The Attic

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    Working up in The Attic, I have the chance to see a lot of different art exhibits come through. This month, our art gallery has been lucky to house a collection of photographs depicting African Americans during the early part of the 1900’s. These images are part of a movement known as the Harlem Renaissance and I thought I’d take a bit of time here to talk about this art movement and the collection itself. 

    The Harlem Renaissance was an explosion in African American art, photography, writing, film, theatre and music. This movement lasted from about 1918 to 1937. Though artists would appear from many different midwestern and northern states, Harlem became the center of the movement. This borough of NYC is located on Manhattan Island. Since before the Revolutionary War, it was a safe haven for runaway slaves and a strong center for abolition and African American rights. In fact, Alexander Hamilton lived and worked in Harlem, practicing law. When he was elected a representative of New York, he would go on to write the state’s first petition to ban slavery. 

    During the early 1900’s, many black southerners chose to leave the South and move into northern and midwestern cities. Known as the “Great Migration”, Harlem and other urban areas provided also provided many economic opportunities. This allowed black citizens better access to education as well as economic stability. As a result, black artists had the time, money and means to create artwork that would be seen by the rest of the world. 

    John Johnson was an amatuer photographer living in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born the son of an escaped slave and a Civil War veteran. Though Johnson never had a professional career, he was able to take pictures of his fellow neighbors, coworkers and family. Not only was he able to create beautiful images and experimented in this early art form, but his photos also document the changes that were happening in black communities during the Harlem Renaissance.

    For one last chance to see Johnson’s photo exhibit before it closes, visit the Attic, located on the 4th floor of the Provo Library today between 4:00 and 9:00 pm.

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    Do you dream of making it big as a musician? Do you enjoy singing or playing an instrument and want to share your talents? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun, free weekend activity? Well here’s your opportunity!

    The Provo Library is now hosting a monthly open mic night in The Attic. Every first Friday, join us at 7:00 on the fourth floor of the Academy Wing for Friday Night Live, a free evening of song by local musicians. If you’re interested in performing, sign-ups start at 6:30 pm. We provide the sound system, piano, and acoustic guitar, and anyone is welcome to participate.

    The best part of Friday Night Live is that it’s totally free. Unlike many open-mic venues, there’s no cover charge for musicians or audience members, so bring as many friends as you’d like to cheer you on!

    This Friday we’ll also be opening a new exhibit, The Image Hunter, in The Attic, so come a bit early to check out the artwork. In late 2015, Italian artist Hitnes embarked on a road trip throughout America with the goal of retracing the endeavors of John James Audubon to document all of the birds in North America.  

    Audubon’s ambitious goal was to document all of the birds in the country, and these well-known drawings made up his book THE BIRDS IN AMERICA. Captivated by the enormous scope of Audubon’s goal, Hitnes traveled across the country, aiming to cover in three months what Audubon did in as many decades.

    The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon from Halsey Institute on Vimeo.

    Along the way, Hitnes created sketches, paintings, murals, collages, and etchings of the beautiful natural scenes that inspired Audubon. This is one of the most stunning art exhibits we’ve ever hosted, so be sure to see it before it closes at the end of November. In addition to Friday nights, the exhibit is open Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 9:00 pm.

    So, if you’re looking for a great date night, family activity, or just a fun evening for yourself and friends, join us this Friday, October 7th for Friday Night Live and fantastic art!

    If you have any questions about Friday Night Live, call Dave at 801-852-7691.For questions about The Image Hunter Exhibit or to schedule a tour outside of normal Attic hours, contact Erika at 801-852-7685.