Bust of Charlie Parker

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Description (Brief)
This bust of American composer and saxophonist Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr. (1920 - 1955) was made by Ed Dwight in Denver, Colorado in 1990. Made of cast bronze, the sculpture depicts Parker’s head, neck and hands, playing a saxophone, on a base of saxophones and 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.
Currently not on view
date made
Parker, Charlie
Dwight, Ed
place made
United States: Colorado, Denver
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 50 in x 21 in x 24 in; 127 cm x 53.34 cm x 60.96 cm
overall: 53 in x 21 in x 17 in; 134.62 cm x 53.34 cm x 43.18 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
Calvin B. and Marilyn B. Gross
African American
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History