Washington Heights Community Leader Unveils Photography Exhibit

By Alan Neuhauser on May 22, 2012 10:52am 

Rita McKee, a former two-term member of Manhattan's Community Board 12, unveiled a new photo exhibit Tuesday at the Piper's Kilt in Inwood.
Rita McKee, a former two-term member of Manhattan's Community Board 12, unveiled a new photo exhibit Tuesday at the Piper's Kilt in Inwood.
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Rough Acres/RL McKee

NEW YORK — The faces of Washington Heights are going on display in a new photo exhibition Tuesday.

Rita McKee, a former two-term member of Manhattan's Community Board 12, who exhibits under the name RoughAcres/RL McKee, announced that her photo essay, "STEP.PNG OUT," will be shown at Piper's Kilt restaurant and pub in Inwood through Friday, June 15.

The images, printed on 12 large canvas panels, represent "12 facets of humanity" in Washington Heights, McKee said in an email. Although each photo focuses on a different person or subject, they are all linked by an emotional theme.

"I've used local subjects, for the most part, to show the commonality of human experience," McKee wrote. "The people here are so diverse and so rich — in culture, in spirit, in action, in engagement. The people who choose to live in Upper Manhattan, all walks of life, are people of great depths of feeling about their neighbors and their neighborhood."

McKee has lived in Washington Heights since the summer of 2003. Her photography has been included in two recent exhibits by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance: "Immigrant" in October 2010 and "Women in the Heights: Intersections" in March 2012.

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