The first event to be held in Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts will be a major exhibition and new triennial. Presented by the Wallach Art Gallery, the inaugural edition of Uptown is an impressive list that includes such renowned artists as Julie Mehretu (an alumni of the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in-Residence program), Nari Ward, (currently, G.O.A.T. at Socrates Sculpture Park), and Ademola Olugebefola, one of the original founders of the WEUSI Artist Collective,
The exhibit, which surveys the work of artists who live or practice North of 99th Street, will showcase established artists, alongside emerging artists from Harlem, El Barrio, Washington Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. The 25 artists will present work in a wide range of media. This exhibit at Lenfest Center for the Arts will be on view to August 20, 2017.
Uptown is curated by Wallach Art Gallery Director and Chief Curator, Deborah Cullen. In addition, The Wallach Art Gallery will collaborate with a dozen neighboring institutions, with special programs and related exhibitions.
Hunter East Harlem Gallery will be presenting Jason Lazarus: A Century of Dissent! with a group portrait of Harlem Artists – All of them – which will be taken in Marcus Garvey Park on August 5th, in collaboration with Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.
Uptown Exhibit: The Conversation. I, too arts collective at The Langston Hughes House with visual artist Beau McCall. On view June 1-30, curated by Souleo.
Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center present Uptown Everyday featuring artist Ginny Huo, on view August 1 to September 15, curated by Souleo.
Check list for all collaborating museums, galleries, and spaces for related programming.
Opening Reception for Uptown will take place on June 1 from 6-8pm at Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 West 129th Street, just west of Broadway. The exhibit will be on view to August 20, 2017.
In the lobby of Lenfest Center for the Arts, artist Miguel Luciano “Pimp my Piragua, 2009” – Customized tricycle with custom-built piragua (shaved ice) cart, syrup bottles, sound and video. Originally commissioned by the Queens Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist