Handwritten on disc label: Gallé files final 1/5/12
Title from YouTube.
Video provides information regarding Gallé's vase, Les Hommes noirs, or "The Dark Men," currently on display in the gallery of the Corning Museum of Glass. A final version of this video is shown in the gallery next to this piece.
Les Hommes noirs was designed by the celebrated designer and glass manufacturer Emile Gallé in collaboration with the painter and sculptor Victor Prouvé. In a letter to Prouvé, Gallé wrote that, with Les Hommes noirs, he aimed to expose "fanaticism, hatred, lies, prejudice, and hypocrisy." The vase's decoration represents a call for justice, for civil rights, and for the defense of the unjustly accused. Its subject refers to the intense political, judicial, and social scandal that surrounded a French Jewish military officer named Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935). The Dreyfus Affair (1894-1906) involved a wrongful conviction of treason and a subsequent cover-up that divided French society for over a decade.
Disc contains .wmv, .mov, and .mp3 files.
Edited by Dennis Murray, Gemini Media.
Narrated and written by Tina Oldknow, curator, Modern Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass.
Final video is available as a streaming video file on CMOG YouTube Channel.
Gift; CMOG Admin; 2012; 1000121122
Video disc has audio problems.