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MAC Art Show: Big French Dance – A Documentary Exhibit

June 3 @ 5:00 pm June 26 @ 4:00 pm

Media Arts Council is proud to present Big French Dance – a documentary project in photos and music.

Big French Dance will be in the Jasper Street Room June 3 to 26. We will have an opening reception Friday, June 3 from 5-7, and Ron and Fay will speak at 5:45. Copies of their book will be on sale.

Join us the following day for The Jasper Street Jam: Cajun Music Festival, where MAC is hosting an outdoor music festival of Cajun music.

From the website for Big French Dance

The Rebirth of a Music Documentary Project

RON AND FAY STANFORD lived in southwest Louisiana for two years, from 1972 to 1974, with the goal of documenting regional French music. They produced an LP record, J’Étais au Bal, Music from French Louisiana, with extensive liner notes and photographs, then moved on. 

Forty-two years after the project ended in 2016, Ron rediscovered his old box of negatives from Louisiana. With the benefit of digital technology, he started scanning them and making large prints. “Seeing my pictures in high resolution for the first time, I was led back into that musical world in which I had seen and heard things strange and wonderful.” 

Big French Dance is an unexpected time capsule of Louisiana life.

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