$41.50 per person
What’s Included: An exhibition of sheet music and photos including a fascinating exploration of Harlem’s historic Black and Jewish music history.
What To Wear: Dress comfortable & according to the weather
Weather Conditions: Tours are held rain or shine
Meeting Place: Provided after ticket purchase
Tour, Exhibition and Gallery Talk
This exhibition showcases the private collection of Columbia University Community Scholar, John T. Reddick. The sheet music and other documents he’s amassed while researching Harlem’s historic music culture is rich in material which predates the Harlem Renaissance, including early 20th-century talents of Bert Williams and his partner George Walker, along with other artists of their Williams & Walker Company which included James Reese Europe, Aida Overton-Walker and Abbie Mitchel. Such artists cast an influential shadow over the evolving careers of the performers Sophie Tucker, George Gershwin, Florenz Ziegfeld and others.
”People think [Harlem] was Jewish and became black, but it was a shared community,” said Reddick, an African-American architect and historian who has lived in Harlem since 1980.
These days, Reddick is reviving a Jewish past, and I want to get across the richness of the engagement and the proximity in which they lived,… – Seth Berkman, The Jewish Daily Forward
More information on the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Arts – 100 Years in Post-Productions: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History