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Evenings with an Author: Alan Govenar
30 January 2019 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
Anne Morgan: Photography, Philanthropy and Advocacy
Between 1918 and 1922, Anne Morgan, the youngest daughter of the financier and banker John Pierpont Morgan, commissioned thousands of documentary photographs and numerous films to sensitize the American public to the needs of people in the war-torn regions of France, and to chronicle the relief efforts of the Committee for Devastated France (CARD) that she founded with physician Anne Murray Dike. Her pioneering use of media brought international attention to her humanitarian efforts in the United States and France and propelled her fundraising campaigns. Today, Anne Morgan’s legacy is hardly known. Govenar’s book, Anne Morgan: Photography, Philanthropy and Advocacy, co-authored with Mary Niles Maack, establishes the historical and cultural context of Morgan’s work. In his talk, Govenar will discuss decade-long study of Morgan’s life and career and will also discuss the new multimedia instalation he has created with Jean-Michel Sanchez and Julien Roger as part of the Anne Morgan exhibition currently on view at Le Musée franco-américain du château de Blérancourt.
Alan Govenar is an award-winning writer, playwright, photographer and filmmaker. He is the president of Documentary Arts, a non-profit organization he founded in 1985 to present new perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures. Govenar is a Guggenheim Fellow, who has directed more than two-dozen films and is the author of twenty-nine books, including Everyday Music, Untold Glory, Stompin’ at the Savoy, and Jasper, Texas. Govenar’s film Stoney Knows How, based on his book by the same title, was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and was selected as an Outstanding Film of the Year by the London Film Festival. The off-Broadway premiere of Govenar’s musical Texas in Paris received rave reviews in The New York Times and was presented in its European premiere at the Festival de l’Imaginaire in Paris. His thirtieth book The Blues Come to Texas will be published in March 2019.