From April 30 through August 29, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is featuring We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz, an exhibition of art and memorabilia honoring the legendary jazz musician.
We Want Miles previously ran at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, where Davis performed his final concert weeks before his death in 1991. The exhibition chronicles the trumpeter's life through materials including rare or previously unscreened concert film footage, original musical scores, a selection of Davis's trumpets and fellow band members' musical instruments, original documents, stage costumes, and vintage record pressings. The exhibit also chronicles Davis's impact on jazz and other genres through musical selections at 20 listening stations.
Several paintings by Davis and works by the artists he influenced, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mati Klarwein, and Niki de Saint Phalle, are on display, as are portraits of the artist by photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Herman Leonard, William Gottlieb, and Dennis Stock.