Esperanza Spalding will be coming on as a guest curator at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum starting this June. Announced last week, the acclaimed jazz bassist and singer will come on with her own exhibition titled, “Esperanza Spalding Selects,” as part of the Museum’s guest series, starting June 9 and staying up until Jan. 7, 2018.
According to the Museum's announcement, the Emily's D+Evolution singer will be the 15th guest chosen for their “Selects” series, where “designers, artists, architects and public figures are invited to examine and interpret the museum’s collection of more than 210,000 objects.”
Included in her upcoming installation is a feature called “Evolving Perspectives on Integration,” which will break down the “progression of changing cultural sensitivities toward race,” through the display of sheet music.
“As a musician and composer committed to exploring uncharted creative territories, she approached our collection with the same spirit of intellectual inquiry and artistic open-mindedness,” said Caroline Baumann, the Museum’s director. “Willing to challenge conventional interpretations and histories, Esperanza has created a provocative dialogue among her selected objects.”
In addition to putting together her own installations, Spalding also recorded new original music for the exhibition alongside Argentine composer Leonardo Genovese, which will be played in the gallery.
For more information on her upcoming exhibition, read the full announcement here.