Gallery 102 Presents Iconic African-American Photography Exhibition, ‘Songs of My People: 25 Years Later’

January 24, 2017

Gallery 102 is pleased to present a re-imagined version of the internationally successful original work, “Songs of My People,” which debuted in 1992, looking at African American life through the eyes of 50 African American photographers.

Under the direction of Imani M. Cheers, assistant professor of media and public affairs, the re-imagined work shows a positive, balanced portrayal of the African American community, especially during a time of turbulent social and political unrest.

On Friday, February 10, 2017, Cheers will begin the celebration with a discussion about the lasting impact of this iconic photography project at the Corcoran School of Art and Design. The panel will include Ruddy Roye, Time’s Instagram Photographer of the Year; Dr. Rhea Combs, curator of film & photography, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Dr. Deborah Willis, university professor and chair of the photography department & imaging at New York University; and Dr. Michael Cheers, one of the original editors and photographers and coordinator of the photojournalism program at San Jose State University. The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Hammer Auditorium, with a reception to follow.


Monday, February 6, 2017 – Friday, March 3, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
6:30 p.m.

The George Washington University 
Smith Hall of Art
Gallery 102
801 22nd Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue, Orange and Silver lines)
The George Washington University
Corcoran School of Arts and Design
Hammer Auditorium
500 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours: MondayFriday9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Saturday-Sunday

For more information, call Gallery 102 at 202-994-6085 or visit our website