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Artist:
Theresa Bernstein, born Cracow, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Kraków, Poland) 1890-died New York Cit  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 1/4 x 40 in. (76.8 x 101.6 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1919-1928
Luce Center Label:
Theresa Bernstein often painted urban scenes and everyday people at play throughout the 1920s, finding inspiration in New York’s music venues. The Hot Chocolates jazz revue started in a Harlem nightclub, Connie’s Inn, and then moved to Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. Over the course of its production, Hot Chocolates featured notable jazz performers Fats Waller, Edith Wilson, Cab Calloway, and Louis Armstrong in his Broadway debut. This painting’s lively composition and rich colors capture the syncopated elements of jazz, as well as the boisterous mood of the show itself. As Harlem Renaissance gossip columnist Geraldyn Dismond wrote in 1929, some parts of Hot Chocolates could "make even a flapper blush."
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic\African-American  Search this
Performing arts\theater\performer  Search this
Recreation\theater  Search this
Architecture Interior\civic\theater  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Girard Jackson
Object number:
1998.128
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 33B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk713df8b00-ce09-4fb1-817f-8dc204a42a42
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1998.128