Mark Morrisroe (1959–1989), Untitled, c. 1981. Gum bichromate print, 24 15/16 × 20 7/8 in. (63.3 × 53 cm). The Estate of Mark Morrisroe (Ringier Collection) at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. © The Estate of Mark Morrisroe (Ringier Collection) at Fotomuseum Winterthur

Blues for Smoke features more than 40 artists from the 1950s to the present in both blues and popular music. The exhibition title was inspired by the 1906 sold album by jazz pianist Jaki Byard. The curator handpicked pieces that are poetic and avant-garde, closing a divide based on race, genertion and canon. Art lovers will enjoy a series of performances, events, screening and readings.

Blues for Smoke is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The exhibition is curated by Bennett Simpson. At the Whitney Museum, the installation is overseen by Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator.

On exhibit at Whitney Museum of American Art located at 945 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021 until April 28, 2013.