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Bust of Duke Ellington

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)

This bust of American composer and musician Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899 - 1974) was made by Ed Dwight in Denver, Colorado in 1988. Made of cast bronze, the sculpture depicts Ellington in a suit and bowtie, arms in a conducting pose, atop a stylized keyboard.

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.

Location
Currently not on view
depicted
Ellington, Duke
maker
Dwight, Ed
date made
1988
Credit Line
Gift of Calvin B. and Marilyn B. Gross
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19 in x 29 in x 28 in; 48.26 cm x 73.66 cm x 71.12 cm
Object Name
sculpture
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Art
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
ID Number
1993.0032.01
catalog number
1993.0032.01
accession number
1993.0032
subject
Jazz
African American
place made
United States: Colorado, Denver