Mondays at Beinecke: Carmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder’s Wedding Photos, Westport, 1955, with Frank Mitchell

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Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
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Public historian and curator Wm. Frank Mitchell will discuss the 1955 wedding photos of Carmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder by Saul Mariber from the Carl Van Vechten Papers Relating to African American Arts and Letters. The photographs (for an example, see: document the wedding of De Lavallade and Holder at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Westport, and their reception at Clarence Derwent House.
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Mitchell is the curator of the upcoming exhibition, “Who Governs: Democracy and Power in an American City,” at Artspace New Haven, which takes the 60th anniversary of Robert Dahl’s groundbreaking book to present work in varied media that reference city management, governance, and the ways we live together. The former director of the Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum, he has organized numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums throughout Connecticut, most recently in 2019-20, “Afrocosmologies: American Reflections” at the Amistad Center, described by the Boston Globe as “like a full-throated gospel choir, it’s glorious.” Mitchell is the author of the accompanying catalog published by The Wadsworth Atheneum and of other books including “African American Food Culture” (Greenwood Press, 2009) and the co-author and photography editor of “African American Connecticut Explored” (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and earned his master’s in African American studies at Yale and Ph.D. in American culture from the University of Michigan.

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