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Talent Within: Michael Klauke

/ August 11, 2021
As a contributor to Talent Within: NCMA Staff Art Exhibition, opening August 14, I look forward to seeing many of my colleagues’ artwork on the Museum’s walls. Having worked at the NCMA for over 34 years, I’ve gotten to know many works of art intimately and am often inspired by the permanent collection. As an artist I’m also inspired by the interplay of language and visual representation …
Michael Klauke, Imagine (Portrait of Jackson at 18), 2020, ink and pencil on paper, image 12 x 12 in., paper 20 x 20 in., Courtesy of the artist

This portrait of my son, Jackson, who is a talented young musician, is made up of brief, handwritten biographies of 12 of Jackson’s favorite composers. They are:

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
  3. Ludwig van Beethoven (1771–1827)
  4. Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
  5. Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881)
  6. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
  7. Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
  8. Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
  9. Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
  10. George Gershwin (1898–1937)
  11. John Lennon (1940–1980)
  12. Paul McCartney (born 1942)

Talent Within: NCMA Staff Art Exhibition runs August 14, 2021–February 13, 2022, and features 25 works by staff members who represent a cross-section of the Museum’s broad range of departments and professions.

Michael Klauke
Michael Klauke is associate registrar for collections at the NCMA.

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