"Harlem on My Mind" opens at Stanback Museum, Oct. 25

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

First exhibition since 1969 debut at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Harlem on My Mind: 1900-1939, opens at the I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. ORANGEBURG – A groundbreaking visual arts exhibition that has only been seen once in nearly 40 years will soon open at SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium.

Harlem on My Mind: 1900-1939
, opens at the I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. The 1969 premiere of Harlem on My Mind: 1900-1968 at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was the only previous exhibit. For additional information, contact the museum at (803) 536-7174.

The exhibition’s Oct. 25 opening will feature special guest Allon Schoener, curator of the 1969 exhibition of Harlem on My Mind, who will also be on hand to sign copies of the new edition of the 1969 book Harlem on My Mind: Cultural Capital of Black America 1900-1968; a planetarium show on the Harlem Renaissance; a wine tasting provided by Gregg Waters of Piggly Wiggly, with sponsorship of the Capital Group and Gallo; and live music on the patio with swing and ragtime dancing on the museum’s front lawn. The opening reception for the exhibition is hosted by the Friends of the Museum and the Orangeburg Chapter of The Links Inc.

The exhibition was donated to the museum by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Stanback Museum exhibition, which is dedicated to modern jazz founder Max Roach (1924-2007), will be on display through Monday, Jan. 31, 2008.

Long before Harlem became one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the red-hot real estate market of Manhattan, it was a metaphor for African American culture at its richest. Harlem on My Mind is the classic record of Harlem life during some of the most exciting and turbulent years of its history, a beautiful – and poignant – reminder of a powerful moment in African American history.

Including the work of some of Harlem’s most treasured photographers, among them James Van Der Zee, there are photographs of Harlem’s literary lights, its politicians and its musicians. The exhibit also includes photographs of the everyday folk who gave life to this legendary community.

Regular hours for the I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To arrange special hours for school and other groups, contact the museum at (803) 536-7174.