“Perspectives 157: Xaviera Simmons”

The Contemporary Arts Museum’s Zilkha Gallery has more album covers than a fanboy’s bedroom in “Perspectives 157: Xaviera Simmons.” The walls are plastered with art from albums by some of the best musicians in music history, notable because they are all African-American. The installation, Digital Good Time (How To Break Your Own Heart), features artists like Miles Davis, Coltrane and Hendrix tucked in among a wealth of other black performers like Nas, Notorious B.I.G. and, of course, Aretha. The show is an undeniable gauge of the importance of black music to a shared culture.
July 20-Sept. 30, 2007

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