Mining the Archive
We are fortunate and delighted to have Lewis Watts exhibition launch our “Archives as Muse: A Harlem Storytelling Project” website.
For Mining the Archives, Watts traveled around the country to visit other African American archives which include the African American Library in Oakland, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, and Tulane University in New Orleans. This culminated in stunning and unique portraits that highlight the impact of these objects/books on the history of African Americans in the US. Whether it is cartoons, advertisements, or books degrading African Americans, or early publications by African American writers, the artwork feels prescient – anticipating the cultural dialogue in this historical moment. Watts’ investigation of the archives is ongoing.