<P>Josephine Baker in a photograph by Man Ray.<P><BR>An exhibiton of photgraphs of 'La Revue Negre' in NY provides a platform for a discussion about its origins and the people who made it happen. To say that Josephine Baker was a phenomenon is probably an understatement.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>....Americans were rushing to Europe, buying Old World culture with new money and spreading New World culture around. With the franc at a pitifully low rate — 24 to the dollar — Paris was home to 43,000 pleasure-seeking Americans. And it had plenty to offer: artists like Matisse, Léger and Picasso; writers like Proust, Colette and Cocteau; distinguished modern composers and a venerable music hall tradition. Paris had a history of recognizing radical art from elsewhere: Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," Diaghilev's Ballets Russes; the dancing of Loïe Fuller and Isadora Duncan. Call it transnational modernism. <P>And so when a musical called "La Revue Nègre" arrived there in late September, thanks to an American woman, Caroline Dudley Reagan, determined to show black American music and dance unhindered by fake crudity or fake gentility, Paris was ready.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P> <A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/03/arts/03NOTE.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/03/arts/03NOTE.html</A> <P><BR>If you have not done so already, you will need to register (free) with the NY Times site first. The NY Times seems to have lengthened the availability period for their articles. Please let us know if you find that this link is dead.