Not as it is written: Black Pittsburgh in voice and image

Date(s) - 07/10/2017 - 01/12/2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Great North Museum: Hancock Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

Box office contact
0191 208 6765


General pricing info
Free admission

About Not as it is written: Black Pittsburgh in voice and image

An international collaborative exhibition with an innovative participatory app free to download and experience. Learn about race relations in Pittsburgh through the voices and pictures of African Americans who lived that history, and explore the civil rights themes of Freedom City in one American city.

Based on an international collaboration curated by Benjamin Houston from Newcastle University, the history of civil rights in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is explored in an exhibition running in Newcastle and Pittsburgh simultaneously. The content is based on two rich collections: a collection of oral histories gathered by the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) at Carnegie Mellon University, paired with the Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris photographic collection at the Carnegie Museum of Art, also in Pittsburgh.

A free download (iOS/Android) of the exhibition is integral to the whole experience. The app contains the full content, and users are invited to create their own reflections in response to the exhibition. Via the app, you can record your or another person’s story by taking photos and adding comments. These can be shared privately and/or with the exhibition team who may choose to share publicly via the app.

The exhibition will run in parallel with the “Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice” exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA which takes place 29 July 2017 – 21 January 2018.

For the exhibition and app, we thank Newcastle University’s Institute for Social Renewal, Humanities Research Institute, and Office of Engagement. This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, Impact Acceleration Account [Grant Ref: ES/M500513/1, Newcastle University].