This Wednesday, Blues for Smoke curator Bennett Simpson discusses the vitality and innovation at the core of the blues tradition as a major catalyst for experimentation within modern and contemporary art. Get your tickets now.

Jack Whitten (b. 1939), Black Table Setting (Homage to Duke Ellington), 1974. Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 60 inches. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with funds provided by Jack Drake and Joel and Karen Piassick


MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson and artist Catherine Opie discuss MOCA’s Parsons collection, which consists of numerous works from post-war photographers Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Gary Winogrand, Danny Lyon, and Lee Friedlander. The photographs in the collection collectively trace the maturation of photography from journalistic tool into an artistic medium of its own.