Black Paris

The National Portrait Gallery – Josephine Baker: Image and Icon

Temporary exhibitions

November 24, 2006 through March 18, 2007

This exhibition traces Josephine Baker’s important and innovative contribution to the Jazz Age through vintage photographs, posters, drawings, prints and paintings. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Baker’s birth, the exhibition explores the development of her image, first as an exotic phenomenon in a mid-1920s Paris that was infatuated with African-American culture, then as a glamorous cabaret star and finally as a Civil Rights advocate for a world without ethnic and racial barriers.

This exhibition is organized by Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis.

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