Oakland: Elysian Editions, 1985. Folio. 1/50. Photographic portfolio in blue linen box. 12 hand-pulled photogravures on Arches paper (15" x 19"), signed by Margaretta Mitchell, of women and children dancing in the style of Isadora Duncan at Berkeley's Temple of Wings. Duncan's influence is apparent in the flowing costume, the classical open-air setting and the graceful, expressive gestures. Dance teacher Sulgwynn Boynton Quitzow is the daughter of Duncan's childhood friend, Florence Treadwell Boynton who shared Duncan's vision of life lived in harmony with nature and who dedicated the Temple of Wings in 1914 to the "democracy and freedom of women." Quitzow and her daughter have kept Duncan's legacy alive for two generations, teaching dance at the Temple of Wings, where Mitchell has been photographing for two decades. Letterpress text pages: title, four pages of text (including historical photographs and text on the friendship of Boyton and Duncan in Oakland, plus a statement by Kevin Starr), a poem by Stephen Mitchell and colophon. Images: Caryatid (1970), Sulgwynn Quitzow, Spring Festival (1972), Weaving Garlands (1980), Come and Dance with Me (1970), Sisters (1977), Finale: Southern Roses (1981), Procession (1978), Victory (1978), Blessed Spirits (1978), Flinging the Veil (1978), Benediction (1977), Thanksgiving (1979). A timeless and lyrical set of b/w photographs. Fine condition. vg. Item #13884
Mitchell is an author and curator in addition to being a photographer. Her work has been exhibited by museums throughout the United States and she has lectured both in the U.S. and Europe. The portfolio images were included in the 1985 Oakland Museum exhibit "Dance For Life: The Bay Area Legacy of Isadora Duncan."