Thursday, August 18, 2016

Art and Food Pairing™: Dorothy’s Gallery and Waly-Fay – Part 1

Currently on display at Dorothy’s Gallery is an exhibition of over 70 photographs by Haitian artist Gérald Bloncourt. Called Gérald Bloncourt: Un demi-siècle de mémoire photographique (Gérald Bloncourt: A Half-century of Photographic Memory), the show explores four themes: Celebrities, Social Engagement, Paris – Eternal and Working Class, and The Worker’s World.

Bloncourt is the son of a Guadeloupian father and a French mother. In addition to being a photographer, he is a painter and a writer of prose and poetry. He was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2012 and was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2015. He is a founding member of the Centre d’Art, an organization whose mission is to support the international recognition and distribution of Haitian art.

While I have seen many exhibitions of Bloncourt’s paintings at Dorothy’s Gallery, I did not realize that he has amassed a significant body of work as a photographer. I was intrigued by the opportunity to see this exhibition, but Tom and I were disappointed to find the gallery unexpectedly closed on the day we wanted to visit. I was able to take these photos through the window.

Angela Davis at the Humanity Festival - detail
© Discover Paris!

Ray Charles
May 1962
© Discover Paris!

A couple of paintings were on display in the window as well.

Hoèdic, Bretagne
2000, Aquarelle on paper
© Discover Paris!

Sabine Haïti
1989, ink on paper
© Discover Paris!

Gérald Bloncourt: Un demi-siècle de mémoire photographique will be on display through September 23, 2016. Toward the end of the run, the gallery will install a greater variety of Bloncourt's work, including additional paintings, drawings, and etchings to accompany his photographs.

During the month of August, Dorothy’s Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

In September, normal hours resume:

Wednesday through Saturday from 1 PM to 7 PM
Tuesday and Sunday from 4 PM to 7 PM
and by appointment

dorothy’s gallery
27, rue Keller
75011 Paris
Telephone: 01 43 57 08 51
Metro: Bastille (Lines 1 and 5), Voltaire (Line 9)

In Part 2 of this article (to be published next week), read about the meal that Tom and I had at the nearby West African restaurant, Waly-Fay.

Waly-Fay sign
© Discover Paris!


Entrée to Black Paris!™ is a Discover Paris! blog.

If you like this posting, share it with your friends by using one of the social media links below!

No comments: