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04/27/2017
Civil Rights marchers pictured at MLK's first national address

Daily Mail write up of Lee Friedlander's photographs from the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom now on view at Yale University Art Gallery and in print in our book!

Historic pictures that were lost for 51 years are going on show. The photos taken by a young freelance photographer show Martin Luther King Jr. as he delivered his first address to a national audience

01/24/2017
The Critic’s Notebook

Happy to be James Panero's Critic's Pick for our recent publication 'Balanchine Teaching'!

Barenboim does Bruckner & a book on Balanchine

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum opens this month featuring gravures printed by the Eakins Press ...
08/03/2016
Gorgeous Portraits of the Luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum opens this month featuring gravures printed by the Eakins Press in 1983 of portraits by Carl Van Vechten. A great selection of our prints can be seen on view August 26 - March 19. Our 2015 book 'O, Write My Name': American Portraits, Harlem Heroes is available here http://bit.ly/1Nv0jcT

How did Carl Van Vechten—a white man from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a latecomer to photography—become the premier portraitist of the Harlem Renaissance’s ...

“We had remarkable lives, Leslie and I did. My first year at Black Mountain, I was walking down a country road, and co...
05/10/2016
Real Bohemians - The New Yorker

“We had remarkable lives, Leslie and I did. My first year at Black Mountain, I was walking down a country road, and coming around the bend was a very famous person. I knew instantly that it was Einstein. I thought, Life is going to be like this. He said, ‘Guten morgen,’ and I said, ‘Guten morgen.’ That night, there was a hot-dog party for Einstein, and the physics teacher interviewed him. He said, ‘Mr. Einstein, which is the most important, art or science?’ Einstein said, ‘No doubt about it in my mind, it’s art. Art must always come first, art and feeling.’ Life had this quality. I thought, If I’m starting with Einstein, where will it go? It was a feeling that everyone was together and was going to do the best thing. It was just being alive.”

Talk story about poet Jane Mayhall. The other night, a couple hundred admirers of the poet Jane Mayhall got together for a reading from her work at the …

"You can get away with anything as long as it works." Great conversation with Darryl Pinckney on Interview! http://www.i...
04/05/2016
Darryl Pinckney

"You can get away with anything as long as it works." Great conversation with Darryl Pinckney on Interview! http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/darryl-pinckney#_

This spring, Darryl Pinckney released his second novel, Black Deutschland (FSG), a full-blooded, bohemian, cultural, and emotional picaresque about a young, black, gay American named Jed living in West Berlin right before the fall of the Wall.

More images from Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom on Slate's photography blog Behold!
03/30/2016
A Young Lee Friedlander Captured a Civil Rights Milestone

More images from Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom on Slate's photography blog Behold!

In 1957, Lee Friedlander was just 22 and mostly earning a living making photos for Atlantic album covers. He hadn’t yet published his first monograph, ...

Haverford College is one of the public institutions with a 1983 'O, Write My Name' portfolio. The 50 gravures are curren...
02/29/2016
Carl Van Vechten: O, Write My Name – Portraits of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

Haverford College is one of the public institutions with a 1983 'O, Write My Name' portfolio. The 50 gravures are currently on view along with related artwork by the artists and writers Van Vechten photographed. Through August 19th. http://bit.ly/21w8hhh

Carl Van Vechten: O, Write My Name – Portraits of the Harlem Renaissance and BeyondCurated by William Earle Williams, Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities and Curator of Photography at Haverford CollegeJanuary 29–August 19, 2016Sharpless GalleryMagill Library Opening reception:F…

Darryl Pinckney talks to Michael Silverblatt of KCRW's Bookworm!
02/22/2016
Darryl Pinckney: Black Deutschland on Bookworm

Darryl Pinckney talks to Michael Silverblatt of KCRW's Bookworm!

Darryl Pinckney talks about the attraction of leaving America to discover how to be an African-American in America.

Darry Pinckney never reads lying down.
02/22/2016
Darryl Pinckney: By the Book

Darry Pinckney never reads lying down.

The author, most recently, of “Black Deutschland” read “Othello” early: “It was important to me that ‘we’ were there, proof that ‘we’ had been on the mind of the exalted William Shakespeare.”

From the NYT Lens blog on this rediscovered series by Don Hogan Charles:"But in the hundreds of other photographs that h...
02/17/2016
From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem

From the NYT Lens blog on this rediscovered series by Don Hogan Charles:

"But in the hundreds of other photographs that he shot, visible in the negatives of our archives, a fuller portrait of the neighborhood and Mr. Charles’s neighbors comes into view. The residents of his Harlem are fully rounded people, not caricatures, symbols or subjects to be studied. He had less than two days to shoot this assignment, but his subjects share a dignity that was often missing from much reporting of the era."

In these previously unseen photographs, the former New York Times photographer Don Hogan Charles Jr. reveals Harlem’s residents as fully rounded people — counter to the fearful perception that was reported in the 1960s.

"Without a hint of sloganeering, Pinckney evokes in these scenes a melancholia that transcends his narrator, achieving s...
02/10/2016
Darryl Pinckney’s ‘Black Deutschland’

"Without a hint of sloganeering, Pinckney evokes in these scenes a melancholia that transcends his narrator, achieving something rare in fiction — an ­honestly-come-by sense of cultural and political sadness."

In Pinckney’s novel, a young man from Chicago with an addiction problem flees to Berlin, hoping to escape his hometown’s suffocating racism and homophobia.

"Not only did Ms. Verdy fit into City Ballet; her trademark qualities also influenced Balanchine’s choreography. He us...
02/10/2016
Violette Verdy, Ballerina With Flair, Dies at 82

"Not only did Ms. Verdy fit into City Ballet; her trademark qualities also influenced Balanchine’s choreography. He used her clarity and the impressive articulation in her legs and feet in “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux” to produce what she called “something to be joyous with.”

Praising her gift for reflecting musical phrasing in her dancing, Clive Barnes wrote in The New York Times, “Just to see her phrase music is an experience akin to hearing a great pianist.”

Rest in peace Violette Verdy (1933 - 2016)

Ms. Verdy made her inflected dancing style work with multiple choreographers, including the more straightforward George Balanchine.

Another gem from the New York Times image archives. The look on the kid's face at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's right elbow says...
02/04/2016
A High School Sensation

Another gem from the New York Times image archives. The look on the kid's face at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's right elbow says it all.

Before Lewis Alcindor Jr. became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he played high school basketball in New York City. This previously ...

In celebration of Black History Month, the New York Times is bringing to light some incredible unpublished images from i...
02/01/2016
A Pilgrimage for Equal Rights

In celebration of Black History Month, the New York Times is bringing to light some incredible unpublished images from its archive. Here's a great shot of the crowd at the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom.

Thousands gathered for the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington D.C. in 1957, but the New York Times never publish...

Add this event to your calendars and look out for Darryl's new MUST READ piece for the New York Review of Books on Ta-Ne...
01/20/2016
‘Black Deutschland’: Darryl Pinckney and Zadie Smith

Add this event to your calendars and look out for Darryl's new MUST READ piece for the New York Review of Books on Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Darryl Pinckney and Zadie Smith talk about his new work of fiction, Black Deutschland, set in the 1980s, about a young gay black American who flees from his hometown of Chicago to the city of his fantasies: Berlin.

Frequent contributors to The New York Review of Books, Darryl Pinckney and Zadie Smith talk about Pinckney's new work of fiction, Black Deutschland.

It's the second Tuesday of December! As good a day as any to support the Eakins Press Foundation with a donation to our ...
12/08/2015
www.eakinspress.com

It's the second Tuesday of December! As good a day as any to support the Eakins Press Foundation with a donation to our year end campaign! Next year will be our 50th anniversary and we're planning several exciting projects we can't wait to share with you. Donate today!
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09/29/2015
The Schomburg Center

Happy 90th Anniversary to the Schomburg Center! Support your local libraries!
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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global A...

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