Today marked the opening of an exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, featuring photographs and archival audio from the Jazz Loft Project. I haven’t been able to make it yet, but I’ll be headed there soon. (The show is up until May 22. No excuses!)
Meanwhile, my sincere congratulations to Sam Stephenson and his staff and supporters at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. A year ago I wrote about one aspect of their findings. More recently I posted a squib under the same header as this one, after seeing Stephenson in the unlikely medium of morning television.
There’s a lot more to be said about this project, and about the depths of W. Eugene Smith’s unruly archives. A lot of it can be read on the project blog, including first-person reminiscences, archeological musings and assorted other flotsam. (It’s good flotsam.) I’ll venture to say Smith would be proud, in his own furtive way.