Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed

Presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art

Venue: The Cleveland Museum of Art

City: Cleveland

Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed Now through Sunday, July 30, 2017 Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery | Gallery 230 This exhibition presents two views of African American daily life during the civil rights era through the photographs of Louis Draper, a black fine art photographer, and Leonard Freed, a white photojournalist. This also marks the premiere of a number of recent acquisitions, including the purchase of five works by each artist and the generous gift of 17 Freed photographs from New York collectors Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, Louis Draper (1935-2002) moved to New York City to study photography in 1957. Being a photographer led him to "realize that what I felt had worth; that I could make strong statements about the world in visual terms and that often these images did in fact move people emotionally." He strove to translate what it means to be black into optical terms, producing reflective and penetrating portraits and street photography. Seeking an ongoing forum for dialogue about photography, in 1963 Draper co-founded Kamoinge, an important collective of African American photographers that continues to this day. Leonard Freed (1929-2006) was born to Jewish, working-class parents in Brooklyn. While covering the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1962, he photographed an African American soldier guarding the border. Struck by the fact that this man was risking his life to defend a country that limited his own rights, Freed returned to America and undertook a multiyear project photographing black life. He began with African American neighborhoods around New York City, then traveled extensively throughout the South. The result was the influential 1968 book Black in White America that strove to document a culture and also to raise public awareness of the inequalities it had to endure.
  • June 20, 2017 – July 30, 2017
  • Wed Jun 21 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thu Jun 22 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Fri Jun 23 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sat Jun 24 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Jun 25 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Jun 27 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Jun 28 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thu Jun 29 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Fri Jun 30 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sat Jul 01 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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  • Tue Jul 04 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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  • Sat Jul 29 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Jul 30 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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