Les Amis de Beauford Delaney is partnering with the Wells International Foundation (WIF) and Reid Hall to bring an exhibition of original Beauford Delaney works to Reid Hall in Paris in February 2016!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color: The Vernissage (Opening Reception)


Many thanks to Sophia Pagan Photography for supporting the exhibition by providing the magnificent photos for this post!

Simply spectacular!

That sums up the vernissage (opening reception) for the Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color exhibition that took place at Columbia Global Centers | Paris at Reid Hall on February 3, 2016.

Over 300 people came out for the event over the course of the evening. Art aficionados enjoyed refreshments in the Salle de Conferences, where many works are displayed. They flowed back and forth between this room and the Grande Salle, where more paintings and works on paper punctuate the rich wood paneling found there.

Salle de Conferences

Viewing works and enjoying refreshments

Café Scene in the Grande Salle
(1966) Oil on canvas
Private collection

Among the notables in attendance were sculptor, poet, and novelist Barbara Chase-Riboud, photographer Florence Gruère, documentary filmmaker Louis Messiah, and author Jake Lamar.

Brune Biebuyck, administrative director of Reid Hall, opened the evening by welcoming attendees to the exhibition and introducing me. She spoke warmly about the collaboration between Columbia Global Center Paris, the Wells International Foundation, and Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, and expressed her pleasure at being able to host the exhibition in the magical place that is Reid Hall.

Monique Y. Wells and Brune Biebuyck

For my part, I told the story behind Les Amis de Beauford Delaney and shared how the idea for the exhibition was born. I welcomed a contingent of eleven (11) persons from Knoxville, TN — Beauford's hometown — who were among the crowd to honor Knoxville's native son. Several of them were from the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Then the Wells International Foundation's two strategic partners for education / study abroad came to the podium to explain the projects that they had conceived in conjunction with the exhibition.

Jacqueline Cofield, founder of J Rêve International, spoke passionately about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and the Global Educator Program that she has organized for February 15-20. Eight teachers will explore ways to incorporate the arts into their teaching practices for their respective disciplines with a focus on Beauford's life and art.

Jacqueline Cofield shows flier for STEAM and Multiple Intelligences panel discussion

Professor Bryan Carter and six students from the University of Arizona introduced themselves and their Augmented Reality project. One of the students, Tripp Twyman, demonstrated the process of downloading the Blippar application from the App store onto smart devices and then scanning paintings to activate the app so that attendees could view the video augments and access Web links associated with roughly half of the paintings in the exhibition.

Monique Y. Wells (left), Professor Bryan Carter (center), and University of Arizona students

Explaining the download process

Smartphones at the ready

U of A's Tripp Twyman scans The Eye with the Blippar app

Watch the video of the presentation here.

Once the demonstration was over, attendees went around the exhibition rooms to test the app for themselves.

"Blipping" a painting

Scanning Portrait of Robert Tricoire

Getting familiar with the app

Sylvia Peters, Trustee of the Knoxville Museum of Art, "Blipps" a painting

The atmosphere was exceptionally convivial and attendees were present until closing time.

Left to right: Stephen Wicks, curator for the Knoxville Museum of Art; Wokie Wicks, Monique Y. Wells

Having a laugh

The Blippar app also works for images in the exhibition catalog, which sold "like hotcakes" in the vestibule outside the Grande Salle. Come back next week to learn why this publication is the first of its kind!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color: Before the Opening

The February 3rd opening of the Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color exhibition was a huge success! Photos and a full report on the evening's happenings will come next week.

To whet your appetite for them, I'm sharing behind-the-scenes images of the preparation of the show.

It took three days to hang the exhibition.

Paintings ready for hanging
© Discover Paris!

Thierry hangs La Nativité
© Discover Paris!

Thierry hangs The Eye
© Discover Paris!

Tom Reeves photographs Thierry preparing a painting for hanging
© Discover Paris!

The Grande Salle
© Discover Paris!

Co-curators Monique Wells and Laurence Choko
© Discover Paris!

Monique showing the donor list
© Discover Paris!

Professor Bryan Carter and students from the University of Arizona spent the morning of February 1 video-ing spoken word artist Mike Ladd and me to create the video augments for 20 of the 40+ paintings that are being displayed at the exhibition.

Professor Bryan Carter (far right), University of Arizona students, and Monique (front left)
© Discover Paris!

Professor Carter hangs green screen for video session
© Discover Paris!

Chatting during video session
© Discover Paris!

Mike Ladd
© Discover Paris!

Talking with Professor Carter in the Salle des Conferences
© Discover Paris!

In the meantime, J Rêve International founder, Jacqueline Cofield, was checking out the hotel where the teachers participating in her Global Educator Program will stay during the week of February 15.

Jacqueline Cofield, founder of J Rêve International
© Discover Paris!


Hôtel Le M is one of the two sites in Montparnasse that bears a Beauford Delaney commemorative plaque on the façade.

Hôtel Le M - Beauford Delaney commemorative plaque
© Discover Paris!

J Rêve International is bringing eight U.S. teachers to Paris for a workshop on incorporating the arts into teaching practices for multiple disciplines. Beauford's life and art are the focal point for the workshop.

Among the activities planned are an educator meet-and-greet that will permit teachers in the French and U.S. systems to exchange information and ideas:


and a panel discussion on STEAM and Multiple Intelligences that is open to the public:


Next week - the opening!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Beauford: News from the Net

We are five days away from the opening of

Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color!


While I concentrate on the final organizational details for the exhibition, I want to share a couple of news bytes about Beauford from the Internet.

Art of Jazz: Form/Performance/Notes is a three-part exhibition at The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art held in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums. Consisting of three exhibits at two venues, its mission is to explore the interaction between jazz music and the visual arts. "Performance" will be located in Cooper Gallery's lobby and front galleries. Works by Beauford will be displayed alongside photographs by Hugh Bell and Van Vechten. There will also be a sound installation accompanying an exhibition of album covers. The exhibition will run from February 3 through May 8.

Norfolk, Virginia's Chrysler Museum of Art has acquired a Beauford Delaney portrait of James Baldwin:

Portrait of James Baldwin
(1965) Oil on canvas
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

The museum's Board of Trustees voted unanimously on December 10, 2015 to purchase this work. It goes on public view this month in Gallery 221 of the Chrysler’s Roberts Wing for American and European Art.

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Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, Reid Hall, and the Wells International Foundation (WIF) are partnering to bring an exhibition of original Beauford Delaney works to Reid Hall in Paris in February 2016! WE VALUE YOUR SUPPORT!

To contribute to the show, click HERE.

To sign-up to receive the latest behind-the-scenes news about the show, click HERE.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

You're Invited! Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color


It's official! We have opened registration for attendance at the vernissage (opening) for the Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color exhibition!

It is scheduled for

Wednesday, February 3 at 6 PM.

The venue is:

La Grande Salle
Columbia Global Centers | Paris
Reid Hall, 4, rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris
Metro: Vavin (Line 4)

You must register to attend this event. Columbia Global Centers | Paris has provided links to English and French sign-up pages:

English registration page

French registration page

Even if you cannot attend the opening, sign up so that Columbia Global Centers can send you invitations for events associated with the exhibition that will take place subsequent to the opening. You will need to register for each event that you wish to attend.

I'm looking forward to welcoming you to the show!

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Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, Reid Hall, and the Wells International Foundation (WIF) are partnering to bring an exhibition of original Beauford Delaney works to Reid Hall in Paris in February 2016! WE VALUE YOUR SUPPORT!

To contribute to the show, click HERE.

To sign-up to receive the latest behind-the-scenes news about the show, click HERE.