Bust of Benny Goodman
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
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
- 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