Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story exhibit, a groundbreaking retrospective of works by African American photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908-1998), opens Thursday at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library. On loan from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, the exhibit is making its premiere in the South and is sponsored by PNC Bank.
On display through May 24, 2013, this photographic exhibition of noted photojournalist Charles “Teenie” Harris poetically captures African American life from Jim Crow through the civil rights eras in Pittsburgh, PA. Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story features selections of Harris’s most striking and historically significant images. The photographs—made in his studio and for the Pittsburgh Courier—chronicle the Pittsburgh community throughout the Jim Crow and civil rights eras. Harris captured the poetry of everyday life of African Americans during the period and extraordinary people who shaped the 20th century, such as baseball star Jackie Robinson and leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.
Complementing the exhibit is the Trezzvant Anderson: Roving Reporter and Jim Crow South archival display. Anderson and Harris were colleagues at the Pittsburgh Courier, with Anderson traveling throughout the southern states to report on civil rights activities in cities including Atlanta. Anderson’s papers are available for research in the AUC Woodruff Library’s Archives Research Center.
In conjunction with the exhibits, the AUC Woodruff Library is hosting a series of programs that are free and open to the public. Events include a lecture by leading historian of African American photography and 2000 MacArthur Fellow, Deborah Willis, an Atlanta Daily World photojournalist panel discussion, and a photography workshop for children.
Visit www.auctr.edu for exhibit hours and a full listing of programs or call 404-978-2003.
Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story has been organized by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. The exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Because democracy demands wisdom.
Woman, possibly Barbara Jones, posed next to car on Mulford Street, Homewood, c. 1937, Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Heinz Family Fund, 2001.35.7074.