Among the largest and oldest art museums in the US, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a pilgrimage site for modern and contemporary art professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world, due in part to its extensive holdings of the work of Marcel Duchamp, as well as its Constantin Brancusi sculptures. Through innovative exhibitions and programs, the museum has stayed true to its roots as a teaching institution and to the belief that the arts can positively transform society.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) commissioned two new works by jazz saxophonists and composers Joe Lovano and Chris Potter, inspired by a single work of art in the PMA's Modern and Contemporary collection, Ellsworth Kelly's Seine. Lovano and Potter each performed a program of recent original music along with their new works. Lovano was joined by pianist Kenny Werner, bassist Cameron Brown, woodwind player Billy Drewes, trombonist Gary Valente, trumpeter Tim Hagans, percussionist Jamey Haddad, drummer Francisco Mela, and vocalist Judi Silvano. Potter also led a sextet comprised of pianist Craig Taborn, bassist Scott Colley, drummer Brian Blade, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, and trombonist Robin Eubanks.