilliant guitarist!”  – ELTON JOHN

“John Jorgenson is one of my most favorite players. My guitarist’s guitarist.” – PETER FRAMPTON

“If there was one guitar player I’d like to be, it would be John Jorgenson.” – BRAD PAISLEY

“This is a display of virtuosity rarely rendered.” – FRETBOARD JOURNAL

“John Jorgenson is one of the most respected guitarists in the world…” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

About J2B2

Jorgenson and Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman of The Byrds) of the formative country rock group Desert Rose Band. Jorgenson went on to found the Hellecasters, toured with Elton John for six years and worked with artists from Barbra Streisand and Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs and Tom Petty. Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds starring Charlize Theron. In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs.

Pedersen was a member of legendary bluegrass band The Dillards as well as bluegrass super-group Old and In the Way and has worked with such music legends as Chris Hillman, Earl Scruggs, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Tony Rice, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Jackson Browne, and John Denver.

Mark Fain played bass for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years. He toured and recorded with The Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, Alison Krauss, and Dolly Parton, as well as producing many artists in jazz, country, bluegrass, and gospel genres. Patrick Sauber is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with Peter Rowan and Laurie Lewis and appeared on screen in A Mighty Wind.

Tickets

Advance tickets are $30, $20 for MMA Members, and $35 at the door. Purchase at the MMA Store or call 231.720.2580. Doors open at 6:00 pm and a cash bar will be available before the show.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, Michigan. Visitor information is available at muskegonartmuseum.org.

J2B2 John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

J2B2 John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band will perform in concert at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Friday, March 25 at 7:00 pm. The band’s undeniable live shows have received stellar reviews and have the bluegrass world buzzing. The four combine forces to form a spot-on union of impeccable virtuosity, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals and seasoned showmanship.

 

“Brilliant guitarist!”  – ELTON JOHN

“John Jorgenson is one of my most favorite players. My guitarist’s guitarist.” – PETER FRAMPTON

“If there was one guitar player I’d like to be, it would be John Jorgenson.” – BRAD PAISLEY

“This is a display of virtuosity rarely rendered.” – FRETBOARD JOURNAL

“John Jorgenson is one of the most respected guitarists in the world…” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

Tickets

Advance tickets are $30, $20 for MMA Members, and $35 at the door.

Purchase at the MMA Store, call 231.720.2580

Doors open at 6:00 pm and a cash bar will be available before the show.

 

About J2B2

J2B2 is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before.

Jorgenson and Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman of The Byrds) of the formative country rock group Desert Rose Band. Jorgenson went on to found the Hellecasters, toured with Elton John for six years, and worked with artists from Barbra Streisand and Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs and Tom Petty. Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds starring Charlize Theron. In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs.

Pedersen was a member of legendary bluegrass band The Dillards as well as bluegrass super-group Old and In the Way and has worked with such music legends as Chris Hillman, Earl Scruggs, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Tony Rice, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Jackson Browne and John Denver.

Mark Fain played bass for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years. He toured and recorded with The Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, as well as producing many artists in jazz, country, bluegrass and gospel genres. Patrick Sauber is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with Peter Rowan and Laurie Lewis and appeared on screen in A Mighty Wind.

J2B2’s debut album, From The Crow’s Nest, was recorded in Sheryl Crow’s home barn studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, Michigan. Visitor information is available at muskegonartmuseum.org.