New Photo Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art Documents Black Life in the 60s

Summer New York 1961, Louis Draper

Sun 2/26-Sun 7/30

Currently, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage has a special exhibition called This Light of Ours, a powerful display of the work of nine photographers who documented the ’60s Civic Rights movement, primarily in the south. If you haven’t seen it, you should get over there before it comes down on May 14.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is opening a new photography show called Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed that offers a supplementary view of that era, providing two different looks at African-American daily life during that tumultuous time. Louis Draper (1935-2002) was a black fine art photographer from Virginia who moved to New York City in his early 20s where he lived and worked. Leonard Freed (1929-2006) was a Brooklyn-born white Jewish photojournalist who photographed live in the African-American neighborhoods of New York and later travelled down south to document the inequality and oppression that existed there.

The museum has recently acquired works by each which will go on view for the first time in this show in the Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery. It’s on view through Sun 7/30.


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