Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album
Laser-etched plexiglass, mirrored plexiglass, spray paint, epoxy-resin
Dimensions variable
August 2018-August 2019

Harlem Art Park 
E 120th St & Sylvan Pl

In Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album, photographs were donated from current/longtime neighborhood residents and local organizations, then laser-etched onto plexiglass and hung within the fence of Harlem Art Park. Alongside mirrored plexiglass, images depicted personal and collective moments, places, and people from previous generations up to the present day. Organizations and archives included NYC Parks, Concrete Safaris, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, The Africa Center, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.

Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album, co-presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Friends of Art Park Alliance and NYC Parks. Organized by Connie Lee, Director, Curator of the Public Art Initiative.

Art in the Parks: Active Open Space is a partnership between NYC Parks and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration with the Fund for Public Health in New York and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to activate park space with health-inspired art installations that promote physical activity and strengthen community connections.

Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additional Funding Provided by Harlem Community Development Corporation.