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Carl Van Vechten
© Carl Van Vechten
Portrait & Text: African American Artists of Dance, Music, and the Written Word
Emory Libraries: Robert W. Woodruff Library, Level 10
Featuring work by: Carl Van Vechten

Exhibition: Mon, Jan 24, to Fri, Dec 30 2011

The gift to Emory of a small collection of photographs by Carl Van Vechten offers an opportunity to showcase the breadth and depth of MARBL holdings related to African Americans in the arts. The photographs were first exhibited in Paris during a 1992 conference on “African Americans and Europe.” Van Vechten was a novelist, literary savant, patron of the arts, and principal support of African American literati. He also became a superb photographic portraitist, and his photos enable us to foreground a number of interrelated collections. Visitors to this exhibition will discover original materials from twenty-one different collections documenting the life and work of the twenty-one individuals whose portraits are on display. In his important essay on Carl Van Vechten’s photographs, Emory faculty member Rudolph P. Byrd observed “[I]t is a pleasure to join a face with language, to join an image with a reputation; in fine, it is a pleasure to ponder what some would term a different text.” This exhibition moves in the opposite direction, that is, from photograph to text. The focus is of intersections: of subjects portrayed and the cultural works they produced; and of the subjects themselves, one to another.

Emory Libraries: Robert W. Woodruff Library, Level 10
540 Asbury Circle
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9am - 5pm
p: (404) 727-0136
web: http://web.library.emory.edu/libraries/schatten-gallery
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/712
ACP Listing #: 001

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