Photographer Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris, Inspiration For Major Choreographic Work, Celebrated Through Exhibition at UH Blaffer Gallery

Few things eluded the watchful eye of Charles "Teenie" Harris during his time as a photographer for one of the nation's premiere African American newspapers, The Pittsburgh Courier. Between 1931 and 1975, the trailblazing photojournalist captured countless images of his community, sporting events and celebrities.

Soon, Houstonians will learn more about the man as his photos will make a seamless transition from gallery exhibition to stage performance during two dynamic events.

Harris' work will be on view in the exhibition "Charles ‘Teenie' Harris: Rhapsody in Black and White," which runs May 10 - Aug. 2 at Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston. Running concurrently will be the video installation "Shifts in Time," which offers a look at African American community life through Harris's work, as well as through the eyes of students from UH and Jack Yates High School.

Presented by the UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, "Rhapsody in Black and White" is curated by noted choreographer Ronald K. Brown and photographic arts expert Deborah Willis. A public preview featuring a "Contemporary Salon" discussion with the curators will offer Houstonians an advance peek of this showcase at 6 p.m., April 25.

The exhibition's co-curator Brown also is the creative mind behind the choreographic work that is based on these images. "One Shot" will make its Houston premiere May 10 at the downtown Wortham Center's Cullen Theater and will feature Brown's world-renowned dance company in a performance that incorporates soulful images captured by the show's namesake, Harris, aka One Shot. "One Shot" is co-presented by the Society for the Performing Arts and DiverseWorks.

WHAT: "Charles ‘Teenie' Harris: Rhapsody in Black and White"
WHEN: Exhibition:  May 10 - Aug. 2; Preview: 6 p.m., April 25
WHERE: Exhibition: Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of UH - UH Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard
WHO: UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Blaffer Gallery

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