Smithsonian Collections

Bust of Benny Goodman

Image 1 for Bust of Benny Goodman
  • thumbnail for Image 1 - Bust of Benny Goodman
  • thumbnail for Image 2 - Bust of Benny Goodman
  • thumbnail for Image 3 - Bust of Benny Goodman
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)

This bust of American jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman (1909 - 1986) was made by Ed Dwight in Denver, Colorado in 1990. Made of cast bronze, the sculpture depicts Goodman’s head and hands, playing a clarinet, on a swirl of bronze on a stone base.

Ed Dwight began his career as a graduate engineer, was a former United States Air Force test pilot who became the first African American to be trained as an astronaut in 1962. Following a career in real estate, computer systems engineering, and consulting, Dwight pursued art and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 1977. Dwight’s works include fine art sculpture, large-scale memorials and public art projects.

Currently not on view
Goodman, Benny
Dwight, Ed
date made
Credit Line
Gift of Calvin B. and Marilyn B. Gross
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 27 1/4 in x 12 in x 33 in; 69.215 cm x 30.48 cm x 83.82 cm
Object Name
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
African American
place made
United States: Colorado, Denver