Myron Schwartzman

Myron Schwartzman

Biographer, writer and jazz musician




Professor Emeritus Myron Schwartzman taught at Baruch College from 1973 to 2011. 

A widely published writer, Schwartzman is the authorized biographer of the celebrated artist Romare Bearden and author of Romare Bearden: His Life and Art (Abrams, 1990) and Celebrating the Victory (Scholastic Press, 1993) a biography of Bearden ¬†for young readers. 

His special friendship with Bearden began in 1978 with their mutual interest in jazz and literature His articles on Bearden have been published in Artforum and Callaloo: A Journal of Afro-American Arts & Letters..

An accomplished jazz pianist, Schwartzman played for six years with Larry Rivers' East Thirteenth Street Band, which he co-founded with Rivers, David Levy and Howard Brofsky.

Lately, he has been much involved with the New Sanctuary Coalition, working to assist refugees and detainees in New York and New Jersey.

Before coming to Baruch College, Schwartzman taught at The New School and the Parsons School of Design. He earned an MPhil from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.

He lives in New York with his wife Judith H Schwartzman.

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