June 25, 2014 - January 1, 1970


Writing Blackness: Harlem | Paris is an exploration of the Harlem Renaissance through the Schomburg Center collection. The exhibit was inspired by the idea of literary salons as convening physical spaces where dialogue and exchange of ideas is fostered among intellectuals and cultural producers.

Writing Blackness aims to incite intellectual engagement by making archival materials accessible and ‘activating’ the Schomburg Collection in a living space — literally, a 2 bedroom apartment in an affordable housing, educational and cultural arts mixed-use development – where ideas are exchanged, argued, and where all participants are equally equipped and invested in the conversation.

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Curated by Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf and Ladi’Sasha Jone

About The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 85 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Educational and Cultural Programs at the Schomburg Center complement its research services and interpret its collections. Seminars, forums, workshops, staged readings, film screenings, performing arts programs, and special events are presented year-round. More information about Schomburg’s collections and programs can be found at schomburgcenter.org.

About Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf

Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf is the Manager of Public Programs and Special Events at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. With 10+ years of experience in public programming, she is engaged in implementing new audience development strategies with an emphasis on robust community outreach and strong cross-promotional partnerships. A French native speaker, she is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a M.A. in Social Sciences and holds a M.A. in English Civilization from the University of the French West Indies.

About Ladi’Sasha Jones

Ladi’Sasha Jones is a curator and documentarian with a special interest in the oral histories of Black American family life. She currently lives and works in Harlem where she co-curates public programs at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her work engages the intersections of digital storytelling, archives, and public art. She holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Temple University and a M.A. in Arts politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Learn more at LadiJones.com.

Photo credit: Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library