Lecture next week 4/16

Romare Bearden Foundation presents the 
Cinque Artist Program Series at Harlem School of the Arts 

James L. Allen: Artist-Photographer of the Harlem Renaissance
With Dr. Camara Holloway

During the Harlem Renaissance, James Allen photographed Harlem’s luminaries and enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning artist. When the story of the Renaissance was later written, though, his name was virtually forgotten. Dr. Camara Holloway will revisit her research that recovered Allen from obscurity and discuss the landmark exhibition that restored Allen to his rightful place in the Harlem Renaissance’s art scene.

Tuesday APRIL 16, 2019
6:00-8:00pm
HSA Gallery 
Free & Open To The Public

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/romare-bearden-cinque-artist-series-at-hsa-presents-james-l-allen-with-dr-camara-holloway-tickets-59079076107

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Dr. Camara Holloway was the curator for the exhibition “Portraiture and the Harlem Renaissance: The Photographs of James L. Allen” shown at the Yale University Art Gallery in 1999. Dr. Holloway is an art historian specializing in early 20th century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. She is recognized for her expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, Critical Race Art History, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.  Dr. Holloway’s research centers on modernism and photography within the circum-Atlantic world, paying special attention to the impact of race on art and aesthetics. In addition to her ongoing research on Allen, she is developing an exhibition about the influence of Africa on fashion and a project about blacks who went to London during the Jazz Age.

ABOUT THE ROMARE BEARDEN FOUNDATION CINQUE SERIES
In the spirit and legacy of the Cinque Gallery, founded by artists Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis and Ernest Crichlow, the Cinque Artist Program aims to continue the ideal of artists gathering to exchange information, advice and resources from their experiences. These programs are geared to adult artists, students, and enthusiasts, and are presented free and open to the public. 

For more information: info@beardenfoundation.org 

This program is part of the centennial celebration of the Harlem Renaissance www.HarlemRen100.org

Coming this fall: “Say It with Pictures”

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Organizers Amy Mooney and Deborah Willis have kindly invited me to participate in this project on black photographers in Chicago in the early 20th century.

Check it out on social media @sayitwithpics and @sayitwithpicsthenandnow and see more at sayitwithpictures.org

“THROUGH A LENS DARKLY” to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

I am supposed to appear as a talking head in this documentary about black photography.

Epic Documentary is First Film to Examine the Role of Black Photographers in Shaping Identity of African Americans from Slavery to the Present

Award-winning filmmaker/director/producer Thomas Allen Harris’ recently completed documentary film, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE, will make its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. This epic film, about contemporary artists and scholars probing the recesses of the American dream by interrogating images of stories suppressed, forgotten and lost, is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. The film brings to light previously hidden and largely unknown images by both professional and vernacular African American photographers which add to our understanding of history by providing a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of Black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon.

“My whole team and I are extremely excited and humbled by this honor,” says Thomas Allen Harris. “Inspired by the work of our co-producer Deborah Willis, this project has been ten years in the making. We’re looking forward to audiences experiencing this incredible content, much of which has never been seen before.”

Harlem Streets In The 1930’s (video)

Father Divine, The March of Time, Harlem, 1930’s (video)

Madam C. J. Walker Beauty Shoppe, Harlem

“Exile” With The Connie’s Inn Chorus Line, 1930’s (Videos)

Leonard Harper Transformed Harlem, 1920’s

Man And Women Harlem Style, 1920’s

The Hobby Horse

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This empty lot at 205 West 136th Street is the site of a former bookstore and cafe that catered to the black avant-garde. I just learned that my great-aunt went there back in the day. So thrilling!