DuSable’s Geoffrey & Carmen Exhibit Opens
Last chance to see the new retrospective of two of the art and entertainment world’s most respected African American artists.
Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History first solely mounted traveling exhibition, Geoffrey & Carmen: A Memoir in Four Movements will close on May 5, 2013. It is a retrospective of the careers of two of the art and entertainment world’s most respected African American artists: painter, photographer and actor Geoffrey Holder his wife, choreographer and dancer Carmen DeLavallad. Holder has directed shows on Broadway and has earned multiple Tony Awards. DeLavallade has won a number of Emmy Awards and other dance honors. The Joyce Foundation-funded exhibition, which opened in February 9, documents their five-decade creative collaboration.
Geoffrey & Carmen includes more than 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs, costumes, books and designs by the couple. Four sections: Theatre, Art, Design, Dance include paintings, sculpture, photographs highlighting the extraordinary careers of Holder and DeLavallade. Highlights include: Costumes and Sketches “The Wiz,” “Timbuktu,” “Dougla,” “The Prodigal Prince,” and “The Red Shoe;” Archival Footage of Ballets and Dances created and choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Metropolitan Opera, and American Ballet Theatre; Archival Footage of Television Appearances, including: The Ed Sullivan Show, Playhouse 90, Cosby, A Different World and The Today Show; and items designed by Holder from their personal wardrobes which garnered the duo inclusion onto the International Best Dressed List and the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
The Joyce Foundation helps cultural organizations ensure a diversity of perspective and experience through board and staff, creative programming, artists’ residencies, fellowships and other projects. The Foundation believes that supporting diversity in arts organizations and artists attract will diverse audiences.