Charles “Teenie” Harris; Lifeguard training, East Liberty YMCA, March 1953; black and white: Kodak Safety Film; Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh Hosts Teenie Harris Opening Night

December 8, 2015

Contact:
Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909
Aja Pecknold | press@acehotel.com | 206.351.2772

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh Presents
East Liberty In Focus: The Photographs of Teenie Harris Opening Event
Saturday December 19, 7PM
at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Event Details
7 p.m. — Saturday, December 19
Free and open to the public
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
120 S Whitfield St

RSVP: http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/pittsburgh/teenie-harris-east-liberty

Pittsburgh, PA…Ace Hotel Pittsburgh is pleased to host the work of legendary photographer and Pittsburgh native Charles “Teenie” Harris, in partnership with Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). To celebrate, we are hosting an opening event on Saturday, December 19, at 7 p.m. alongside CMOA Teenie Harris Archive Specialist Charlene Foggie-Barnett, poet Dr. Tameka Cage Conley, historian and author John M Brewer Jr, DJ Soy Sos, and musicians Idasa Tariq and Jacquea Mae.

Charles “Teenie” Harris; Lifeguard training, East Liberty YMCA, March 1953; black and white: Kodak Safety Film; Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris; Lifeguard training, East Liberty YMCA, March 1953; black and white: Kodak Safety Film; Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris bought his first camera and opened a photography studio back in the 1930s. For decades, he captured images for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s preeminent black newspapers. In doing so, he chronicled the lives of minority community members, amassing an archive of nearly 80,000 photographs in his lifetime. His life’s work is a robust representation of 20th-century Pittsburgh’s black urban experiences.

Charles “Teenie” Harris; The Davenport Sisters Band posed in YMCA, 1962; black and white: Kodak Safety Film; Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris; The Davenport Sisters Band posed in YMCA, 1962; black and white: Kodak Safety Film; Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Carnegie Museum of Art acquired the Harris archive of photographic negatives in 2001 and has since scanned and archived nearly 60,000 of his images. We’re humbled to partner with CMOA to curate a selection of Harris’s images for our historic stairway at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh.

It is such a privilege to have known Teenie Harris, and the neighborhoods he photographed, and to now work with his incredible archive. I’m thrilled to see Ace Pittsburgh fold this important Pittsburgh artist into its programming.” –CMOA Teenie Harris Archive Specialist Charlene Foggie-Barnett

About Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh hangs its hat in the core of East Liberty, pumping our heart’s work into the city that built the American Century. We are creating a place not just in the neighborhood, but for the neighborhood, drawing on the heritage of YMCA and the building itself. A public place that causes buildings in the area to become rooms, streets to become hallways. Whether it’s screening home team games, movie nights, family sports and activities, robotics demonstrations, video art galleries, or large outdoor games, we work with the community and provide a warm and inviting space for both guests from around the globe and those who live just down the block.

About Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century.

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