The Atlanta University Center’s Robert Woodruff Library will play host to the work of legendary photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris in its exhibit, “Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story.”
The exhibit has been called a groundbreaking retrospective of the works of African American photographer who was born in 1908 and passed away in 1998. The exhibit, “Teenie Harris, Photographer, An American Story,” runs through May 24 and is free and open to the public.
On loan from the Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, the exhibit features selections of Harris’ most artistic and historically significant images. The exhibit is making its first appearance in the Southeast at the Robert W. Woodruff Library in sponsorship with PNC Bank. Harris’ photographs — made in his studio and for the Pittsburgh Courier, a leading national black newspaper of the time — chronicle a vibrant black urban community during the Jim Crow and civil rights eras.
“He captured the poetry of everyday common experience, as well as the extraordinary people who shaped the 20th century,” said a Woodruff Library spokesperson in a statement.
Complementing the exhibit is “Hill District Beat: A Tribute to Teenie Harris,” which is a video gallery of Harris’s work set to an original soundtrack. Also on display is the Trezzvant Anderson: Roving Reporter and the Jim Crow South, an archival exhibit with materials highlighting Anderson’s career as a reporter for the Pittsburgh Courier.
In conjunction with the Teenie Harris exhibit, the AUC Woodruff Library is also hosting a series of programs that are free and open to the public.
For exhibit hours and directions to the Robert W. Woodruff Library, visit the library website at www.auctr.edu.
Photo: Archibald Hill (from left), market manager, community development for PNC Bank, and Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library CEO and Director Loretta Parham stand with photographer Teenie Harris’ daughter, Cheryl Harris, and grandson Taun Henderson at the opening reception for the exhibit featuring the work of the long-time Pittsburgh Courier newspaper photographer.