Dominique Luster first became familiar with the photography of Charles “Teenie” Harris as an undergraduate theater major at the University of Kentucky, using it as inspiration for her lighting and set design work.
Now she will work to have his photography continue to inspire others after having been named as the first permanent Teenie Harris Archivist for the Carnegie Museum of Art and will manage and oversee the research, digitization, publication, and exhibition of the nearly 80,000 images shot by Harris from the 1930s to the 1970s.
“The first…that’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard,” she said. “I genuinely love this collection and am dedicated to making sure it is taken care of and preserved for the community into the future.”
Luster said gained an even deeper appreciation for Harris’ work after coming to Pittsburgh in 2004 to attain a Master of Library Information Science degree in Archives and Information Management at the University of Pittsburgh.
She takes over for a host of people who have helped curate the archive on a part-time basis since its acquisition, including museum Curator Louise Lippincott, Kerin Shellenbarger, and Charlene Foggie Barnett. Her first official day is May 16.