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Carl Van Vechten
Novelist, essayist, and photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) promoted the work of African-American artists and writers. He was most notably associated with the Harlem Renaissance, the artistic, literary, and musical movement of the 1920s. The City Museum is proud to exhibit a selection of Van Vechten’s photographs from its collection in conjunction with the 26th anniversary of New York City History Day and to highlight its theme, “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” As a result of the “Great Migration,” Harlem became the largest African-American community in the United States, providing black artists a place to gather and express themselves on the world’s stage. Among the figures featured in the exhibition are poet Langston Hughes, writer Countée Cullen, and performers Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Robinson.
Italian fountain from Lago di Como, Bronx Zoo.

Italian fountain from Lago di Como, Bronx Zoo.


Lady in Bonwit Teller's window.

Lady in Bonwit Teller's window.

Mannequin in dress, with flowers in hair and on sleeves. Reflections visible in glass.

Sunbath on the Drive.

Sunbath on the Drive.

Boy laying in the street by the Maine Monument.

Negro Elks Parade.

Negro Elks Parade.

Drummer from a marching band in the Negro Elks parade.

Remains of brownstone, West 58th Street.

Remains of brownstone, West 58th Street.

Part of the shell of a brownstone.

"The American Way", brown stone facades, West 58th Street.

"The American Way", brown stone facades, West 58th Street.

A mostly demolished brownstone.

August Pingpank's Barber Shop.

August Pingpank's Barber Shop.

Facade of August Pingpank's barber shop.

St. Patrick's steps.

St. Patrick's steps.

Stairs outside St. Patrick's.

Italian street band.

Italian street band.


Demolishing the Sixth Avenue elevated.

Demolishing the Sixth Avenue elevated.


Help China!

Help China!

Banner soliciting money for United China Relief.

View from my dentist's window, 140 East 54th Street.

View from my dentist's window, 140 East 54th Street.


View from Romaine Brook's Goddard's bedroom in Carnegie Hall.

View from Romaine Brook's Goddard's bedroom in Carnegie Hall.


Trinity Churchyard.

Trinity Churchyard.


Children at the bear's pit.

Children at the bear's pit.

Children at the bear pit in the Prospect Park Zoo.

British sailors, Central Park.

British sailors, Central Park.


Lotte Lenya.

Lotte Lenya.

The Austrian performer.

Billy Dee Williams in "A Taste of Honey".

Billy Dee Williams in "A Taste of Honey".


George Shirley of the Metropolitan Opera.

George Shirley of the Metropolitan Opera.


Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, with a foutain and pigeons in the foreground.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

A small man-made pond with lilypads; crowds of people can be seen in the background.

Negro Elks Parade, Brooklyn.

Negro Elks Parade, Brooklyn.


Donald Madden as Hamlet.

Donald Madden as Hamlet.


Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

French ballerina Violette Verdy in George Balanchine's "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

French ballerina Violette Verdy in George Balanchine's "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

French ballerina Violette Verdy in George Balanchine's "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

French ballerina Violette Verdy in George Balanchine's "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

French ballerina Violette Verdy in George Balanchine's "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

French ballerina Violette Verdy in George Balanchine's "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

French ballerina Violette Verdy in George Balanchine's "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

Violette Verdy in "Serenade".

French ballerina Violette Verdy in George Balanchine's "Serenade".

Hernán Baldrich of Chile in a dance called "At the Beach".

Hernán Baldrich of Chile in a dance called "At the Beach".


Hernán Baldrich of Chile in a dance called "At the Beach".

Hernán Baldrich of Chile in a dance called "At the Beach".


Lili Darvas as the fortune teller in "Cheri".

Lili Darvas as the fortune teller in "Cheri".


Donald Madden as Hamlet.

Donald Madden as Hamlet.


Donald Madden as Hamlet.

Donald Madden as Hamlet.


Donald Madden as Hamlet.

Donald Madden as Hamlet.


Donald Madden as Hamlet.

Donald Madden as Hamlet.


Donald Madden as Hamlet.

Donald Madden as Hamlet.


Donald Madden as Hamlet.

Donald Madden as Hamlet.


Donald Madden as Hamlet.

Donald Madden as Hamlet.


Donald Madden as Hamlet.

Donald Madden as Hamlet.


Claude Thompson in "Jamaica," scene I.

Claude Thompson in "Jamaica," scene I.


Claude Thompson in "Jamaica".

Claude Thompson in "Jamaica".


Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".

Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".


Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".

Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".


Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".

Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".


Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".

Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".


Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".

Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".


Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".

Paul Muni in "Counsellor-at-Law".


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