Collection Artwork
Dawoud Bey (born New York, New York, 1953)
A Man and Two Women after a Church Service [from Harlem, U.S.A.]
1976, printed 2016
gelatin silver print
image size: 8 1/8 x 11 7/8 in.
paper size: 11 x 13 7/8 in.
mat size: 16 x 20 in.
frame size: 16 5/8 x 20 5/8 x 1 1/2 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
Harlem, New York, New York, United States, North America
2017.40.1
1/10
Inscribed by artist in pencil, verso, lower left: 1/10
Signed and dated in pencil, verso, lower right: Dawoud Bey 1976/2016
Inscribed in pencil, verso, lower right, sideways along right edge: 663.597.3.16

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If I can make work that begins to transcend difference while locating a common humanity that we all share, a radical reshaping of the world is possible, one person at a time.
—Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey’s 1970s photographs of Harlem present a moment and place, but in ways that reflect many moments, many places. Harlem, U.S.A., he calls the series: this, Harlem, is the United States.

Together, the images offer glimpses of the specific everyday lives of people while evoking the diversity of a neighborhood. Bey’s photographs, like Zanele Muholi’s at left, fight stereotyping by celebrating individuality.

From the exhibition: Give a damn. (June 30 – September 30, 2018)

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Give a damn.
Exhibition
Dayna Joseph ’19 on Dawoud Bey’s Harlem, U.S.A. series, 1975–1979
Essay
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Pattern by Evelyn Wang ’19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.