In Our Season of Discontent, Count it All Joy

24 Aug 2020 Manhattan
Guests at the fifth annual First Fridays: House Music Edition, a celebration of DJ Larry Levan, a house music pioneer in New York City, best known for his decade-long residency at the popular New York City nightclub Paradise Garage, August 2018. Photographer: Emmanuel Mensah Agbeble (@Apmworldmag); Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.

LOCATION: Bradhurst Ave. & 145th St. | Get Directions

* This exhibition opens on September 27th *


In Our Season of Discontent, Count it All Joy is an exploration of the Black vernacular through photographs depicting gatherings, joy, essential workers, pioneers, and genius both in front and behind the camera. These images are nestled inside NYC parks, where the vegetation makes it easier to breathe and provide a respite during quarantine. They offer a view of Black life that is relentless against the present and historical record of violence and systemic racism perpetuated against Black communities.

The images on view are from the archival collections of the Photographs and Prints division.


A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay
Second Sermon on the Warpland by Gwendolyn Brooks
Nikki-Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants by Stevie Wonder

The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes

Reading List:
Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Novella Ford, Associate Director, Public Program and Exhibitions | Director: Kevin Young


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, celebrating 95 years in Harlem, is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. As a research division of The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center features diverse programming and collections spanning over eleven million items that illuminate the richness of global Black history, arts, and culture.