Teenie Harris Photographs: Great Performances Offstage

January 22, 2016July 18, 2016

Teenie Harris Great Performances Offstage  

Charles "Teenie" Harris had tremendous behind-the-scenes access to Pittsburgh’s stage and screen performers over his four-decade career. The exhibition Teenie Harris Photographs: Great Performances Offstage celebrates performances of all kinds as produced or experienced by Pittsburgh’s African American community between about 1935 and 1975.

Actor Bill Nunn guest curated the exhibition, as well as its companion show, Great Performances Onstage at the August Wilson Center, and was struck by how August Wilson and Teenie Harris were able to blend worlds.

"August Wilson and Teenie Harris brought young people and the everyday working man together with the great artists of the day," said Nunn. Whether it was a star showcase production from Harlem’s Apollo Theater, or a Sunday school nativity pageant, Teenie Harris was there to photograph the anticipation, excitement, and showmanship of a great performance. Browse through all of the images in the two exhibitions.

Hear from guest curator Bill Nunn in his own words:
Actor Bull Nunn on the Art and Power of a Great Performance

Support for Teenie Harris Photographs: Great Performances Offstage is provided by PNC. The Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum of Art is generously supported by the Richard King Mellon Foundation. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.