The group exhibition – Songs of My People: Reflections and Remembrance 25 Years Later. Curate by Imani Cheers. The exhibition opening will be Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Nana Agyemang, Reese Bland, Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin, D. Michael Cheers, Imani M. Cheers, Reginald Cunningham, Katina Douglas, Zinhle Essamauh, Monique Gamble, Crystal Holmes, Njaimeh Njie, Quam Odunsi, Quinton Pete, Ruddy Roye, Jamel Shabazz, Aaron Turner and Deborah Willis
In 1989 an eclectic group of 50 African American photographers were assigned to travel across the country and document life in Black America – the good, bad and everything in between (the ordinary and extraordinary). They shot more than 5000 images over six-months. The photo exhibition titled, Songs of My People, African Americans: A Self-Portrait, debuted at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C 25 years ago.
Join us for a discussion about the lasting impact of this iconic photography project along with Ruddy Roye, Time Magazine’s Instagram Photographer of the Year, Dr. Rhea Combs, Curator of Film & Photography, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Dr. Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of the Photography Department & Imaging at NYU and Dr. D. Michael Cheers, one of the original editors and photographers, now the head of the Photojournalism department at San Jose State University.
The exhibition opening will be Friday, February 10 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. We will have a discussion from 6:30pm to 8:00pm about the original work and the current exhibition. This is the opening event for the exhibition Songs of My People: 25 Years Later — a collective that explores many of the original issues and highlights the progress African Americans have made in the last quarter of a century. The exhibition will be at Gallery 102 on George Washington’s campus, February 06, 2017 through March 03, 2017.
In 1992 the groundbreaking photo documentary project Songs of My People debuted to critical acclaim. Fifty African American photographers collaborated to document life in Black America. These visual storytellers embarked on assignments to more accurately, document pertinent issues such as police brutality, unemployment, poverty, income inequality, and homelessness.
Now, 25 years later, with the second term of the first African American President ending, what changes have been made and what issues remain?
How far has Black America come since the early 1990s? What challenges still plague our communities? Who are the emerging leaders on the front line for social change, the 21st Century Drum Majors for Justice, Equality and real Change? Who is the every day, ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the Black community? How can we continue to progress?