The group recreates the history of Harlem in Albany
Black Dimensions in Art curated and brought together creatives from the African Diaspora to recreate the iconic 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem”. The group has celebrated and supported black artists for nearly 50 years and organized the recreated photo at the Stephen and Harriet Myers residence in Arbor Hill.
The original photograph was captured by Art Kane in Harlem, featuring jazz musicians. The photo has since been reproduced numerous times and now by black creatives in the Capital Region.
“Today brings me joy,” said multidisciplinary artist D.Colin. “This photo, this photo, seeing black people celebrating together, it gives me great joy. It brings me joy when people come up to me and say, “You know, I feel seen in that poem you shared, or in that painting. It gives me the impression of being seen.
It was the intention of the organization Black Dimensions in Art to give those who are rarely heard or seen a chance to be heard and honored so that they are represented and celebrated.
In the mid-1850s, the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence served as the headquarters for Underground Railroad activity in the capital region. The site is now an underground education center offering tours and artifacts on display. For more information, visit UndergroundRailroadHistory.org.