Professor Magdalena Zaborowska's new project, Chez Baldwin, with NMAAHC/Smithsonian is now available to view!
An Exploration Of James Baldwin's Life And Works Through The Powerful Lens Of His House "Chez Bladwin" In St. Paul De Vence, France
James Baldwin’s house in the South of France serves as a powerful lens to explore his life and works. From 1971 to 1987, the last 16 years of his life, Baldwin's home in St. Paul de Vence was his permanent, vibrant abode and an important social center for artists and intellectuals from Europe, Africa, America, and around the world.
James Baldwin’s influence continues to inspire generations of intellectuals, rising artists, academics, and writers. The “Authors’ Corner” gives writers of recent works on Baldwin’s life in St. Paul de Vence an opportunity to share messages they hope visitors will embrace after exploring the Chez Baldwin online exhibition.
An internationally renowned James Baldwin scholar, Magdalena J. Zaborowska collaborated with the Museum on this exhibition which serves as a companion to her second book on Baldwin. From the 1970s until Baldwin’s death in 1987, writer and Stanford University lecturer Cecil Brown spent substantial periods of time at Baldwin’s house in St. Paul de Vence as Baldwin’s friend and literary comrade. Their works reveal the extensive meaning Baldwin’s life has held for many people, regardless of time, race, or place. Jules Farber, a noted American writer who has spent much of his life living in Europe, settled in the South of France and became interested in Baldwin while visiting nearby St. Paul de Vence.