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The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) today announced that a new exhibit, “Seeing Harlem,” will open Friday, November 5 at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building. The exhibition will feature photographs by 13 artists from the New York State Harlem Art Collection, including Dawoud Bey, James Van Der Zee, Louis Draper and Anthony Barboza.

“The ‘Seeing Harlem’ exhibition continues OGS’s celebration and recognition of visual artists whose work during and after the Harlem Renaissance elevated the community’s reputation in the art world,” said the OGS Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner Roslyn Watrobski. “The images in this free exhibit will provide the public with a wonderful opportunity to see how some of the most influential photographers of their time captured images that chronicle Harlem’s rich cultural and social history.”

From the 1920s to the mid-1970s, the social and historical documentation of Harlem became an art in its own right, documenting not only the personal experiences and evolution of the artistic community, but also the community as a whole. In a time of widespread racism and inequality, artists in Harlem were vastly underrepresented and even invisible. This, in part, became a catalyst for some artists to seek empowerment and agency within artists’ collectives in Harlem.

“Seeing Harlem” includes works by Anthony Barboza, Dawoud Bey, Roger Caban, Adger Cowans, Roy DeCarava, Louis Draper, Jimmie Marras, Ted Portiflet, George L. Robinson, Ed Sherman, Coreen Simpson, James Van Der Zee and Shawn Walker.

From November 5 through January 2, the “Seeing Harlem” exhibit will be on view in the second-floor Art Gallery and Community Room of the Powell Building from noon to 7 p.m. every Friday. Times may vary on December 24 and 31. The building is located at 163 West 125th Street.

Additional information about the exhibit and other events at the Powell Building can be found here.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors to the Powell Building are required to wear face masks regardless of their vaccination status.