Geoffrey & Carmen: A Memoir in Four Movements

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© Courtesy of the DuSable Museum of African American History
Geoffrey & Carmen: A Memoir in Four Movements
Curated by: Charles Bethea, Leo Holder

740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637
February 9th, 2013 - July 15th, 2013
Opening: February 9th, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

South Side
Tuesday—Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday, Noon–5:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
books, costumes, photography, sculpture


The DuSable Museum of African American History in association with the California African American Museum (CAAM) will present an exhibition, Geoffrey and Carmen: A Memoir in Four Movements. The exhibition will include more than 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs, costumes, books and designs by the Tony Award winning director/choreographer/ artist/actor/author Geoffrey Holder and his award-winning wife, dancer/actress/choreographer Carmen DeLavallade. All works in the exhibition were created by the couple whose combined years in the world of entertainment, art and culture total more than a century. The exhibition will provide an intimate look at Holder & DeLavallade and their work as dancers, choreographers, and multi-talented artists, but, it will also be Holder’s gloriously colored paintings and his tributes to his family that will make the exhibition personal and lively.

The exhibition will be divided into four sections: “Family,” ”Art,” “Dance” and “Theatre” and will include paintings, sculpture, photographs highlighting the extraordinary careers of Holder and DeLavallade. Highlights of the exhibition will include: Costumes and Sketches “The Wiz,” “Timbuktu,” “Dougla,” “The Prodigal Prince,” and “The Red Shoe;” Archival Footage of Ballets and Dances created and choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Metropolitan Opera, and American Ballet Theatre; Archival Footage of Television Appearances, including: The Ed Sullivan Show, Playhouse 90, Cosby, A Different World and The Today Show; and items designed by Holder from their personal wardrobes which garnered the duo inclusion onto the International Best Dressed List and the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.