Bust of Benny Goodman

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Description (Brief)
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
date made
Goodman, Benny
Dwight, Ed
place made
United States: Colorado, Denver
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 29 in x 16 in x 31 in; 73.66 cm x 40.64 cm x 78.74 cm
overall: 27 1/4 in x 12 in x 33 in; 69.215 cm x 30.48 cm x 83.82 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Calvin B. and Marilyn B. Gross
African American
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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