San Francisco’s Jazz Heritage Center has announced its first major exhibition, Harlem of the West…Revisited, an art and photographic exhibit that celebrates the bustling Fillmore jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s, a period when the Fillmore was a vibrant neighborhood of more than two dozen nightclubs and music joints within its one square mile, all of which virtually vanished due to redevelopment in the 1960s.
The exhibit celebrates a unique and rediscovered chapter in jazz history and the African-American experience on the West Coast. The exhibit also marks the formal opening of the Jazz Heritage Center’s Koret Heritage Lobby (1330 Fillmore St.), named for the JHC’s lead donor, the Koret Foundation. The exhibit is open from Dec. 6, 2008 to Mar. 7, 2009.
The exhibition includes two components: