Bust of Miles Davis

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Description (Brief)
This bust of American jazz trumpeter, musician, bandleader, and composer Miles Dewey Davis III (1926 - 1991) was made by Ed Dwight in Denver, Colorado in 1990. Made of cast bronze, the sculpture depicts Davis’ torso, playing a trumpet, wearing a jacket and sunglasses, on a wood 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
Davis, Miles
Dwight, Ed
place made
United States: Colorado, Denver
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 96 cm x 80 cm x 66 cm; 37 25/32 in x 31 1/2 in x 25 31/32 in
overall: 37 1/2 in x 24 in x 25 in; 95.25 cm x 60.96 cm x 63.5 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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