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Saturday, December 21, 2019

So Splendid a Journey at the English-language Library in Angers

Robert and Annette Bonnell help organize the U.S. Embassy-supported Speaker Series for the English-language Library in Angers. I was ever so pleased when they asked me to participate in the series and were then able to confirm that I could make a presentation about Beauford and So Splendid a Journey for their last event in 2019!

Despite the chaos that reigns due to the nationwide transit strike, Tom and I were able to board the 6:37 train from Paris' Gare Montparnasse to Angers on the morning of December 13. We were even lucky enough to catch a bus to the train station.

We had a comfortable ride to Angers, a town in western France that is about 190 miles from Paris. We arrived just after dawn. It was our first visit there and we appreciated the architecture and the gentle slopes of the city as we made our way to the library on foot.

Place de la Gare, Angers
© Entrée to Black Paris

Monique in front of the English-language Library in Angers
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We were greeted warmly by Phoebe Marshall-Raimbeau, who has been director of the library since it was founded in 1993.

Phoebe Marshall-Raimbeau
© Entrée to Black Paris

After all the technical aspects of the presentation were checked and re-checked, I played the video trailer for So Splendid a Journey.

Playing the video trailer
Image courtesy of Annette Bonnell

Robert Bonnell introduced me, and I gave my talk to the gathering of about 45 persons, most of whom were French!

Introduction by Robert Bonnell
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I began by presenting why I care about Beauford, went on to give an overview of his life in Paris and a review of the evolution of his art, and finished by citing the numerous events and activities that preserve and promote his legacy.

After the presentation, a lively Q&A period ensued. I was able to demonstrate the Blippar Augmented Reality app in the Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color catalog as one of the means through which Beauford's legacy is being extended.

Demonstrating Blippar for members of the audience
© Entrée to Black Paris

So Splendid a Journey will be the first full-length video documentary that answers the question, "Who was Beauford Delaney"? To support the completion of the video, which we aim to screen at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2020, click HERE.

Bibliothèque Anglophone d'Angers
English-language Library in Angers
60, rue Boisnet
49100 Angers
Website: www.ellia.org

1 comment:

Ellen Lebelle said...

I'm glad you got to Angers. You'll have to go back and visit the city. The Lurçat Tapestries of the Apocalypse are fantastic. And there are several Loire valley chateaux nearby. If I'd paid attention beforehand, if you announced you were going, I would have alerted my niece and her family, who live in Angers, just a stone's throw from the station.