We can’t alter his work, but to prolong its life we can reduce its exposure to light, which fades and degrades materials and adhesives; remove dust, so it doesn’t attract water molecules, which can corrode foils; and clean the Throne, to keep it shiny and true to the artist’s concept of a heavenly setting for salvation.
Objects Conservator Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jazz from the 1920s sounds nothing like jazz today. Why do we use “jazz” for such different music? -- Patrick Leonard, Charlottesville, Virginia
In the past 90 years, jazz has changed tremendously, resulting in a myriad of styles: New Orleans, swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, modal, fusion, Latin jazz and others. The many disparate styles of jazz are linked by melodies with bent or “blue” notes, call-and-response patterns, off-beat and syncopated rhythms, and, finally, improvisation—each time a jazz band plays a piece, it sounds fresh.
John Edward Hasse
Curator of American Music National Museum of American History
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