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Photographs of "Harlem Renaissance" on Display

Through February, 28, 2002

The National Library of Medicine is displaying some 75 photographs by Morgan and Marvin Smith. The works are on display in the lobby area of the Lister Hill Center (Building 38A). View the flyer announcing the exhibition (PDF). (Download PDF viewer)

The exhibition features photographs of daily life in Harlem from the 1930s through the 1950s. The photographs are divided into five sections that survey the lives of the photographers (they were twins) and their work:

  • The Smiths and Their Art-an intimate look at family life and the development of their careers;
  • Faces of Harlem-glimpses of residents pursuing their day-to-day lives;
  • Newsmakers-leading national figures and issues;
  • Artists and Entertainers-leading visual, literary, and performing artists; and
  • Sports Figures-images from a period when black athletes were breaking racial barriers

"Harlem: The Vision of Morgan and Marvin Smith" is touring nationally under the auspices of the Schomburg Traveling Exhibition Program. Arrangements to have the photographs exhibited at the Library were made by the NLM EEO Manager, Mr. David Nash.