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Lunch + Learn: Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Ph.D.

Arthur P. Bedou, Pictorialism and Creole New Orleans
New Orleans-born photographer Arthur P. Bedou (1882-1966) is best known for a series of evocative, widely-reproduced portraits of renowned African American educator and activist Booker T. Washington, produced during Washington’s tenure as President of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama from approximately 1908-1915.  This lecture will examine a largely under-explored area of scholarship: Bedou’s engagement with Pictorialist aesthetics in his portraiture and landscape photography.  It will have a particular focus on Bedou’s distinctive portraits of New Orleans’ Creole of color communities, with an emphasis on a prolific body of images produced for Xavier University, an historically African American, Catholic institution, and for the Sisters of the Holy Family (SSF), the second oldest Catholic religious order for women of color in the United States, established in mid-19th century New Orleans. 

Dr. Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd is an art historian, curator, and arts administrator. She specializes in the art of the African Diaspora (including artists engaged with feminist theory and African American cartoonists), American art, curatorial studies, 18th- century British art (with emphasis on William Hogarth’s graphic narratives), and Modern and Contemporary art, including contemporary British art with a focus on British artists of African, Asian and Caribbean descent.



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Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.
Please bring your own lunch.


When: Thursday, March 15, 12 pm 
Where: OSU Museum of Art