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“Ralph Ellison: The Man and His Records” Exhibition Opening
On the centennial of his birth, we are proud to open a new exhibition, “Ralph Ellison: The Man and His Records." An interactive kiosk containing new interviews, film clips, and other media that amplify Ellison’s achievements is surrounded by a large exhibit space containing hundreds of images imaginatively merged with Ellison’s text that bring his work vividly to life. A core element of the exhibit is Ellison’s collection of recordings that informed all of his work, specifically Invisible Man. Todd Bryant Weeks secured the Ellison's collection of recordings (including the ones he listened to while writing Invisible Man for the NJMH in 2007, for which we remain in his debt. The exhibit was curated by a team of Ellison experts: Stanley Crouch, Professor Robert G. O’Meally and Paul Devlin, the NJMH’s Artistic Director Loren Schoenberg and Archivist Ryan Maloney. Also curating and designing the exhibit was Tad Hershorn, Archivist at The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.