The Deep Deuce and Beyond

A Photographic Exhibition Exploring the Architectural Legacy of African Americans in Oklahoma City

To the east of the gleaming facades and upscale apartments along West 2nd street in Oklahoma City lay the abandoned homes and weed infested lots, of what was, one of the most successful American American business districts note country.

 

The "2,“ "The Deuce,”  " Deep Deuce,“ akin to Harlem of  the 1930s in spirit if not in scope spawned legendary figures such as jazz guitarist Charlie Christian, blues shouter Jimmy Rushing and internationally acclaimed writer, Ralph Ellison. These images speaks to decades of struggle since the Urban Renewal of the 1960s and the spirit that remain in these historic structures.

 
This exhibition was commissioned by Blac Inc., a non-profit cultural center in Oklahoma City and funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
It has appeared in several exhibitions through out the Oklahoma and is in the permanent collection of the State Museum
of Oklahoma.
White House Porch
White House Porch

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Sluaghter Mansion
Sluaghter Mansion

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Powerhouse Church
Powerhouse Church

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Open Hand Mission
Open Hand Mission

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Old Calvary Church
Old Calvary Church

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Office Buildings and Houses
Office Buildings and Houses

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Morgan Building
Morgan Building

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Lyons Mansion
Lyons Mansion

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Liberty Abundance Church
Liberty Abundance Church

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Havana a Place Out of Time
A Photographic Journey

This exhibit, commissioned by Raymond P. Silcock and Joan Wolfensberger, debuted at the Sande Webster Gallery in 2000. Since then the exhibit has travel to several venues and is currently available for bookings. 

 

In the artists statement Tarver wrote: 

Havana is lethargically energetic, immaculately filthy, an illusive illumination. It is a wonderful contradiction. For every answer given to explain Havana, there are dozen more questions. It is a soceity held together by ingenuity, floating on an outdated dream.

 

These lush, toned gelatin silver images, many take at night, have been described as poetic and are an attempt to reveal what is beneath the contradiction. The attempt to reveal a fresh interpertation of the city.

Cuban Flag
Cuban Flag

Toned Gelatin Silver print 20w x 16 h

Tin Can Vase
Tin Can Vase

Toned Gelatin Silver print 17w x 22 h

Kneeling Boy
Kneeling Boy

Toned Silver Gelatin Print 17 w x 20.5 h

Heart of Jesus
Heart of Jesus

Toned Gelatin Silver Print 19ʼʼ h X 32.50ʼʼw

Sweet Ornages
Sweet Ornages

Toned Gelatin Silver Print, 17w x 22 h

Stairs and Arches
Stairs and Arches

Toned Gelatin Silver Print, 17w x 21 h

Revolution Musuem
Revolution Musuem

Toned Gelatin Silver Print 19w x 15h

G Street (triptic)
G Street (triptic)

Series of three Toned Gelatin Silver Prints, 47w x 21h

Guitar Factory
Guitar Factory

Toned Gelatin Silver Print, 17w x 21h

Prayer to Our Lady Loretto
Prayer to Our Lady Loretto

Toned Gelatin Silver Print, 14.5 w x 18 h

Wave Over the Malecon
Wave Over the Malecon

Toned Gelaltin Silver print 19w x 15h

Jose Marti
Jose Marti

Toned Gelatin Silver Print 16w x 20h

Iron Chair
Iron Chair

Toned Gelatin Silver Print 21w x 17h

Avacado Street
Avacado Street

Toned Gelatin Silver Print 19ʼʼ h X 21.50ʼʼw

Domino Players
Domino Players

Toned Gelatin Silver Print 20 w x 13 h

Marketing Che
Marketing Che

Toned Gelatin Silver Print 17w x 21h

House of Mercardes
House of Mercardes

Toned Gelatin Silver Print 16.5 x 21h

St. Lazarus Street (Triptic)
St. Lazarus Street (Triptic)

Series of three Toned Gelatin Silver prints, 47w x 21h

Casablanca (Triptic)
Casablanca (Triptic)

Series of three Toned Gelatin Silver prints 47w x 21h

Reynaldo's Bicci Taxi
Reynaldo's Bicci Taxi

Toned Gelatin Silver Print 20w x 15.5h

Fox Earth 

The home of Paul and Linda Richardson

In the book about Foxearth Inga Saffron, Pulitzer Prize winning Architecture Critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote: Paul Richardson never met Paul Rudolph, the formidable mid-century architect who designed the stone-and-glass house that became his beloved country retreat during the last six years of his life. 

 

Richardson took a declining, outdated structure and,along with his wife Linda, transformed it into a modern farmhouse filled with art. It was his pride and joy.

 

After his untimely passing Linda commissioned this body of work and a book to commemorate her husband's labor of love. The bookis with the University of Pennsylvania Architecture Department.

 Law office at Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, P.C.

Two Liberty Place • Philadelphia

Decorated with images from the Unstructured, Candy, Havana, Ourtown, and Homestead Series

Valley Green Bank • Philadelphia

Conference room decorated with images from the Spring in Detail Series