CUTTING A FIGURE: BLACK STYLE THROUGH THE LENS OF CHARLES “Teenie” HARRIS

EXHIBITION DATES

April 26 – June 17, 2018

MEDIA PREVIEW

April 25, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION

April 26, 2018

PANEL DISCUSSION

April 28, 2018

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BY CHARLES “Teenie” HARRIS 

The Cutting a figure: Black Style through the lens of Charles “Teenie” Harris exhibition offers a selection of images featuring the self-fashioning of African-Americans living in Pittsburgh during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Culled from the Charles “Teenie” Harris archives housed at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the images offer a rare glimpse of the style practices and narratives of local blacks from these eras. Charles “Teenie” Harris was born in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the city’s cultural center of African-American life. He bought his first camera in the 1930s. Harris opened a photography studio in the 1930s and specialized in glamour portraits, earning the nickname “One Shot” because he rarely made his subjects sit for a second take.

CURATED BY Julie Crooks