Above image, Artist Ademola Olugebfola, with Founder/President of Community Works & Co-Curator of Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem, Barbara Horowitz and Voza Rivers, Executive Director, New Heritage Theatre Group.
Below, Barbara Horowitz sharing a fun moment with Artist, Ademola Olugebfola and Photographer, Henry Adebonojo at the Opening Reception of Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem.
Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem features the works of thirteen emerging and established artists who have played a role in creating, shaping and documenting Harlem. One of the featured artists, Ademola Olugebefola, is one of the original founders of the WEUSI Artist Collective – a movement founded in 1965, created for the purpose of promoting the African-American culture through art, along with another of the featured artists, Dindga McCannon. Other participating artists include photographer Henry Adebonojo, Tau Battice, Elan Cadiz, Bryan Collier, Sophia Dawson, Ronald A. Draper, Delano Dunn, David Vades Joseph, Ruth Morgan, Lina Puerta, and Shawn Walker. The exhibition also includes a permanent installation of a thirty-foot timeline detailing the history of Harlem.
Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem will be on view from December 6, 2017 to February 28, 2018. The exhibition will be located at the Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion, 512 Malcolm X Boulevard at 136th Street, directly across the street from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, curated by Barbara Horowitz and Elan Cadiz-Ferguson.
Related events include a three-part ‘Sunday Artist Talk Series‘ during the months of January and February, 2018 that will include: Woman of Spirit of Community, Photographers of Spirit of Community, and Art and Activism.
Spirit of Community is part of a series of exhibitions. If memory serves me, the first one was held at the Dwyer Cultural Center in 2011, and also included Ademola Olugebefola.
*This program is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Con Edison, The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Community Works, New Heritage Theatre Group, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Hospital Center and the Joseph and Diane Steinberg Foundation.
Curious about the historic WPA murals in Harlem Hospital. Read more here.