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INTIMATE CIRCLES: AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE ARTS Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women

Monday, July 28, 2003 (All day) to Saturday, October 18, 2003 (All day)

The Beinecke Library is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of women in the arts. From July 28-October 18 Intimate Circles: American Women in the Arts and Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women will be on view from at the library, which is located at 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06520-8240. The Exhibition area is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Fridays 8:30 5:00, Saturdays 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Exception: The exhibition area is closed Saturdays in August.

Intimate Circles: American Women in the Arts , an exhibition drawn exclusively from the Beinecke Library's collections, documents the lives of sixty-one women who lived and worked in the early twentieth century--writers, artists, publishers, performers, collaborators, and community builders--whose energies set in motion lasting aesthetic and cultural practices. The exhibition locates, maps, and studies the relationships among these women to reveal networks that shaped and defined the artistic movements of the period. The contributions they made to the development of modern art, literature, and theater have guided the course of these arts well beyond their own lifetimes. Subjects include: Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Georgia O'Keeffe, Muriel Draper, Josephine Baker, Harriet Monroe, Sara Teasdale, A'Lelia Walker, Eva Le Gallienne, Neith Boyce Hapgood, Georgia Douglas Johnson, H.D., Marianne Moore, and Mabel Dodge Luhan among many others. A fully illustrated catalog of the exhibition, Intimate Circles: American Women in the Arts , will be available at the library or may be ordered from the University Press of New England

The photographs in Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women represent only a fraction of those Van Vechten took of women. During his career as a photographer, Van Vechten's subjects, many of whom were his friends and social acquaintances, included dancers, actresses, writers, artists, activists, singers, costumiers, photographers, social critics, educators, journalist, socialites, and aesthetes. The exhibition includes portraits of some 50 women of achievement photographed between 1932-1964, including Billie Holiday, Zora Neale Hurston, and Marianne Moore to name a few of his most well known subjects--and some now-forgotten women who made significant contributions to the Broadway theater community, the Harlem Renaissance, the early Hollywood film industry, and the 1920s and '30s expatriate communities in Paris and London. Through these images, the exhibition also reveals something of the photographer's unique life. Born in 1880, Van Vechten was a leading opera and music critic in the early twentieth century and by many accounts he was America's first serious dance critic; he was also a best selling novelist and a promoter of many literary talents, including Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, and Nella Larsen. After a full career as a writer and critic, Van Vechten began photographing friends and professional acquaintances in 1932. A fully illustrated catalog of the exhibition, Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women , will be available at the library or may be ordered from the University Press of New England

Related Events
Beinecke Library Women in the Arts Film Series
Films will be screened at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8280, every Saturday in August at 1 pm:
8-2: Age of Innocence
8-9 : Reds
8-16: The Nun's Story
8-23 : St. Louis Blues
8-30: Rebecca

Readings and Performances
Reading and Lecture by Alice Walker, September 10, 4 pm at Battell Chapel

Collegium Musicum Series Event : Mina, Marianne, Maxine, and More: A Performance of New Compositions for Texts by Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, Maxine Kumin, and other Women Represented in the Beinecke Library's Archival Collections, October 1 at Beinecke Library

Poetry Reading by Jorie Graham, October 21, 4 pm at Beinecke Library

Intimate Circles: American Women in the Arts
Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women
July 28-October 18, 2003

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Yale University
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P.O. Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/brblhome.htm

For more information contact:
Nancy Kuhl
Assistant Curator, The Yale Collection of American Literature
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Yale University
121 Wall Street
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
Email: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu
Phone: 203.432.2966
Fax: 203.432.4047

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