Artist Lecture in partnership with By Any Means: Ben Jones

CMOA Theater

Free Event


Join CMOA and By Any Means for a special artist lecture, right before our 3 p.m. Gallery Conversation.

"...I want my work to be for everyone. Once we realize that we are not only one world, but a part of an expanding universe, we can begin to express the joy of creation and a love for all people."
—Ben Jones

For more than four decades, Jones’s multimedia installations have reflected his travel and research in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The brilliant rhythmic colors, abstract motifs, dense symmetrically designed compositions and symbols found in his work combines a classical portrayal of African art culture represented by the African Diaspora and the African-American experience. Through abstract patterns, color and rhythm, Jones speaks to his spiritual, political and cultural involvement with socioeconomic progress and cultural achievement on a global scale.

Jones’s art work is now on view in 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art.

Ben Jones (born 1941, New Jersey), received an MFA from Pratt University (Brooklyn, NY), MA from New York University (New York, NY) and BFA from William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ). Jones has made more than fifty cultural exchange visits to Cuba since the nineteen-seventies, and is noted by the Granma International of Havana, Cuba as one of the most important African-American artists of his generation. Jones’s work has been exhibited internationally and appears in numerous public and private collections across the United States, Cuba, Spain, Great Britain, Brazil and Japan to include the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Studio Museum of Harlem (New York, NY) and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana, Cuba), The Jersey City Museum (Jersey City, NJ), Espace Gaite (Paris, France), 198 and the Rich Mix Gallery (London, England); Studio Aperto (Rome, Italy) Galeria Siguaraya, (Berlin, Germany) to name a few.

CMOA partners with contemporary art series By Any Means for this artist lecture. By Any Means (BAM) engages with artists, curators, writers, and cultural consumers to broaden the scope and understanding of contemporary art influenced by Black culture. Additional support for By Any Means is provided by Annette Berger and Family, August Wilson Legacy Fund, and Dawn and Chris Fleischner.