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NIGHTIME Party Kicks off LIGHTIME Photography Programming

Contact:
Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org  | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Pittsburgh, PA…On September 9, 2016, a special event, NIGHTIME, celebrates the launch of LIGHTIME, a new year-long cycle of extraordinary programming from Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative. The party features the unveiling of a unique public photographic installation that measures and visualizes time itself, 9 hours of music, and art & photography activities throughout the museum.

NIGHTIME
September 9–10, 7 p.m.–4 a.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Tickets are available, $10–$25

NIGHTIME kicks off the Initiative’s LIGHTIME, where artists activate photography’s measurement of light and time to investigate contemporary social issues. We take our cues from theorist Roland Barthes, who observed that “cameras…were clocks for seeing.”

“For me the noise of Time is not sad: I love bells, clocks, watches — and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras, in short, were clocks for seeing, and perhaps in me someone very old still hears in the photographic mechanism the living sound of the wood.”

–Roland Barthes, from Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

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Charles "Teenie" Harris, "Two men, including police officer Sidney Wilson on right, assisting centenarian Duke Finch out of polling place," c. 1945-1950
black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Teenie Harris Photographs: Elections

Teenie Harris Photographs: Elections
August 13, 2016–December 5, 2016
Carnegie Museum of Art

Charles "Teenie" Harris, "Vice President Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon greeting crowd from car, including Harold Irwin, Centre Avenue, Hill District," October 1960, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, “Vice President Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon greeting crowd from car, including Harold Irwin, Centre Avenue, Hill District,” October 1960, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris’s work brought him into frequent contact with the political process. As a photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, Teenie shot candidates and rallies, activists and polling places. He documented those organizing around the Voting Rights Act, which went into effect August 6, 1965, prohibiting racial discrimination in the nation’s voting process.

Opening August 13, Teenie Harris Photographs: Elections brings together three eminent guest curators to reflect upon Harris’s work covering elections, looking toward the presidential elections this fall. They include Harold Hayes, former KDKA news reporter; Michael Keaton, actor and political activist; and Pittsburgh City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, whose District 6 includes Downtown Pittsburgh, the Hill District, and parts of Oakland and the North Side.

“I’m honored to be part of the guest curator team for the Teenie Harris Photographs: Elections. As a teenager, I remember Teenie taking pictures for the Courier, covering the Frogs Club social events, and how he’d take that one shot and, with a flair, pop out that used flashbulb and throw it in his pocket. By the time I got to KDKA Teenie had retired, but still on shot events occasion. I was always in awe of his skill. In reviewing part of his vast collection, I’m even more of a fan.”
—Harold Hayes, former KDKA News anchor

“I grew up and got my start in Pittsburgh during a time when Teenie Harris was active, and he is one of my favorite photographers. What I find most impressive is the way he worked as an insider, documenting the communities around him, particularly the political struggles of African Americans during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Voting rights gains made during this time are under threat across the country, so I jumped at the opportunity to look at this critical issue through Teenie’s lens.”
—Michael Keaton, actor and activist

“I enjoy viewing Teenie Harris’s photos because they provide me with a lens into how great our community once was. They inspire me, as a City Councilman, to ensure that greatness is restored. On a more personal note, I have two of Teenie’s photos that he signed and gave to my grandfather hanging on the wall in my office. They serve as a constant reminder of the importance of my work.”
—R. Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh City Councilman

Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh’s African American community from ca. 1935 to ca. 1975. His archive of over 70,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today. Purchased by Carnegie Museum of Art in 2001, the Teenie Harris Archive was established to preserve Harris’s important photographic work for future generations. For more information, visit teenie.cmoa.org. You can also read essays inspired by the social, cultural, and political content of Harris’s photographs at blog.cmoa.org.

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General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our world-class collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

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Teenie Harris Archivist Appointed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 12, 2016

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Teenie Harris Archivist Appointed
Dominique Luster joins CMOA as first archivist to hold endowed position

Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist, Photo: Bryan Conley, Carnegie Museum of Art

Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist, Photo: Bryan Conley, Carnegie Museum of Art

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art announces the appointment of Dominique Luster to the newly created position of Teenie Harris Archivist. Working with CMOA curatorial and education staff, Luster will manage and oversee the research, digitization, publication, and exhibition of the more than 70,000 images shot by Charles “Teenie” Harris from the 1930s to 1970s.

Luster studied Theatre Design and Technology at the University of Kentucky before moving to Pittsburgh to pursue her MLIS in Archives and Information Management at the University of Pittsburgh. “I was well aware of Teenie Harris as this legendary figure, a great photographer of the 20th-century black experience,” she said. “Moving to Pittsburgh, I saw a whole new dimension of Teenie, as a member of his community. Someone people remember, whose photographs they cherish.” Currently, she is Liaison Librarian for University of Pittsburgh Library System.

The central objective of this position is to increase and improve discoverability and accessibility of Harris’s work. Luster envisions international reach and programming for the Teenie Harris Archive. She plans to improve image metadata to assist in searches and develop a finding aid for the entire collection to aid researchers worldwide. “The Archive needs greater online access, and I will work to ensure that the full extent of its resources are made available online in a more searchable, structured format.” Other tasks ahead include working with the Harris negatives that have yet to be scanned and published online. Numbering over 10,000 images, they span the ’60s and ’70s, and include color images.

Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist, Photo: Bryan Conley, Carnegie Museum of Art

Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist, Photo: Bryan Conley, Carnegie Museum of Art

“As steward of the Teenie Harris Archive, the museum has an ongoing responsibility to research Harris’s unique and rich body of work, and make it available to scholars and a broad public. Luster’s position insures that this important work will continue” said Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of CMOA. “A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and support from the foundations and individuals who matched it, made her position possible, and we are extremely grateful.”

Curator Louise Lippincott, who brought the Teenie Harris Archive to the museum’s collection, said “Dominique will carry on the great work of Kerin Shellenbarger and so many others who have created this powerful archive of images and memories. I am delighted that we have been able to create a permanent, fully endowed position that guarantees the future of Teenie Harris’s art.”

Charles “Teenie” Harris produced more than 70,000 images of Pittsburgh’s African American community as a photographer for the influential Pittsburgh Courier and as a freelancer. The photographs, taken from the 1930s to the 1970s, capture a period of momentous change for black Americans, and depict a black urban community that, in spite of segregationist policies and attitudes of midcentury America, was innovative, thriving, and proud. The museum acquired these negatives in 2001 from the Harris estate, and established the Teenie Harris Archive soon afterward.

The Teenie Harris Archivist position is endowed, made possible by an ambitious, $300,000 challenge grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the foundations and individuals who matched it.

Generous institutional support was provided by:
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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
New Monuments Golf Club
Massey Charitable Trust
PNC Foundation

An exceptionally dedicated group of individuals also lent their support to this project:

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Margot M. Flood
Richard V. Gambrell
Nancy and Milton Washington
Donna Hollen-Bolmgren Bequest
Judith and Ron Davenport
Cecile M. and Eric Springer
Charles Harris
Clyde B. Jones III

Luster joins CMOA on May 16, 2016.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our world-class collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh’s African American community from the 1930s to 1970s. The Teenie Harris Archive of more than 70,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

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Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Exhibition includes photographs from all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups
July 23, 2016–February 7, 2017
Gallery One, Carnegie Museum of Art

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups brings together nearly 100 photographs from the collections of all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh for the very first time. Opening in Gallery One at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), the exhibition explores how photographers throughout history have used multiple images to create narratives or explore subjects more deeply than is possible with a single picture. Organized around themes of People, Place, and Perspective, Strength in Numbers showcases work from Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Carnegie Science Center. Together, the collections from these institutions illustrate how powerful photography can be when displayed in groups.

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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.

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