Wednesday August 16, 2006

Dunbar, In Black and White

Contemporary photographic interpretations of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poetry are on display at the University of Dayton's Roesch Library gallery.

"Black and White: Contemporary Photographic Interpretations of Paul Laurence Dunbar's Poetry," will be on display in the first-floor gallery of the University of Dayton's Roesch Library through Oct. 5.

The exhibition focuses on books published during Dunbar's lifetime that were illustrated with photographs portraying the African-American characters described in the poems. These photos were taken by students and faculty of the Hampton Institute, a Virginia school founded shortly after Emancipation to help prepare former slaves to find employment.

A reception and lecture in the gallery will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, featuring Ray Sapirstein, an authority on Dunbar's collaboration with the Hampton Institute in the production of these illustrated books.

The six illustrated books on display (many of them first editions published between 1899 and 1906) and reproductions of their decorative covers are mounted on the gallery walls. Also in the gallery are enlargements of selected poems and the photographs that accompany them.

The exhibition is free and open to the public and can be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call 937-229-4270 or click here.

Contact Teri Rizvi at 937-229-3241 for an electronic photo.