L’ATLANTIQUE NOIR Nancy Cunard Negro Anthology 1931-1934 Musee du Quai Branly 4 March to 18 May

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Nancy Cunard was the nonconformist icon of the 1920's and 30's, she was a poet, publisher, a collector, activist, journalist as well as a model for Man Ray and the muse of d'Aragon. The British Nancy Cunard symbolizes a time when the artistic avant-gard dovetailed with the political world.   Nancy was committed  against the colonialism and racism of the times alongside the surrealists. The L'Atlantique Noir anthology is now legendary and evokes the times through historical documents and photographs by Man Ray, Raoul Ubac, Cecil Beaton, Curtis Moffat. The British sociologist, Paul Gilroy called this "the black Atlantic."

Credits for the above photos:

Nancy Cunard, 1926 Curtis Moffat, Nancy Cunard ©Curtis Moffat/Victoria and Albert Museum, London Author of the work Curtis Moffat

Nancy Cunard and Henry Crowder in the printer of Hours Press, 15 rue Guenegaud, Paris, 1930 ©rights reserved, the heritiers of Nancy Cunard

Portrait of Nancy Cunard by Barbara Ker-Seymer ©The Estate of Barbara Ker-Seymer

The poster Musee du quai Branly, Commissaire: Sarah Frioux-Salgas, resposible for the archives and documentation from the collections of the mediatheque of the Musee du quai Branly.



Musee du quai Branly

37 quai Branly Paris 7eme

exhibition March 4 – May 18th. 


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