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A new touring photo exhibit in celebration of our new president and commemorating Black History Month opens Friday

A touring photography exhibit, in celebration of the new president and Black History Month, opens in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts' Grand Lobby on Friday.

"Rhapsody in Black and White: The Photographs of Charles 'Teenie' Harris," organized by the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh, will be on display beginning Friday and running through Feb. 21.

Harris captured the spirit of African American life in Pittsburgh from 1936-1975. His work ranged from photos of everyday people in the city to photos of soldiers, jazz legends, baseball teams and pivotal events in the city’s civil rights movement.

This was a period of momentous change for black Americans, and Harris’ pictures offer a richly detailed visual history of the time. His work is considered one of the largest and most complete portraits of 20th century, urban African American life ever created.

The exhibition includes 31 framed photographs created from Harris' negatives.

The curators selected photographs for exhibition that highlight the themes of legacy, community and opportunity which correlate with the RK Brown’s performance dance piece "One Shot," which can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Bill Heard Theatre.

The exhibit is co-curated by Deborah Willis, New York University professor of photography and imaging and an expert on African American photography, and the celebrated contemporary dancer-choreographer Ronald K. Brown.

The lobby is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and during performance hours.

It's free.

Call 706-256-3612.

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