Expanding the Walls
July 19–October 22, 2006
Expanding the Walls: Making Connections between Photography, History and Community (ETW) is an eight-month program that offers a group of New York City high school students the opportunity to study and work with the archives of renowned Harlem photographer James VanDerZee. The students learn about VanDerZee’s historic contributions to photography, techniques of 35mm photography and how the use the camera as a tool for engaging community. The program also grants the students behind-the-scenes access to the Studio Museum and introduces them to numerous museums, artists and art professionals. Each summer the Studio Museum mounts an exhibition of their work alongside a selection of VanDerZee prints, and, this year, new work by contemporary artist Dawoud Bey.