Media Archive: Photography

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

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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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Gohar Dashti; Untitled #5, 2008; From the series Today’s Life and War; Inkjet print; Courtesy of Gohar Dashti

Preview She Who Tells a Story

Exhibition opens May 30, advance media tours are available

In Arabic, the word rawiya means “she who tells a story.” The photographs in She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World are a collection of visual stories about contemporary life in Iran and the Arab world. 

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Members of the media may arrange a preview visit to She Who Tells a Story. Curator-led visits are available between Wednesday and Friday, May 27–29.

Please contact Jonathan Gaugler:
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The exhibition, opening May 30 at Carnegie Museum of Art, introduces the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers who have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. Their provocative work provides insights into questions of personal identity and the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions in images of great sophistication, expressiveness, and beauty.

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Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars Opens April 30

Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars
April 30–October 31, 2015
Carnegie Museum of Art

Charles “Teenie” Harris photographed several decades of life in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, and was known for his love of beautiful women, big dogs, and big cars. Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars presents 25 selections from Carnegie Museum of Art’s Teenie Harris Archive, which contains well over 2,000 images of automobiles from the 1930s to 1970s.

The exhibition emphasizes not only the beauty and elegance of these iconic cars—Cadillacs, Dusenbergs, Hudsons, and Buicks—but also the roles that they played in Pittsburgh’s segregated African American communities. Harris photographed the micro economy of the Hill District’s repair shops, service stations, and dealerships, as well as black celebrities interacting with cars, such as Willie Mays representing Buick, or Nat King Cole riding in a black-owned Owl Cab when other Pittsburgh taxi services refused black riders. Harris captured them on showroom floors, in driveways, on the street, and at parties, always as part of daily life.

Also on view will be recently-digitized 16mm film footage from the Archive. The video depicts Harris and his family with their cars, and is paired with oral histories by Harris’s children, Lionel Harris, Crystal Harris Pass, and Cheryl Harris Watson, recalling their childhood experiences with a car-loving dad.

Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars is organized by Kenneth L. Hawthorne (b. 1934), who once serviced cars for Teenie and his brother Woogie Harris. Teenie followed Hawthorne’s automotive career from Esso station owner to a vice president of Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh.

This is the fourth in a series of small exhibitions drawn from the Teenie Harris Archive on view in the museum’s Lobby Gallery.

 

Support
Support for Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars is provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art.

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
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understand of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.

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