SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014
Dr. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd
Interim Executive Director at The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History
“Always Especially Treasured”: Arthur Bedou’s Photographs of African American Catholicism in New Orleans
New Orleans-based photographer A.P. Bedou (1886-1966) is perhaps best known for his early 20th-century portraits of educator, author and activist Booker T. Washington, produced during Washington’s tenure as President of Tuskegee Institute. Yet Bedou also spent much of his career as the formal portrait photographer for Xavier University, the Sisters of the Holy Family (SSF), and other distinctly Catholic, African American organizations in New Orleans. This lecture will examine how Bedou’s work, illuminated by oral histories and drawn from diverse public and private collections, reveals broader, class-based issues regarding the representation of African American Catholic and “Creole of color” identities in New Orleans.
Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd is Interim Executive Director at The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (NOAAM). Her areas of specialization include the Art of the African Diaspora; Modern and Contemporary British Art with a specialization in British artists of African, Asian and Caribbean descent; and eighteenth-century British art. Most recently, she was Assistant Professor of Art History and Curator of University Art Collections at Xavier University of Louisiana from 2008-2013.
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Collecting Art History focuses on the invaluable work by collectors of African-American and African Diaspora art—from amateur or modest collectors through to professional collectors and institutions—in contributing to the building of ever more substantial histories of African-American and African Diaspora art. The symposium invites collectors, scholars, museum employees, and others with a range of interests in the collecting and historicizing of African-American and African Diaspora art to participate in this lively discussion.