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Herman Leonard "Hot Can Be Cool"

Here is a pic from the late, great photographer Herman Leonard. Some of the "Hot Can Be Cool" jazz pics from an Ohio University Collection are up now at the Huntington Museum of Art through Sunday.

HUNTINGTON -  Running through Sunday, July 29, this famed black-and-white exhibit created by jazz photographer Herman Leonard was held in conjunction with the first Huntington International Jazz Festival and the first Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition.
 
Before the jazz photo exhibit closes, it will be the featured exhibit for the July Tuesday Tour at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, as they take a closer look at the exhibit titled "Hot Can Be Cool: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard." This is a Macy's Free Tuesday event.
 
Leonard (1923-2010), a Scranton, Pennsylvania, native, graduated from Ohio University because "it was the only university at the time that could offer me a degree in photography."
 
Though his studies were interrupted by his service in the Army during World War II, he returned to complete his degree in 1947. Following his graduation, he set off for Ottawa, Canada, where he became an apprentice to famed photographer Yousuf Karsh. In New York, he soon began to rub shoulders with some of the all-time greats of the genre, including Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Billie Holliday. His work started to appear in leading jazz magazines such as Downbeat, and became the cover art for several artists' records.
 
His jazz concentration was interrupted briefly by his work as Marlon Brando's personal photographer in 1956, but he soon returned to his musical imagery in New York and later in the clubs of Paris. His work is a catalog of an era, when jazz reigned supreme in both America and Europe. His unique ability to capture the electric atmosphere of the performances and the engaging personalities of the musicians is unparalleled.
 
This photography collection came as a gift from Leonard's alma mater, where they now reside at the school's Kennedy Museum of Art. This program is presented with financial assistance from Jazz at Lincoln Center Department of Education and is presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment.
 
Here's a look at some of the other current exhibits up now at the HMOA: 
 
Showcasing art from 280 miles or closer, the triennial juried Exhibition 280 now up at the Huntington Museum of Art. On display are 58 art works by 53 different contemporary artists who live and work in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
 
On view at HMA through Sept. 16, Exhibition 280 Presented by Jack and Angie Bourdelais will have an awards ceremony and opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Three $2,000 Awards of Excellence will be announced along with one Purchase Award.
 
The show's juror, Laura Roulet, has reviewed more than 800 art entries by 292 artists to select the works to be seen in this exhibition. Exhibition 280 is presented by Jack and Angie Bourdelais. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
 
'Lean on Me: Canes from the HMA Collection'
 
Up through Aug. 26, this exhibit features some of the Huntington Museum of Art's permanent collection of more than 100 canes. The astonishing collection runs the gamut from finely appointed works with gold and silver embellishments to rustic examples that reflect local folk traditions.
 
Many of them were donated to the museum by Winifred Burkhardt, whose husband, Dr. Edwin M. Burkhardt, had acquired them over a period of many years. Whether carved, inlaid, painted or adorned with precious metals, animal skins or ivory, the cane can be an exotic palette that transforms a humble tool into an object of beauty and luxury. It can have hidden compartments for precious objects, practical additions such as umbrellas, tape measures and medical instruments, stowage for weapons such as firearms or swords, and containers for storing the stuff of worldly pleasures such as tobacco and alcoholic beverages. It can feature graphic symbols of professions and trades, sport the likenesses of politicians and royalty, or tout membership in clubs or fraternal organizations.
 
'Natural Beauties: Exploring the Botanical World'
 
Running through Sept. 30, on display is a rich collection of natural history prints in its holdings, including many that were donated by longtime patron Dr. Marion Korstanje. For this exhibition, a number of the works were chosen to illustrate features of the museum's C. Fred Edwards Conservatory and nature trails, These works include prints depicting orchids, banana plants and butterflies. The exhibit shows how 17th century artists used a variety of printmaking techniques to create these images. Earliest works began with woodcuts, later using etchings and lithography as those processes were perfected. Many of the illustrations were hand-colored, giving them a sumptuous look that made their subjects come to life. The advancement of printing techniques and an enthusiastic culture of exploration and scientific discovery led to a "golden age" of illustrated botanical literature. This era extended into the mid-19th century, when the invention of photography created a new means to document the natural world.
 
Join the museum for a tasting tour of the C. Fred Edwards Conservatory and a look at this exhibit at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. This Fourth Tuesday Tour program includes a presentation by Dr. Mike Beck, HMA's conservatory director, and a walk through the conservatory. This is a Macy's Free Tuesday event.
 
For more information on events at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.

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