Dancer Juel D. Lane pays homage to Ernie Barnes' 'The Maestro' (VIDEO)

Apr 13, 2019

Check out the extraordinary dance interpretation of Ernie Barnes' iconic painting, “The Maestro.” It was choreographed by Atlanta dance sensation Juel D. Lane. The whimsical, mystical and magical video features all kinds of #BlackBoyJoy and was released in December exclusively on AfroPunk.

“The Maestro” is a 1978 painting that depicts a black man as a conductor of sounds spilling out of an old radio. Barnes was one of the country’s most sought after African American artists of the 1970s. His work was featured each week on the classic sitcom Good Times (remember JJ’s paintings). His iconic image of black folks gettin down in the “Sugar Shack” was featured on the cover of Marvin Gaye's hit record “I Want You.”

“As a black man I’m deeply moved by the language Barnes paints; from the lanky extremities flowing freely in space to a bold sense of culture, color, and pure-ness on the canvas. Now I’m bringing that all to life. It’s really exciting,” said Lane in a statement.