Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story October 28, 2011­–April 7, 2012

Step back in time and see through the eyes of Charles "Teenie" Harris. Below you will find preview images of the Hill District and many jazz legends.

Also here is the online Teenie Harris archive.

Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story
October 28, 2011­–April 7, 2012
Heinz Galleries

from the Carnegie Museum of Art:

In 2001 Carnegie Museum of Art was entrusted with the archive of nearly 80,000 negatives produced by African American photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris. Beginning October 28, 2011, the museum presents a groundbreaking retrospective exhibition in celebration of the artist whose work is considered one of the most complete portraits anywhere of 20th-century African American experience.

The groundbreaking exhibition will celebrate the artist/photographer whose work is considered one of the most complete portraits anywhere of 20th-century African American experience. Large-scale, themed photographic projections of nearly 1,000 of Teenie Harris’s greatest images accompanied by an original jazz soundtrack will generate an immersive experience in the exhibition’s opening gallery. Subsequent galleries will present a chronological display of these photographs at a conventional scale, and give visitor access to the more than 73,000 catalogued and digitized images in the museum’s Teenie Harris Archive. The exhibition will offer an examination of Harris’s working process and artistry, and audio commentary on the man and his work by the people who knew him. In addition, the photographs and many of these materials will be accessible on Carnegie Museum of Art’s website.


Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Protesters with UNPC signs outside United Mine Safety Appliance Company, Braddock Avenue, Homewood, October 1963 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh




Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Soldiers from the 372nd Infantry marching in parade, Fifth Avenue, Downtown, July 1942 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh




Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Eartha Kitt leaping though poster to launch a Citizens Committee on Hill District Renewal program, with police officer Harvey Adams, Vine and Colwell Streets, Hill District, May 1966 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh




Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Duke Ellington at piano, with dancer Honey Coles and Billy Strayhorn looking on, in the Stanley Theatre, c. 1942–1943 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh





Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Frank Bolden at left and Sarah Vaughan at right, with another woman and man at piano, c. 1950 Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh





Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Lena Horne reflected in mirror in dressing room at Stanley Theatre, c. 1944 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh





Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Demolition of Crawford Grill No. 1,
corner of Wylie Avenue and Townsend Street, Hill District, 1956 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh





Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Woman seated on car, with steel mill in background, c. 1940–1946 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh




Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Two young women eating caramel apples, c. 1940–1945
black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund
Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh





Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Herron Avenue at intersection of Milwaukee Street, Hill District, c. 1938–1945 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh





Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Woman outside Kay’s Valet Shoppe, c. 1938–1945 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh





Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998
Boxers, possibly Golden Gloves contenders, lined up in boxing ring, c. 1955 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund, 2001.35.672 Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh





Charles “Teenie” Harris
American, 1908–1998 Girl reading comic book in newsstand, c. 1940–1945 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh



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