In 1979, artist Romare Bearden created a series of 21 collages for a dance that he hoped would be choreographed and performed by Alvin Ailey, which it never was. Bayou Fever is an artistic achievement nonetheless, representing African-American traditions, particularly as they pertain to the Louisiana bayou, the Caribbean and North America as a whole. The vibrant, colorful collages tell a story about the struggle between good and evil, and as is characteristic of Bearden’s work, images of powerful women are a central theme.
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"Mecklenburg Autumn: Heat Lightning Eastward" (1983), by Romare Bearden. Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York.