Harlem: Found Ways


Wed - Sat, May 24 to Jul 15, 10:00am - 5:00pm


The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, 102 Mt Auburn St.

Presented by: The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art
Admission: Free and open to the public
Exhbition Runs: May 24 - July 15, 2017
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 AM-5 PM
Opening Reception: May 23, 6 PM
Related event: Dawoud Bey in Conversation with Makeda Best, the new Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at Harvard Art Museums: May 24, 12 PM. Register here. 




With the exhibition Harlem: Found Ways, the Cooper Gallery presents artistic visions and engagements specific to Harlem, New York City, in the last decades. Each artwork employs a distinct set of inquiries and innovative strategies to explore the Harlem community’s visual heritage as it grapples with the challenges of gentrification. The artists have found ways—urgent, complex, intense, and mindful—to present the tangled threads of dilemma and paradox, memory and memorial, beauty and poignancy, and also instances of disruption and resilience within Harlem’s new realities. Collectively, they offer deeply thoughtful reflections and provocative portrayals of Harlem, allowing us to see it anew in this moment of transformation.

The fifty-five artworks, encompassing photography, mixed media, and installation, are anchored by photographer Dawoud Bey’s two portrait series: the iconic “Harlem USA, 1975–79;” and his recent series of urban landscapes “Harlem Redux, 2014–16.” A selection of works from Abigail DeVille, Glenn Ligon, Howard Tangye, Nari Ward, and Kehinde Wiley, expand and define various emergent issues in the temporal zone located between Bey’s two portrait essays. Found Ways also features a special installation of The Studio Museum in Harlem's project Harlem Postcards, 2000–2017. Please join us!

Featuring the new Amar Gallery; along with the cooperation and support of: Stephen Daiter, art2art, Michel Rein; Lehmann Maupin; Roberts & Tilton, and collector Tom Peters. Our deep appreciation goes to The Studio Museum in Harlem (SMH).

Curated by Vera Ingrid Grant