4 Saints In 3 Acts: A Snapshot Of The American Avant-garde In The 1930s

October 24, 2017|
4 Saints In 3 Acts: A Snapshot Of The American Avant-garde In The 1930s by Patricia Allmer
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Four Saints in Three Acts by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson was a major avant-garde phenomenon of the 1930s, an experimental opera that nonetheless achieved remarkable popular success. Photography was a key element of that success, but its complex roles in the construction, representation and dissemination of the opera have hitherto received little critical attention. The photographic recording of the all-African American cast in particular affords a unique insight into the complexities of Four Saints in relation to the Harlem Renaissance and the New York avant-gardes of the time. This book, published in collaboration with The Photographers'' Gallery, London, presents a wide selection of photographs of the cast, performances, and other material - many images reproduced for the first time - alongside essays by an international range of scholars exploring different aspects of the opera, including dance, fashion, music, and avant-garde writing, as well as photography.
Patricia Allmer is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Edinburgh John Sears is an independent scholar
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Title:4 Saints In 3 Acts: A Snapshot Of The American Avant-garde In The 1930s
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:200 pages, 8.75 X 6.35 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:200 pages, 8.75 X 6.35 X 0.68 in
Published:October 24, 2017
Publisher:Manchester University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781526113030

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