GW School of Media and Public Affairs Art Exhibit Looks Through the Lens at African American Life
Iconic African-American Photography Exhibition, ‘Songs of My People: 25 Years Later’
January 24, 2016
Jason Shevrin:, 202-994-5631
Emily Grebenstein:, 202-994-3087 
Andy Johnson,, 202-994-6085
The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) and Gallery 102 presents 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 Magazine’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 the 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. For more information, call Gallery 102 at 202-994-6085 or visit Attention calendar editors: Please do not publish media contact information.
Gallery hours: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Saturday-Sunday
Images of selected works available upon request. 
GW School of Media and Public Affairs
The GW School of Media and Public Affairs is dedicated to the rigorous study of journalism and political communication with a focus on understanding the impact media have on how societies inform and govern, connect and communicate.
As media undergo transformational change, SMPA’s goal is to advance both theoretical insight and innovative practice. SMPA conducts groundbreaking research, offers inspiring teaching, encourages hands-on work in the field and in our production facilities and engages directly with thought leaders in Washington, D.C., and around the world. 
Gallery 102
Gallery 102 is a student run exhibition space located at The George Washington University whose mission is to support student and faculty with curatorial and exhibition opportunities.
Smith Hall of Art
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The George Washington University
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Washington DC 20052

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