Jules Allen Photography | Profile and Bio of Jules Allen, an award-winning photographer
Bio and Profile of Jules Allen, Photographer
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julesallenJules Allen, an award-winning photographer, currently on the faculty of the City University of New York, is a professor with the Department of Art and Design at Queensborough College. Allen’s photographs are reality-based images as well as metaphorical documents of which the primary foundation is grounded in behavior, enlightenment and irony.

Allen’s work expresses the essential truth, that a culture’s power is clearest when presented on its own terms. He shares the belief of photographer Diane Arbus, who states; “the more specific a thing is, the more general.” The artist, Danny Dawson, says wryly that Mr. Allen has a “keen eye for the obvious;” his lifelong work is evocative of the contemporary black experience. The images place subjects, drawn from the richness of black life, within universal paradigms. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants.

His aesthetic vision is rooted in music, gesture and ritual which renders American culture both locally and abroad. His photographs are in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, The National Gallery. He has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and his extensive commercial and corporate work has been seen on the covers of numerous periodicals, magazines, journals albums and compact discs.

Permanent Collections
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
  • New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
  • Agnes B, Paris, France
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
  • National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • Schomburg Center, New York, NY
  • Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • Queensborough Community College/CUNY, New York, NY
  • Overholland Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Back to the Lab NYC, Virtual Conversation, Jules Allen & Joe Lewis  “Good Looking Out” September 23, 2020
  • Montalvo Arts Center, Virtual Conversation, “How Much Of Sight is Invention” July 30, 2020
  • Kenkeleba House, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, “Visions 1020” March 8, 2020 – May 2, 2020
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, “Patience and Perseverance: The Black Photographers Annual, Vol 4” Nov 10, 2018–May 11, 2019
  • National Arts Club, “The Work of Kamoinge Black Women: Power and Grace” May 28, 2018 – June 30 2018
  • Annenberg Space for Photography, “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History” Oct 13, 2018 – Jan 25 2019
  • Allentown Art Museum,”Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History” May 4 – Jul  29, 2018
  • Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland, “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History” May 25 – Nov  19, 2017
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “Marching Bands Lecture & Exhibition” Mar  2017
  • Tampa Museum of Art,”Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present” Feb  5 – Apr 30, 2017
  • Brooklyn Museum, “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present” Jul 15, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017
  • Leica Gallery, “Double Up” Solo Exhibition, New York, NY, Nov 16, 2012 – Jan 5, 2013
  • International Center of Photography, New York Street Stories, Lecture/Seminar, New York, NY, May 11, 2012
  • Southeast Queens Camera Club, Jamaica, NY, Lecture Apr 17, 2012
  • SOHO Photo Gallery, PhotoGroup Salon, Group Lecture, New York, NY, Jan 18, 2012
  • Propositions on the Permanent Collection, Group Exhibition, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY, 2009
  • Marching Bands Exhibit, Solo Exhibition, The Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
  • Photographs: Jules Allen, Solo Exhibition, Institute of African Affairs, NY University, New York, NY, 2006
  • Imagenes Havana, Group Exhibition of Latin, Caribbean and U.S. photographers, Santiago/Havana, Cuba,
    co-sponsored by Fototeca and The Washington Post, 2004
  • Americanos, Group Exhibition, Smithsonian Institute; shown in 26 cities across the US, 2002
  • Life of the City, Group Exhibition, Permanent Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2002
  • Committed to the Image, Group Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2001
  • Harlem, Group Exhibition, Leica Gallery, New York, NY, 2000
  • Black New Yorkers/ Black New York, Group Exhibition, Schomburg Center, New York, NY, 1999
  • Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, Group Exhibition, Museum of the City of New York, NY, 1999
  • Living for the City, Group Traveling Exhibition, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, 1997
  • Icon to Narrative: Harlem, Group Exhibition, IRADAC Center, New York, NY, 1998
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness Project, Group Exhibition & Auction, Kent Gallery, New York, NY, 1997
  • Million Man March, Group Exhibition, Del Pryor Galleries, Detroit, MI, 1997
  • Hats and Hat Nots, Solo Exhibition, Drew University, New Jersey, 1995
  • Gesture and Pose, Group Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1994
  • Our Town, Group Exhibition, Burden Gallery, New York, NY, 1993
  • In the Ring, Solo Exhibition, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY, 1993
  • In the Ring, Solo Exhibition, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY, 1993
  • Hats and Hat Nots, Solo Exhibition, QCC Art Gallery, CUNY, Bayside, Queens, NY, 1993
  • Public Photographs, Solo Exhibition, 60 Bus Shelters, Harlem, NY, Public Art Fund, New York, NY, 1992
  • Songs of My People, Group Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1992
  • Songs of My People, Group Exhibition, Museum of the City of New York, NY, 1992
  • Fighting Spirit, Solo Exhibition, Delta Axis Arts Center, Memphis, TN, 1992
  • Group Exhibition, De Meervaart Cultural Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1991
  • Two Photographers, Group Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland, 1991
  • On the Edge, Group Exhibition, Henry Street Settlement House, New York, NY, 1991
  • Mean Streets, Group Exhibition Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1991
  • Contemporary Urban Images, Group Exhibition Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 1990
  • The Knife, Group Exhibition, Agnes B. Gallery, Paris France, 1990
  • Black USA, Group Exhibition, Overhollander Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1990
  • Photography and the Culture Climate, Solo Exhibition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1989
  • A Little More Towards the Light, Solo Exhibition, Shadow Image Gallery, New York, NY, 1989
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