Pittsburgh in Photographs
Starting October 29
Fridays–Sundays, 12:30–1:15 p.m.
This tour reveals how Pittsburgh has inspired photographers for generations, beginning in the exhibition Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh, 2007–2010, and followed by an introduction to Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story.
Exhibition Tours and Workshops for School Students
Through special tours and gallery-studio workshops, students can explore photographs as primary source documents, using the exhibitions Teenie Harris, Photographer and Picturing the City. These historical and contemporary images of Pittsburgh engage students in how the visual arts provide a medium to understand and exchange ideas. Professional development workshops for teachers in November and December help prepare them for their students’ visits to the museum, and provide instruction for using online exhibition resources.
Picturing Me Afterschool Youth Workshops
This seven-session afterschool program uses the compelling images in Teenie Harris, Photographer and Picturing the City as catalysts for engaging kids in discovering Pittsburgh’s past and present, and inspiring them to envision their place in its future. Carnegie Museum of Art teaching artists lead participants in photography, art, and writing projects in their communities and around the museum. Results will be showcased in an exhibition and celebratory event at the museum in March, 2012.
Members Preview and Reception
October 29, 2011
Check email for registration details.
Museum members will have early access to the Teenie Harris, Photographer galleries and light refreshments in the Carnegie Café.
Revealing the American Story: Personal Perspectives from the Teenie Harris Archive Advisory Committee
October 29, 2011
CMA Theater; Free
Pittsburghers whose information and insights on Harris and his work were crucial to the exhibition planning process share the debates, discussions, and discoveries that helped shape Teenie Harris, Photographer. Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, leads a conversation with committee members Laurence Glasco, Johnson Martin, Tony Norman, Ralph Proctor, Cecile Shellman, and Joe Trotter. Joining them is Louise Lippincott, CMA curator of fine arts, and Kerin Shellenbarger, Teenie Harris collection archivist.
Lunch & Learn: Capturing Pittsburgh History—Pictures and Stories
November 10, 2011
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
$20 members/$22 nonmembers
Limited to 25 people; call 412.622.3288 to register.
How do you begin to organize a life’s work? In the case of Teenie Harris’s nearly 80,000 negatives and photographs, capturing the history behind the pictures added to the challenge. Archivist Kerin Shellenbarger and oral history coordinator Charlene Foggie-Barnett discuss archiving Harris’s images, collecting personal stories, and making both available in a searchable database. The dialogue continues over a light lunch in the Carnegie Café. Price includes lunch.
Culture Club: Do You See What I See?
November 17, 2011
$10; includes museum admission and one drink ticket
A casual happy hour starts the evening, then guests Charlee Brodsky, Cecile Shellman, Linda Benedict-Jones, Tony Norman, and Richard Stoner discuss their choices of favorite Teenie Harris images in the “Artist at Work” section of the exhibition, and why these images are personally meaningful. Happy hour continues, and exhibition galleries remain open until 9 p.m.
offCENTER: August Wilson and Teenie Harris
January 12, 2012
5:30–9 p.m.; theatrical performances begin at 6:30 p.m.
$10; includes museum admission, program, and one drink ticket
The August Wilson Center’s offCENTER program relocates to CMA for this special evening of performance in the exhibition galleries. Join the August Wilson Center Theater Ensemble a pairing of Wilson plays and Harris images. Exchange ideas about these powerful words and images.
Symposium: Photography and the Urban Experience
January 28, 2012
CMA Theater; Free; reception follows
This program brings together a distinguished roster of speakers to consider photography and the urban experience, including photography historians Cheryl Finley and Nicole Fleetwood; Picturing the City photographers Melissa Farlow, Richard Kelly, and Mark Perrott; and CMA’s curator of photography Linda Benedict-Jones. Walter Hood, artist and landscape architect, discusses projects in the works for Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood, a subject of many compelling images in Teenie Harris, Photographer and Picturing the City.
Raising Voices: Community Choirs Gospel Concert
February 26, 2012
Carnegie Music Hall; Free; reception follows
Gospel Choirs from Pittsburgh churches raise their voices in a community concert performed against the backdrop of projected Harris images of their churches.
“Bound Together” Book Club
March 1, 2012
In this monthly collaboration with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, participants enjoy a casual and thoughtful 15-minute gallery talk in Teenie Harris, Photographer followed by a discussion of this month’s selection, Damn Near White: An African American Family’s Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success, by Carolyn Marie Wilkins.
Picturing Me Youth Program Exhibition
March 17–25, 2012
Artworks created by middle- and high-school students who participated in the Picturing Me Afterschool Youth Program will be on view during museum hours.
Picturing Me Celebration
March 18, 2012
3–4 p.m. keynote talk by Martha Rial, Carnegie Music Hall
4–6 p.m. reception, Forum Gallery and Museum of Art Lobby
Distinguished photographer Martha Rial, whose photographs of Pittsburgh are featured in Picturing the City, is guest speaker. A celebration of the artistic achievements of Pittsburgh kids who participated in the Picturing Me afterschool program follows the talk.
Cave Canem Poetry Reading
March 29, 2012
Carnegie Museum of Art collaborates with Cave Canem for an evening of poetry reading and conversation led by African American poets inspired by Teenie Harris, Photographer.
Collaborations around town:
Teenie Memories: New Photographs by Rebecca Droke and Bill Wade
November 1, 2011–February 2012
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographers Rebecca Droke and Bill Wade follow in the footsteps of Teenie Harris with their present-day portraits and video interviews of 20 people that Harris photographed. A small photograph taken by Harris will be exhibited alongside the contemporary image for a then-and-now contrast. Interviews will share remembrances about the experience of being photographed by Teenie and also about the man himself. This exhibition takes place at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown.
August Wilson Center Family Series: TRAINS RUNNING! August Wilson’s Century Cycle
November 12, 2011
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Host Mark Clayton Southers and the August Wilson Center Theatre Ensemble present an interactive afternoon full of the stories of blues people that began 100 years ago and continue to the present. August Wilson’s play Two Trains Running is set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969. Projections of Teenie Harris’s images of Pittsburgh in the 1960s complement the program. This program takes place at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, downtown
August Wilson Reading Roundtable: The Piano Lesson
December 5, 2011
7 p.m.; Free
The August Wilson Center presents a live reading of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize– winning play The Piano Lesson, set in Pittsburgh in 1936. Teenie Harris photographs of 1930s Pittsburgh, projected in the lobby, complement the reading. Directed by Vanessa German. This program takes place at The August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave, downtown.
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 26th Annual Concert Series
Fall 2012; Date TBD
A full-length, musical world premiere based on the original score from Teenie Harris, Photographer and performed by the 21st-Century Swing Band, a Pittsburgh-based jazz orchestra, will be presented as part of MCG Jazz’s 26th annual concert series. The production will capture the essence of Pittsburgh and the “Pittsburgh sound,” complemented by projections of Teenie Harris’s photographs. This program takes place at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, 1815 Metropolitan Street, Northside