Join South Side Projections and Blanc Gallery for a screening of two films about the Harlem Renaissance and photographer James Van Der Zee. Patric McCoy, the founder of Diasporal Rhythms, will introduce the film and lead discussion afterward.

Black Has Always Been Beautiful is a 1971 portrait of famed Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee. Van Der Zee discusses his technique and his history, and we witness his process as he photographs a young black woman. William Greaves’s 1974 film From These Roots uses period photographs to explore the extraordinary artistic, cultural and political flowering that characterized the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. 45 minutes total, 16mm prints

Patric McCoy is a retired environmental scientist and photographer who has been collecting contemporary African American art for 41 years and has a collection of over 1000 pieces of fine art, 90% done by Chicago artists. In 2003 he co-founded Diasporal Rhythms, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 arts organization that comprises informed and passionate art collectors from Chicago’s African American communities. The organization promotes the collection of artworks by living artists of African descent.

Where: Blanc Gallery, 4445 S. Martin Luther King Drive
When: Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm
How much: Free

Blanc Gallery’s mission is to engage Chicagoans through the arts, igniting dialogue on issues of social significance. It is a center for ideas and a meeting place for people, with the primary objective of cultivating a culture of conversation. The gallery also fosters a wide-reaching exchange of ideas through its multi-faceted approach by hosting diverse events for the public such as exhibitions, artist talks, and panel discussions. The James Van Der Zee screening is in conjunction with an exhibition of work by artist David Geary that chronicles the experiences of African Americans’ migration from the south to Chicago. The exhibition runs from August 5, 2016 through October 29, 2016. For more information on the exhibition and additional programming, visit