Exhibit: Hapi Truh
Photographs from the Nile River Valley by Joel Mackall
“Hapi Truh” links together Afro-Boston life with the Nile river valley through photographs, video and notes.
Investigating photography’s transformative power and its role in contributing to collective memories. The exhibition celebrates photography both as an art form and as a social, cultural, and political force. Presenting 150 highlights from the Howard Greenberg Collection of Photographs—a group of 446 images recently acquired by the MFA—the exhibition showcases the collection’s breadth.
A passionate and discerning figure in the field, Howard Greenberg is a former photographer, a gallery dealer, a strong advocate for artists, and, above all, a connoisseur who spent decades putting together this collection of significant 20th-century prints by many of the era’s most notable photographers. Works range from European modernist masterpieces from the 1920s and ’30s to socially conscious works such as powerful visual testimonies of Depression-era America, politically engaged street photography, wartime photojournalism, and compelling depictions of African American life from the 1930s through the Civil Rights movement. Beginning with a selection of Greenberg’s particular favorites, photographs in “Viewpoints” are divided into seven themes: Capturing Modernism; Picturing the City; Conflicts and Crises; Bearing Witness; Fleeting Moments; Defining Portraits; and Music, Fashion, and Celebrity.
“Viewpoints” highlights the material properties of these exceptional prints, many the earliest or first ever or only print made of an image, or the best existing example, presenting an unparalleled opportunity for close looking at this exceptional collection.
Among the many photographers represented are Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Consuelo Kanaga, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Edward Steichen, and Weegee. Together, the works on view demonstrate the emotive power of the camera and the photographic print.
DATE: February 27, 2019
Meet at the main entrance of the museum at 465 Huntington Ave. at 6:25pm
$15.00 per adult, children under 14 free
About Bro. Joel
Bro. Joel Mackall is an award winning Educator & Project Developer with the ReIdren Business Group based in Roxbury MA. He was the co-founder of the SOS Living Museum, the Hidden History of Black Boston Tours, the Nubian Writer's Group and is a self-published author. He has also served as secretary of the Cameroonians of Lowell Association, as an officer on the Warren Gardens Housing Cooperative board, on the advisory council of the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity and as a technology chairperson with the Black Community Information Center.
Bro. Joel presented "Excellence AND Culture: Operating Your Cooperative Better, Simpler and Truer" at the National Association of Housing Cooperatives Annual Conference in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and "Why Do We Black Folks Hate On Each Other?" at the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations' Ancient Egyptian Studies Conference in Newark, NJ. He has led/facilitated numerous professional workshops in Greater Boston on topics including genealogy, African & world history , business design and technology at the Freedom House, Mother Caroline Academy, Warren Gardens, Roxbury Multi-Service Center, Roxbury Community College, Emerson College, Lesley College, South Bay House of Correction, almost all of the BPL neighborhood branches and Walden Square Technology Center (north Cambridge), in both English and Spanish. (smile).
In July 2019, Bro. Joel participated in the Kemet Nu “Know thyself” Tour run by Ashra and Merira Kwesi (link). During this 14 day tour he amassed over 1,200 photograph and video files. With the proceeds of the exhibit, he is working to curate them in a photography book, and on social media here: