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George Gershwin at Piano

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Museum of the City of New York as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

Its medium is oil on canvas.

George Gershwin helped bring jazz into the mainstream with his series of symphonic compositions such as Rhapsody in Blue (1924) featuring syncopation and jazz styling, influenced by his connections with the Harlem Renaissance. Artist William Auerbach-Levy, best known as a caricaturist, depicted many Jazz Age artists, actors, society figures, and musicians, and such portraits appeared in popular periodicals.

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"Rhapsody In Blue," Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra, featuring George Gershwin (1924)

George Gershwin is, simply put, an American treasure. While “American Popular Song,” “Tin Pan Alley,” and orchestral works are all a vital part of his catalog, “Rhapsody In Blue” is...

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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