November 18 at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School
About the experience:
This experience includes four reserved tickets for a sold-out performance of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts this November at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School, which features the art of League instructor James Little. Winners will have the opportunity to meet with Little, whose abstract works are reflective of the moods, tempo, and narrative of Ellington's work.
The New York Choral Society, New York’s pioneering symphonic chorus that explores unique collaboration and dynamic repertory, in partnership with The New School College of Performing Arts, presents Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, November at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School. A work that has not been staged in a concert hall setting in New York City in 35 years due to the magnitude of the production, the evening combines elements of jazz, classical music, choral music, spiritual, gospel, blues, visual art and dance, and will be free for all ages.
About the artist - James Little:
James Little, a League instructor, is a meticulous craftsman who creates his own colors with pure pigment and heated beeswax and layers each hue multiple times in parallel bands on the canvas. This technique gives his paintings a formal intelligence, a depth of color, and exciting energy that is all their own. In his new paintings, color and structure are critical fixations that in Little’s work complement his geometric pictorial style. The edges of his vertical bands are saturated with lucid color as they give way to other patterns—chevrons, rectangles, and zigzag designs of varying widths.
As early as his 20s Little was regarded by curators and his fellow artists as a rare talent. In 1980, curator April Kingsley included Little in the group show Afro-American Abstraction at MoMA P.S.1, along with such luminaries as Mel Edwards, Ed Clark, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Al Loving, Martin Puryear, Jack Whitten, and William T. Williams.
Throughout the decades, Little’s works have continued to be showcased in exhibitions across the United States alongside the brightest minds in contemporary abstraction. His paintings have been universally acclaimed as a highlight of the 2022 Whitney Biennial, and in the exhibition, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Little’s paintings hang amongst the works of giants like Kara Walker, Thornton Dial, and William Edmondson.
In 2009, Little received the high honor of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in painting, placing him in the distinguished company of many of his heroes. As an instructor and lecturer at The Art Students League of New York, he has continued fostering the future of abstraction.