Harlem Lost & Found traces the architectural history of a vibrant neighborhood as it evolved from farmland and suburb into thriving metropolis on the eve of its explosion into world consciousness as the cultural capital of black America. By looking at the structures where the people of Harlem have resided, worked, and worshipped, it opens a window into their lives. The exhibition also celebrates contemporary New Yorkers who are working hard to preserve an irreplaceable built environment.
Inspired by the book of the same title by historian and Harlem resident Michael Henry Adams, who serves as the exhibition's guest curator, Harlem Lost & Found features many period images and objects that have never before been exhibited. MAterial chosen from the Museum's rich collections, selected loans, and contemporary color photographs by Paul Rocheleau evoke the extraordinary texture of everyday life in Harlem.
This exhibition is made possible in part by a generous grant from JPMorgan Chase.