Alexandre Dumas’s Afro reassembles the “scattered pieces” of Dumas and his circle, including American actress, poet, and painter Adah Isaacs Menken.Read full description
Nadar: Alexandre Dumas, 1855; carte de visite: albumen print on cardboard; Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby Collection.
Cocurators of Alexandre Dumas’s Afro, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby and Vanessa Jackson, introduce the exhibition, which examines caricature, race, and the infantilization of Alexandre Dumas, the prolific author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, among many other books. Why, they ask, is Dumas’s work so often celebrated in films, comics, and children’s books yet ignored by scholars?
To mark the opening of Alexandre Dumas’s Afro: Blackness Caricatured, Erased, and Back Again, which she guest curated together with Vanessa Jackson, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby introduces her new book, Creole, with a presentation designed to frame and contextualize the exhibition.