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Magic of David Butler / director, writer, producer, Rancy Boyd-Snee, c1985

Boyd-Snee, Rancy

Directors (performing arts)


Collection Information

Size: Master: 1 videocassette (14 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Reference copy: 1 videocasette (14 min.) (VHS) ; sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Summary: A documentary about David Butler written, edited and produced by Rancy Boyd-Snee in 1985. Boyd-Snee discusses the similarities between African figural and black American sculpture; Butler's methods and materials; his imagery; and how his life changed as a result of media exposure. The video also includes comments by Nick Spitzer of the Louisiana Folklife Program, Butler's dealer Richard Gasperi, and William Fagaly, chief curator at the New Orleans Museum of Art.


Donated 1986 by Rancy Boyd-Snee.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Rancy Boyd-Snee.

How to Cite This Collection

Magic of David Butler / director, writer, producer, Rancy Boyd-Snee, c1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.