We are proud to announce the Huntsville Museum of Art Exhibition “Harlem, Hollywood, Broadway: African American Legends Photographed by Jack Mitchell” January 19 – March 22, 2020. Presented by the museum’s Black History Month Committee, the exhibition features 36 hand-selected silver gelatin and color photographs of important African American artists and performers taken by Jack Mitchell over a career spanning five decades.
Also included are posters, proof sheets, magazine covers, and photographic and print ephemera providing a wider view into Mitchell’s life and career. The exhibition is in the Chan Gallery, and the documentary film “Jack Mitchell: My Life is Black and White” will play continuously in an adjacent gallery. Jack Mitchell Archives Executive Director Craig Highberger will give a lecture at the opening reception beginning at 6pm on Friday January 17th. The Alabama A&M University Jazz Ensemble will perform at the reception. See the link for more information: hsvmuseum.org/harlem-hollywood-broadway-african-american-legends-photographed-by-jack-mitchell/
November 8, 2019
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Exhibition
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery annual “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition November 15, 2019 – August 30, 2020 showcases 25 portraits to recently enter the Portrait Gallery’s renowned collection, and includes three of Jack Mitchell’s vintage gelatin silver photographs. The subjects are first-time inductees and include a 1964 Jack Mitchell portrait of choreographer and dance company founder Paul Taylor, a 1979 photograph of Alvin Ailey dancer, choreographer, and associate artistic director Masazumi Chaya, and a 1966 portrait of Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett. See the link for more information: npg.si.edu/exhibition/recent-acquisitions-2
August 7, 2019
United States Postal Service Commemoratives
The US Postal Service recently issued an American Commemorative Panel honoring 2019 Black Heritage honoree Gregory Hines. The panel includes a 1980 color Jack Mitchell photograph of Hines leaping in costume for “Sophisticated Ladies” and a block of four of the Gregory Hines stamps, derived from a 1988 Jack Mitchell portrait of Hines.
The USPS 2019 Stamp Yearbook, which goes on sale January 23, 2020 includes the Gregory Hines commemorative, plus an Ellsworth Kelly artwork commemorative the design of which includes a 1967 Jack Mitchell black and white portrait of the artist.
January 15, 2019
Jack Mitchell Photograph Transformed into New York Subway Mural
We are proud to announce that a Jack Mitchell photograph of Audre Lorde has been transformed into a huge glass mosaic by artist Rico Gatson as a permanent installation at the 167th Street B D subway station in the Bronx, NYC.
A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde (1934-1992), dedicated her life and creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. Jack Mitchell photographed her in his studio in 1983.
The other famous figures from the borough’s history that make up the installation include Gil Scott-Heron, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Reggie Jackson, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
November 22, 2018
Jack Mitchell Photograph on 2019 USPS Stamp
The United States Postal Service announced the 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series honoring American performer Gregory Hines. The stamp design features a Jack Mitchell photograph. At least ten million of the stamps will be produced in 2019. Gregory Hines (1946–2003), had a uniquely individual style of tap dancing, and was a versatile performer who danced, acted and sang on Broadway, on television, and in movies. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp. Photographer Jack Mitchell (1925-2013) took the color photograph of Hines in 1988 in his Manhattan studio.
November 16, 2018
Jack Mitchell Photograph is Part of New Warhol Retrospective
A vintage 1971 Jack Mitchell gelatin silver photograph of Andy Warhol with the cast of his play “Pork” at La Mama is a part of the new exhibition “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” which opened November 12, 2018 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan. The Jack Mitchell photograph and two others in color from the same 1971 session are published in the Exhibition Catalogue.
This is the first comprehensive retrospective of Warhol's work organized by an American institution
since 1989, and the largest monographic exhibition to date at the Whitney's new location.
Whitney Museum of American Art • November 12, 2018 – March 31, 2019
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art • May 18, 2019 – September 2, 2019
The Art Institute of Chicago • October 20, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Jack Mitchell Documentary excerpt - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Curator Madeleine Nichols
and critic Clive Barnes discuss Jack Mitchell’s photographic record of the performing arts. (3 minutes)
Jack Mitchell Documentary Excerpt - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee,
and Warhol Museum Assistant Director of Collections John W. Smith discuss Jack Mitchell's photography. (4 minutes)
Documentary excerpt - Jack Mitchell talks about the challenges of photographing dancers
and translating the work of famous choreographers for the medium of still photography. (3 min.)
May 5, 2017
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Acquisition of Jack Mitchell Photographs
We are proud to announce the second major acquisition of a body of photographs
by Jack Mitchell into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.
The acquisition includes sixteen Jack Mitchell photographs representing eighteen first time
subject inductions into the museum's collection of prominent American writers, artists and performers.
The subjects are Arthur Bell, Michael Bennett, Sarah Caldwell, Glen Campbell, Marge and Gower Champion,
Masazumi Chaya, John Corigliano, Neil Diamond, Fred Ho, Robert Joffrey, Angela Lansbury, James Levine,
David Mamet, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Paul Taylor.
In 2015 the National Portrait Gallery acquired ten Jack Mitchell portraits of prominent American visual artists
including Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Indiana, Ray Johnson, Eric Fischl, Richard Estes,
Alex Katz, Duane Hanson, Philip Pearlstein and Ian Hornak.
Jack Mitchell Archives at the Smithsonian NMAAHC
Saturday September 17, 2016 Jack Mitchell Archives Executive Director Craig B. Highberger and Associate Director,
Dr. Andrew R. La Barbera attended the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s
Collection Donor Preview and Reception in Washington D.C. (Below)
Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
introduces the curators to the donors and guests in attendance, Saturday September 17, 2016 (Below)
In June 2016 the museum acquired twenty-five Jack Mitchell photographs of important African American
artists and performers, a number of which were donations. But there is a previous acquisition that is also
an important part of the museum. In August 2012 the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. purchased the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theater Jack Mitchell Collection.
Jack Mitchell was Alvin Ailey’s close friend and photographer of his dance company from the time of its founding
until Mitchell’s retirement in 1995. Craig B. Highberger put together the collection acquisition in 2012
with (then) Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Executive Director Sharon Gersten Luckman.
The entire Jack Mitchell Alvin Ailey collection is housed at the Smithsonian NMAAHC,
where a wall of vintage Jack Mitchell Alvin Ailey Company photographs are part of the museum's
permanent exhibition. The museum opens to the public Saturday September 24
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Acquisition of Jack Mitchell Photographs
Twenty-five Jack Mitchell photographs of important African American artists and performers are now a part of the permanent collection of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The acquisition includes lifetime vintage silver gelatin and color photographs made by Jack Mitchell over a career spanning five decades. Mitchell died in 2013 at age 88. His first ever cover photograph for a major magazine was of Haitian dancers for the May 1951 issue of Color Magazine.
The subjects include singer-songwriter Harry Belafonte, the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, actress Gloria Foster, singer Whitney Houston (in her first photo session with a professional photographer), dance company founders Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, dancer/actress Carmen de Lavallade, writers Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison, singer Odetta, actor Melvin Van Peebles, opera singer Leontyne Price, hip hop group Public Enemy, designer Willi Smith, La MaMa theatre founder Ellen Stewart, singer Donna Summer, actress Cicely Tyson, actor Ben Vereen, and dancer George White.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opens September 24, 2016, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and will reflect the richness and diversity of the African American experience. Jack Mitchell’s photographs are also in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Andy Warhol Museum, the John Lennon Museum, Harvard University, the Metropolitan Opera Portrait Gallery, and many others.
October 30, 2015
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Acquisition of Jack Mitchell Photographs
We are proud to announce the acquisition of a body of photographs by Jack Mitchell into the
permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.
The acquisition includes first time subject inductions into the museum's collection of prominent
American visual artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Indiana, Ray Johnson,
Eric Fischl, Richard Estes, Alex Katz, Duane Hanson, Philip Pearlstein and Ian Hornak.