4 saints in 3 acts : a snapshot of the American avant-garde in the 1930s
- edited by Patricia Allmer and John Sears.
- Manchester : Manchester University Press ; London : in collaboration with The Photographers' Gallery, 2017.
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- xxvii, 166 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Foreword by Anna Dannemann Introduction - Patricia Allmer and John Sears
- 1 Moving pictures: photography and time in Four Saints in Three Acts - Patricia Allmer
- 2 Modernism in tableaux: race and desire in Four Saints in Three Acts - Lisa Barg
- 3 Styling Four Saints in Three Acts: scene, costume, fashion and the queer modern moment - Christopher Breward
- 4 Not so black and white: Frederick Ashton's 'outsider' ballet - Lucy Weir
- 5 'As if they were the saints they said they were': Gertrude Stein's Four Saints in Three Acts and serial resemblance - John Sears
- 6 The visitable past: Four Saints in Three Acts remembered - Steven Watson Index
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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. -- .
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. Four saints in three acts.
- Miller, Lee, 1907-1977
- Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964.
- Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955.
- White Studio (New York, N.Y.)
- Avant-garde (Aesthetics) > United States > History > 20th century.
- Photography, Artistic > Exhibitions.
- African American singers > 20th century.
- Opera > United States > 20th century.
- United States > Intellectual life > 20th century.
- United States > Race relations > History > 20th century.
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- Four saints in three acts : a snapshot of the American avant-garde in the 1930s
- Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Photographers' Studio, London.
- 9781526113030 (paperback)
- 1526113031 (paperback)
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