Doug Rosenberg Announces Performance at National Veterans Art Museum
Renowned jazz musician Doug Rosenberg will perform original works at the closing ceremony for the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) to be held on September 22, 2012. Rosenberg is a prolific performer who uses his music to advocate for veterans issues. The closing ceremony and reception celebrates 16 years in Chicago’s South Loop and marks the NVAM’s transition to its new location in Chicago’s Portage Park (Six Corners) neighborhood. Admission to the NVAM’s current location at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue will be free all day with light refreshments offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rosenberg joins artist-curators Aaron Hughes, Erica Slone and other veteran-artists who have exhibited with the NVAM over the past thirty years in celebrating the relocation. Curator talks will start at 2:00 p.m, and Rosenberg will perform from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. The NVAM will reopen in its new location at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012.
Doug Rosenberg is a member of the new generation of jazz musicians composing and improvising music for the next century. The Chicago Tribune hails his “fearlessness of spirit and a robustness of tone that seem likely to win him a devoted following in coming years.” Rosenberg’s work on saxophone has an instantly recognizable sound and personal melodic language. He is best known for his work with Eastern Blok and Goran Ivanovic. As an activist, Rosenberg has raised funds for veteran’s mental health, housing rights, and many Chicago community organizations. He has performed at Millennium Park, Princeton University, and Blues Alley, in addition to tours of Europe. Rosenberg has also collaborated with great musicians like Sam Barsh, Maurice Brown, Kelan Phil Cohran, Robert Glasper, Robert “Baabe” Irving III, Rakalam Bob Moses, John Sinclair, and Oscar Stagnaro. His website is www.dougrosenberg.com.
Of his performance at the NVAM’s closing ceremony on September 22, Rosenberg states, “I love working with our nation’s veterans. Their art is an essential part of American culture, and whatever I can do to help, I am enthusiastic. I consider it an honor and a duty to advocate for veterans.”
Aaron Hughes notes that Rosenberg’s performance is intended to highlight the relationship between art and music, adding, “Art and music have a long history and relationship, especially in the art of veterans. We are thrilled that Doug Rosenberg is joining us to help us appreciate the National Veterans Art Museum on its last day in its current space. His two-set performance will close the reception and offer guests an opportunity to reflect on the impact the museum has had and on the possibilities the new space will open up for it.”
About the September 22, 2012 Reception and Closing Ceremony - South Loop
The September 22nd reception offers patrons one last chance to see the exhibitions Overlooked / Looked Over, Radical Vulnerability, War Made A New Me, and Small Works from the Permanent Collection and to mingle with veteran-artists who have been exhibited with the museum since its inception in 1982. Aaron Hughes, curator of Radical Vulnerability, and Erica Slone, curator of Overlooked / Looked Over, will offer reflections on the impact of their shows on the culture at large as well as on the artists involved. Radical Vulnerability features works by seven artist-veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq and the Global War on Terror, including veteran-artist Edgar Gonzalez Baeza, who will be on hand at the closing ceremony to offer remarks. Gonzalez Baeza’s installation piece, “They’re Mine to Keep, ” was inspired by the comments of a Gulf War veteran over his struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Overlooked / Looked Over explores the unique experience of women during service, in war, and as veterans, and features work by eight women veteran-artists. Veteran-artist Iris Feliciano, whose self-portrait “(un)clothed and in her right mind” has been on display since March, will join Slone in offering remarks on the closing of the show. Board Chairman and veteran-artist Mike Helbing will also offer remarks.
About the National Veterans Art Museum
Formerly the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, the National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.
The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue, Third Floor, through September 22, 2012 and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting November 11, 2012, the NVAM will be located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue and open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 general admission and $7.00 seniors and students. Admission is free for veterans and active military and their dependents. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit www.nvam.org.
In the two-month interim while staff and volunteers prepare to open in the new space, patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, a recently launched online and high-resolution archive of every piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be accessed at www.nvam.org/collection-online.