Dorothy Dandridge | Hollywood Icons & Legends Series
Casual portrait of actress Dorothy Dandridge in the living room of her Beverly Hills home. Los Angeles, CA, 1954. Allan Grant, photographer.Life Magazine © Time Inc.
Dorothy Jean Dandridge (1922–1965) was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Carmen Jones, and in 1959 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Porgy and Bess.
Date: 18th–19th century Geography: Ethiopia, Tigray region Culture: Tigray region Medium: Parchment, ink, pigments, cotton
In Ethiopia customized protective scrolls that interweave sacred imagery with textual prayers have been prescribed by traditional healers for over two thousand years. These were carried on the person of the individual to whom they were specifically dedicated to shield them from harm.
Often the customized content of a scroll is astrologically determined. In Ethiopia as in ancient Greece, each human being has a corresponding zodiac sign associated with a particular destiny and talismanic character. The iconography of the scrolls thus alternate between talismanic “seals” and representations of saints, angels and archangels shown in the act of fighting demons. The seals are modeled on the seal of God that was revealed to King Solomon and feature geometric patterns intertwined with stylized representations of multiple visages and eyes that indicate prayers for divine intervention.
Peter Basch photograph of burlesque dancer Rose Hardaway - 1957
Selma Burke in her studio ca. 1900s
Selma Hortense Burke is one of the few African-American women sculptors who achieved a high level of national recognition during her lifetime. She received national recognition for her relief portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt which was the model for his image on the dime.
She was committed to teaching art to others, so she established the Selma Burke Art School in New York City and opened the Selma Burke Art Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Colonial vintage portraits taken in Senegal and Guinea-Conakry.
A Moroccan woman spinning wool
Ms. Tholi M, and a woven Zulu basket she made by hand.