Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby: "Creole Degas."

When Edgar Degas traveled across the sea to visit his Creole family in New Orleans in 1872, he continually expressed his anxiety about his sight and his difficulty apprehending or painting the black persons so novel to him. The artist attempted to justify his decision not to depict this foreign place so pervaded by a boldly visible racial difference because of the brevity of his visit. This talk analyzes the intersection of sight, blindness, race, and Creole identity in the writings and art of Degas during his voyage to New Orleans and return to Paris.

This talk will be given by Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby in Henry Hall 106 @ 4pm.