New York’s Salon 94 will present a new exhibition highlighting the long-forgotten poster art from a range of historic Black performers that have been slowly disappearing from public memory.
“Caldonia: Concert and Film Posters from the Collection of Ralph DeLuca” presents a rich and varied archive of designs that have rarely been seen by audiences today, including the King himself, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, arguably the greatest American composer of the 20th Century, along with a range of notable artists and performers, such as Fats Navarro, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, and many more.
The exhibition particularly examines the vanishing memory of Black women performers, to which historian and contributor Daphne Brooks stated is at “the point at which they begin to slip out of view and into the void of cultural memory.” According to curator Serubiri Moses, what’s really at stake is recognizing the importance of urban Black life and how it played an integral part in shaping 20th Century modernity. The exhibition will be on view at Salon 94 from March 11-26, 2022.
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