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Priceless portraits

Celebrate the fabric of early 20th century Harlem through the lens.

Join Washington DC’s fabulous National Gallery of Art to celebrate Black History Month with an in-depth look at the incredible work of black photographer James Van Der Zee & his portraits documenting life in Harlem in the 1920s & 1930s. Amazingly, though Van Der Zee died in 1983, he was born just a few decades after the Civil War in 1886! Check out a cool podcast imagining the sounds behind his art with a musician journalist & enjoy the NGA’s video highlights of the exhibit [at bottom of page, photos start at 14:40].

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