Jazz Loft and AVPS at February ARSC New York Chapter Meeting

By February 10, 2010News

Chris Lacinak has been invited to speak with Jazz Loft Project Director Sam Stephenson at the February 18th New York Chapter Meeting of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. This past November Sam published his new book, The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965, and the project is kicking off a multi-city exhibition tour of photographs, film and audio from the collection. To celebrate the opening of the exhibit in New York on February 17th, Chris and Sam will be speaking about the project and preservation efforts involved in bringing these unique, revelatory materials back into the light. The exhibit will be on view at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery from February 17 to May 22, 2010.

The meeting of the ARSC New York Chapter will take place at the ARChive of Contemporary Music, 54 White St., Tribeca, New York. Doors and refreshments at 6:30 and meeting will be from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The meeting is free and open to the public but voluntary contributions to help defray expenses are welcome! Vist http://www.arsc-audio.org for more information about the organization or to become a member.

About The Jazz Loft Project: From 1957 to 1965 legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith made approximately 4,000 hours of recordings on 1,741 reel-to-reel tapes and nearly 40,000 photographs in a loft building in Manhattan’s wholesale flower district where major jazz musicians of the day gathered and played their music. Smith’s work has remained in archives until now. The Jazz Loft Project is dedicated to uncovering the stories behind this legendary moment in American cultural history. More information about the Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University can be found at http://www.jazzloftproject.org/

Jazz Loft Tape Boxes taken by Matthew Thompson