Lot 136 - Margaret Rose Vendryes - Zakpai Ge Joshephine - African Diva
Lot 136 - Margaret Rose Vendryes - Zakpai Ge Joshephine - African Diva

Lot 136 - Margaret Rose Vendryes - Zakpai Ge Joshephine - African Diva

Mixed Media Collage

Margaret Rose Vendryes is an art historian, visual artist, and curator. She received her BA in fine arts from Amherst College, MA in art history from Tulane University, and Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University. She taught at Princeton University and Amherst College before entering the faculty at York College & The Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she received tenure in 2006. Among several honors, Vendryes held an American Association of University Women Fellowship and was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2008, University Press of Mississippi published Vendryes’ book Barthé, A Life in Sculpture, the first comprehensive monograph on the late African American sculptor Richmond Barthé. She has had solo exhibitions of her African Diva Project painting series, which merges African aesthetics with popular Black music and visual culture, in Boston, NYC, and Biloxi, MS as well as in several group shows over the last two decades. Vendryes is currently Professor of Art History, Chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts, and Director of the Fine Arts Gallery at York College, City University of New York. 


BA Amherst College, MA; MA Tulane University, LA; PhD Princeton University, NJ  


Truth as a Contested Concept, Chicago, IL 2019;  

Women's Narratives: Brick City Blues, Newark, NJ 2019;  

Creative Mosaic: Artists Working in Queens, Long Island City, NY 2019;  

Revival: Pattern and Decoration, Bronx, NY 2018;  

“i found god in myself,” 40th Anniversary celebration of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…, traveling show 2015-2018;  

Art on Paper, NYC 2018;  

The African Diva Project LIVE!, Queens, NYC 2016;  

Margaret Rose Vendryes – The Complete African Diva Project, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Mississippi, 2015;  


SHIFT Residency, Elizabeth Foundation, NY – 2021 
ArtSite Grant, Queens Council on the Arts – 2018 
A Better Jamaica, LinkNYC Commission – 2018  
Su-Casa Grant, Queens Council on the Arts – 2018 
Childs Gallery, Boston 


About the Postcards 

Zakpai Ge Josephine – African Diva, 2021 is a composite figure made up of three different vintage photographs of the African American entertainer Josephine Baker (1906-1975) used to create this full-body image of her spectacular topless performance for the 1925 Revue Nègre in Paris. As an African Diva, Baker wears a Dan Zakpai Ge mask (Liberia and Cote D'Ivoire). She was an early feminist who aggressively pursued a professional path despite race and gender obstacles. The Ge mask is carved based on a Dan man’s dream in which he is instructed on how to perform wearing it. This non-aggressive version is considered feminine and appeared to entertain and educate. This mask, as most African masks, is restricted to use by men. African Divas rise above such rules.