Picturing Me was inspired by two photography exhibitions currently on view at Carnegie Museum of Art:
Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh, 2007–2010
Picturing the City features works by nine Pittsburgh-based photographers, who were asked to record the current renaissance of Downtown, as told through its rivers, parks, buildings, and transportation systems, and brought to life through the celebrations and challenges, faces, and personalities of the people who live and work there.
These historical and contemporary images of Pittsburgh will challenge students to understand and articulate how photographs characterize a moment in time, communicate our present condition, and help us shape our vision for the future.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Heinz Endowments. 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.
Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story
Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story is a groundbreaking retrospective of African American photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998), featuring nearly a thousand of Harris’s most beautiful, appealing, and historically significant images. Harris’s photographs—made in his studio and for the Pittsburgh Courier, the leading 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: entertainer Lena Horne, baseball star Jackie Robinson, and leaders such as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
Major support for this exhibition was provided by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Richard King Mellon Foundation. Support was also provided by The Heinz Endowments and the Virginia Kaufman Fund. Support for the exhibition soundtrack was provided by BNY Mellon. Other generous support was provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Beal Publication Fund.
About Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art‘s original exhibitions feature major contemporary artists from around the globe, as well as important artists and art movements from historical periods. The museum also presents an impressive and growing permanent collection, which dates from 1750 to the present.
More than 11,000 young people from throughout the Pittsburgh region visit the museum every year as part of school groups. The museum also works with community centers and their after-school programs in some of the city’s most economically challenged neighborhoods to engage young people in art-making and critical thinking through museum visits.
Picturing Me was made possible by generous support from The Heinz Endowments and the Scaife Family Foundation Fund for Scholarships.