“Say It with Pictures” Conversation and Reception with Amy Mooney and Deborah Willis

Woodard’s Studio, Chorus Line, c. 1920. Black and white print. 35 x 28cm (13 25/32 x 11 1/32”). Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Woodard’s Studio, Chorus Line, c. 1920. Black and white print. 35 x 28cm (13 25/32 x 11 1/32”). Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Art and Art History Associate Professor Amy Mooney and photography historian Deborah Willis to discuss the legacy and work of late 19th and early 20th-century African-American photographers.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) will host Art and Art History Associate Professor Amy Mooney and photography historian Deborah Willis for a guided conversation to kick off “Say It with Pictures” Then and Now: Chicago’s African American Photographers 1890-1930, a multi-tiered academic project highlighting the under-recognized work and impact of African-American commercial photographers, and the 65 photographic studios they owned and operated in Chicago, from the late 19thand early 20thcenturies. Following the guided conversation, a reception with refreshments will be held in the Museum, where guests can view new exhibitions The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity, and Politicsand Echoes: Reframing Collage.

In addition to Friday’s conversation with Amy Mooney and Deborah Willis, there will be an archive overview of the work of previously overlooked studio photographers at the Carter G. Woodson regional branch of the Chicago Public Library on Saturday, led by Mooney, Andrea Jackson, Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and Beverly Cook, Archivist from the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. 

“Say It with Pictures” Then and Now: Chicago’s African American Photographers 1890-1930 is presented in collaboration with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium and the Chicago Public Library Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The project is funded by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art for Art Design Chicago projects, with The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation as a presenting partner. A registration link for Friday’s event can be found here, and a registration link for Saturday’s event can be found here.

MoCP Conversation and Reception with Amy Mooney and Deborah Willis
Friday, October 12
6-7 p.m.
Ferguson Hall
600 S. Michigan Ave.