Springboard Design

Looking Forward

Looking Forward featured over 50 photographs of Pittsburgh children and youth, taken by Teenie Harris from the 1930s-1970s. These photographs were selected from the 6,000+ transparencies that have been identified to date by Carnegie Museum of Art. It also included several prints that had not yet been identified – although many of the thousands of visitors who viewed the exhibit were able to help identify subjects in the photos.

Springboard was asked to organize the overall layout of the exhibition, and on an extremely limited budget. Thematic groupings were defined by painted, colored rectangles on the walls, providing a visual clarity to the organization. In addition, the colors recontextualized the photographs, connecting them back to the actual, non-black-and-white world about which the photographs were taken.

The exhibition was open from April 28 to July 15, 2006.