West Side/South Side is a photo exhibition inspired by the centenary birthday celebration for the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein. It draws specific inspiration from Bernstein's "West Side Story," which broke new artistic ground with the decision to explore in this musical a rivalry between two teenage New York street gangs of different heritage — one Puerto Rican, the other White, both American. Premiered on Broadway in 1957, Bernstein challenged us to look past our differences and find paths towards common ground.
In this spirit, West Side/South Side is a photographic exploration of American cultural diversity, recognizing both its triumphs and challenges. The exhibition is comprised of student photography from five academic institutions in three major cities: American University and the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.; University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA; and the Art Institute of Atlanta and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA; and guided by their professors — Iwan Bagus, E. Taylor Bareford, Barbara Proud, and Deidra Tyree Smith. A total of 54 student photographers have tackled this project throughout the spring semester of 2018 as part of the course curriculum at each school. From this larger body of work, 33 images produced by 29 students were selected for a national traveling exhibition that was mounted in the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Gallery on the campus of NYU-Washington, D.C. (May 2-30, 2018), the Beauchamp C. Carr Gallery at the Woodruff Arts Center (June 9-30, 2018), and the 2nd Floor West Gallery of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch (July 11-August 30, 2018).
No matter which side of town we reside in, or where we come from, in this great land of democracy and opportunity, there should be a place for us all... somewhere.
-Nolan Williams, Jr.
KITTY KOUWENHOVEN: I, Too…
TIMOTHY McPHILLIPS: The River Divides
SERGIO TERAN: Reflection: After Reconstruction 2
CRISTINA BAHENA: Tayde Martinez, Mario
KRISTOPHER BURRIS: Memories, Woman of Liberia
STEPHON DUFF: Leaving Vietnam
JORGE ECHEVARRIA: Tayde Martinez, Mario
ABOUBACAR KANTE: Immigrant in Service
CURTISEY LIGGINS: David 1, David 2
MANUEL MENENDEZ: A Place of Tranquility
JAYLEN TAYLOR-ROOKS: Jordan
DAMIR WIGGAN: ‘Babz’
PHAEDRA WILLIAMSON: In Our Neighborhood
ANDRIA WARD: A Civil Rights Landmark, 2018
AFIYA WILLIAMS: Southside: Graffiti Palette
SAURICE WILSON: New Orleans: Before #5
CHLOE HOLLINGSWORTH: 1,584 Feet of Separation
JOHN MARIE: I Am… #1, I Am… #10
BRIDGET McKENNA: Face-off
S. MALANDRA-MYERS: In the Shadows
SHAINA NYMAN: SAYAH (The Traveler),
SHIRIN DYLAN PEARCE: Diego
TIANA ZURAWSKI: Jules (Usher and Student), Sammi (Legal Secretary)
KIMBERLY CUNNINGHAM: Fruit Stand
JAMAR HUTCHESON: In His Own…
HERMINIO PALMA: Going To Nowhere