Next date: May 23, 2022 10:00 am
James and I are reading Time and Again, the cult-classic by Jack Finney about a man who travels back in time to early New York City. Early in the book, he is so caught up in the historical stereoscopes from his girlfriend’s curiosity shop that he is briefly transported to that moment.
I thought that trope was a little silly until I saw James Van Der Zee’s stunning photographic collection at The National Gallery. These portraits of famous luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance are so arrestingly life-like, I almost felt I was there in the flesh. Although the exhibition only occupies two rooms, all walls are packed with photographs, and each photo offers a delightful vignette worth exploring.
Portrait of Harlem will be on the Ground Floor through the end of May, 2022. There are also a number of big openings at The National Gallery this year, including the much-anticipated Afro-Atlantic Histories, which opens in April.