Teenie Harris

Carnegie Museum of Art
Through January 28
Various times

One of Pittsburgh’s most significant cultural assets is the Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum of Art. With nearly 80,000 images, the archive is one of the “most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today.”

This remarkable story continues with the museum’s latest presentation of work by the groundbreaking Pittsburgh photographer and Hill District native, Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998), who documented African-American life in the city during his 40-year career with the highly influential Pittsburgh Courier.

The museum has just unveiled Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice, a new exhibition pairing 25 photographs with “the voices of people who lived them.” Visitors have the rare opportunity to explore the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh via a rich selection of audio and imagery.

More than 150 recorded interviews were produced by guest curator Dr. Ben Houston. Using the museum’s free iOS App or a listening device available at the admissions desk, museum-goers can listen to fascinating oral histories from prominent Pittsburghers such as Sala Udin, Alma Speed-Fox, Dr. Vernell Lillie and Eric Springer.

The public can even add their own thoughts and memories by calling the phone number posted in the exhibit.

For more events, go here.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.