The Africa Center reveals New Spaces

      Today, YIMBY posted that the Africa Center has commissioned Caples Jefferson Architects to complete new spaces within the property to support a lush calendar of exhibitions, performances, and educational events. Located at 1280 Fifth Avenue at 110th Street in East Harlem, The Africa Center occupies 70,000 square feet of the building and […]

Ezra Wube: Project Junction at The Africa Center ~ January 30th

The new exhibition at The Africa Center, Ezra Wube: Project Junction, couldn’t have been timed better ~ running during NYC Restaurant Week.This commissioned mixed media installation explores food “as a collective identity in its ever evolving state,” with the exhibition including a visit to some local, well-known African restaurants. Read more……         […]

Ezra Wube: Project Junction, a New Exhibition at The Africa Center

      The new exhibition at The Africa Center, Ezra Wube: Project Junction, couldn’t have been timed better ~ running during NYC Restaurant Week. This commissioned mixed media installation explores food “as a collective identity in its ever evolving state,” with the exhibition including a visit to some local, well-known African restaurants.

All Power to All People: Opening Weekend at The Africa Center

Hank Willis Thomas: All Power to All People, a 25-foot tall Afro Comb will arrive on the Plaza at The Africa Center in Harlem along with a fun-filled weekend including a Community Day on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday Drumming on April 14th. Read more…..                     […]

All Power to All People: Opening Weekend at The Africa Center

      Hank Willis Thomas: All Power to All People, a 25-foot tall Afro Comb will arrive on the Plaza at The Africa Center in Harlem along with a fun-filled weekend including a Community Day on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday Drumming on April 14th.

The Africa Center + Teranga Opening in Harlem

Preview programming has begun in anticipation of The Africa Center opening its doors in January, 2019. In addition to the Museum, Chef Pierre Thiam’s restaurant, Teranga, will be open every day beginning February 9th, and Portals, presented in partnership with Shared Studios, an interactive installation that allows visitors to connect in real-time with locations on the […]

The Africa Center in Harlem

      Preview programming began in anticipation of The Africa Center opening its doors later in January, 2019. In addition to the Museum, Chef Pierre Thiam’s Senegalese restaurant, Teranga, opened in February, and Portals, presented in partnership with Shared Studios, an interactive installation that allows visitors to connect in real-time with locations on the […]

West African Restaurant to Open at The Africa Center

We were delighted to read about the opening of Chef Pierre Thiam’s Senegalese restaurant, Teranga, at The Africa Center this September.  Not because of a lack of African restaurants in Harlem, but because it’s a sure signal that movement is afoot for a possible opening of the Museum, which has been closed for more than […]

West African Restaurant ‘Teranga’ now open at The Africa Center ~ Harlem

      We were delighted to read about the opening of Chef Pierre Thiam’s Senegalese restaurant, Teranga, at The Africa Center..  Not because of a lack of African restaurants in Harlem, but because it’s a sure signal that movement is afoot, with the Museum opening set for February 9, 2019. Check out their menu […]

Meet Melody Capote ~ New Executive Director of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) are excited to usher in a new chapter in the organization’s evolution with the unanimous appointment of Melody Capote as Executive Director. Read more….                          

G R Gallery Presents ‘Blue Strokes ~ Artists from Different States in Africa

    GR Gallery will open its doors to – BLUE STROKES – a groundbreaking group exhibition showcasing multi-talented artists from different states of Africa: Mamus Esiebo, Daniel Tetteh Nartey, Atanda Quadri Adebayo, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou. This exciting show will reveal, for the first time in a public exhibition in the U.S. , the latest series of artworks that the artists have been working on for […]

Sanford Biggers Takes Over Rockefeller Center this Spring

      Rockefeller Center is kicking-off Spring with a new exhibition by Sanford Biggers. The featured sculpture, Oracle, is a 25-foo-tall cast bronze that serves as the centerpiece of Biggers’ epic art installation at the entrance to the Channel Gardens. In addition, throughout the Rockefeller Center Campus, visitors will find a varied body of […]

Lincoln Center Restart Stages on The Green to Open May 10th

      Lincoln Center Restart Stages will transform the Josie Robertson Plaza into approximately 14,000 square feet of open, park-like space. The Green will open on Monday, May 10th.

The New York African Film Festival Returns virtually from February 4 to March 4, 2021

      The 28th edition of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) returns with a virtual program celebrating the shared aspirations that drive humanity through time and the voices of the women who push the culture forward while preserving treasured traditions. Presented by Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. […]

The Schomburg’s Kevin Young Moving to National Museum of African American History & Culture

The Smithsonian Institution just announced that Kevin Young, currently the Director of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has accepted the position of Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (how cool is that). While we will miss him, we wish him all the very best. […]

Get Ready for the 51st African American Day Parade ~ a Virtual Celebration in 2020

Save the date for The 51st Annual African American Day Virtual Parade, September 20th at Noon. The event will be broadcast across various online platforms including Facebook, YouTube, and the AADP website. Virtual leading HBCU Band, The Ocean of Soul Marching Band of Texas Southern University, with performances by Melba Moore, Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem […]

Boulevard of African Monarchs arrives in Harlem

NYC DOT Art Community Commission and The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance partnered to install a timely and pertinent new art installation in Harlem. Kenseth Armstead: Boulevard of African Monarchs arrived on 116th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard on August 13, 2020. Read more……                       […]

‘Kenseth Armstead: Boulevard of African Monarchs’ in Harlem Extended Through October, 2021

      NYC DOT Art Community Commission and The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance partnered to install a timely and pertinent new art installation in Harlem. Kenseth Armstead: Boulevard of African Monarchs arrived on 116th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard on August 13, 2020.

Village Preservation unveils African Americans History Tour Videos

  The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (Village Preservation) unveiled two new free YouTube videos this week. They include African American History and Landmarks in Greenwich Village, the East Village and NoHo. As indicated on their website, the videos look at the headquarters of the NAACP and the site of its first meeting; the […]

Beyond the Harlem Renaissance: African American Portraits by Carl Van Vechten in the Online Viewing Room at Keith de Lellis Gallery

    Keith de Lellis Gallery celebrates the portraiture of Carl Van Vechten (American, 1880-1964) in its spring exhibition in the Online Viewing Room. Van Vechten moved to New York City from Chicago in 1906 to pursue a writing career (he would become the first American critic of modern dance while contributing to the New […]

Visit ‘The Brownstone’ During New York African Restaurant Week ~ October 17th

The Brownstone will open its doors on October 17th ~ during New York African Restaurant Week ~ for a special ‘Sip and Shop’. The Brownstone is located at 24 East 125th Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues. While you’re there, step next door to Serengeti Teas & Spices. Check out more Events during this annual […]

The 50th Annual African American Day Parade 2019 in Harlem ~ September 15

The 50th Annual African American Day Parade will take place on Sunday, September 15th from 1:00-6:00pm. The parade will begin on 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, and will head north to 136th Street. Parade goers can view the parade along the route from 116th Street to 136th Street and Adam Clayton Powell […]

Rockefeller Center + Art Production Fund Present the Works of Artist, Lakela Brown

      Rockefeller Center, in partnership with Art Production Fund, have on view a series of public art pop-ups throughout the Center. The installations are located in unexpected places, inspired by our New York City landscape and contemporary life.

After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art opening at Wallach Art Gallery ~ June 15

After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art presents a selection of works engaging with the history of African socialisms. It features artists looking at countries including Angola, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The exhibition is the first in North America to explore aesthetic responses to African socialisms and their aftermath. Read more……         […]

After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art at Wallach Art Gallery

    After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art presents a selection of works engaging with the history of African socialisms. It features artists looking at countries including Angola, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The exhibition is the first in North America to explore aesthetic responses to African socialisms and their aftermath.

The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project Exhibit on view at La Marqueta

The exhibition Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem: The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project opened at La Marqueta this month. The pictorial exhibition and timeline showcases the past, present and future of the Harlem African Burial Ground, bringing a new memorial and cultural center to honor the historic Harlem African Burial Ground, along with […]

La Marqueta Opens its Doors to New Exhibit on The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project

      The exhibition Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem: The Harlem African Burial Ground Memorial Project opened at La Marqueta this month.

Frieze New York 2019 Extends to Rockefeller Center with 20 Art Installations

    Frieze Sculpture 2019 is a major new public art initiative, presented at Rockefeller Center in partnership with Frieze New York and Tishman Speyer from April 25 through June 28. This extension of Frieze New York will present 20 new and significant sculptures across the Rockefeller Center campus by 14 local and international artists. […]

‘A Soulful Music Celebration’ Returns to City College Center ~ April 6th

A moving voyage through the sounds of the Black American experience returns to Aaron Davis Hall as City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) presents “A Soulful Music Celebration” on Saturday, April 6th at 3 p.m. The event, featuring Marvin Lowe and Friends and narrated by Obie-award winning actress Barbara Montgomery will take audiences on […]

The Black Body Propelled Through Time at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

      The National Black Theatre partners with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to present In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival.

God Box Talk | Year of Return: Pan-African Interfaith 400 Years Dialogue ~ February 27th

The God Box Foundation (TGBF) in collaboration with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) presents God Box Talks “Into the Wilderness.” This will be an interfaith dialogue between Pan African religious and spiritual leaders addressing what the 400 years signifies, what liberation should look like for the Pan African family and whether Africa […]

Celebrating Harry Belafonte’s 92nd Birthday ~ ‘Turn the World Around’ at City College Center for the Arts

      Celebrate the life of the trailblazing entertainer and activist, Harry Belafonte, with artists who know him well at the musical event, Turn the World Around: The Music and Legacy of Harry Belafonte at City College of the Arts (CCCA) on Friday, March 1st.

‘Crusader: Martin Luther King, Jr’ Opens at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

      In celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opened its doors to the exhibition, CRUSADER: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Light & Dark ~ Portraits of Distinguished African Americans coming to Keith de Lellis Gallery

    We were going to save this gorgeous February exhibition for Black History Month, but just couldn’t wait! Keith de Lellis Gallery will open its doors to Light & Dark: Portraits of Distinguished African Americans on February 7th, and we are saving the date.

Essie Green Galleries ~ The Emergence of Undervalued African American Artists ~ November 17th

    The Emergence of Undervalued African American Artists will be the subject of the current exhibition at Essie Green Galleries, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 3:30 to 6:00pm. Essie Green Galleries is located at 419A Convent Avenue in Sugar Hill, NYC

The Schomburg Center Invites the Public to Explore Victor Hugo Green and The Green Books

      While The Green Book has been very much in the news this year, with The Museum of Arts & Design’s exhibition by artist Derrick Adams entitled Sanctuary and Unpacking the Green Book: Travel and Segregation in Jim Crow America, along with the about-to-be released movie, Green Book, The Schomburg Center for Research […]

The 49th Annual African American Day Parade ~ Sunday, September 16, 2018

  Get ready for the 49th Annual African American Day Parade on Sunday, September 16th! This year’s theme ~ Culture is Key ~ honoring individuals and organizations that have made key contributions to further the dignity, determination and excellent of African American Community & Culture in the fields of dance, theater, music, movies, film, television, […]

East Harlem African Burial Ground

    The New York City Council approved zoning applications for development on the East Harlem site which was a 17th century African burial ground. The entire block of West 126th Street between First and Second Avenues will be rezoned to accommodate a development containing up more than 655,000 square feet of residential space, more […]

Black Comic Book Festival at The Schomburg Center ~ Registration now Open!

    Get ready for the 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival, Friday and Saturday, January 12-13 at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Black Panther Star Florence Kasumba will be joining the lineup!

The Schomburg Center Celebrates Newly Renovated Space

    On Monday, October 16th, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opened its doors to present to the community an extensive, two-year, $22.3 million renovation. The ribbon-cutting was followed by a tour of the renovated spaces, now all open to the public.

Get Ready for the Annual Archtober Festival 2021 in NYC

      Archtober, the fabulous month-long celebration of New York City’s architecture and design, is back! Check out the calendar of events, tours, lectures, films and exhibitions ~ including several partners who will be hosting programs digitally, allowing visitors from everywhere to participate in this annual event. From October 1st to October 31st, be […]

Virtual Museum Mile Festival 2021 set for June 8th

    Eight New York City museums are coming together, once again, to present the 43rd annual Museum Mile Festival (Virtual/In-Person) on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 9 am to 9 pm. The day-long celebration of art and culture will feature live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, live musical performances, and activities for all […]

John Lewis: Good Trouble, the Documentary to air on CNN

      If you missed the documentary in 2020, you can watch online on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:30pm hosted by The African American Museum in Philadelphia. Register for the online Event Here. Did you miss The Africa Center documentary film, John Lewis: Good Trouble? Well, you’re in luck. CNN Films will be […]

Art Installations, Exhibits & Online Viewing in NYC to Add to Your List in September, 2020

    Stepping out of a muggy, hot summer, our City takes a giant step opening more businesses, museums and other entertainment venues, learning new phrases like timed-entry & physical-distancing, and considering face masks as necessary as our cell phones. Here are a few suggestions, new and still on view, in September.

John Lewis: Good Trouble Documentary ~ September 27th at 9pm on CNN

Did you miss The Africa Center film below? You’re in luck! It will be on view on September 27th at 9pm as part of CNN Films. Watch the trailer Here. Read more……. The Africa Center is hosting an outdoor film screening of John Lewis: Good Trouble, directed by Dawn Porter on the Africa Center Plaza at 110th […]

It’s a Virtual ‘Uptown Bounce’ ~ on August 19th

The Uptown art community isn’t skipping a beat. Save the date for Uptown Bounce 2020: Street to Screen, a virtual feast, on Wednesday, August 19th at 7:00pm. Join El Museo del Marrio, Museum of the City of New York and The Africa Center for the first Virtual Uptown Bounce hosted by Fab 5 Freddy. Watch […]

Juneteenth 2020 ~ a Weekend of Celebration, June 19 & 20

      Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Libertation Day, celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation of 1865. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end to slavery in the United States. While much of our City is still under COVID-19 restrictions, our community celebrates in thoughtful walks, marches, and online, […]

Museum Mile Festival Goes Virtual, June 9, 2020

      Eight New York City museums are joining together to create the first ever day-long virtual Museum Mile Festival on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, from 9 am to 9 pm. Throughout the day, each museum will host live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, live musical performances, and activities for families streamed across […]

Art Installations, Performances & Exhibits in our Parks + Online to Add to Your List in April, 2020

    Museums and galleries have shut their doors, but not their commitment to art and the artists they represent.  Online Viewing Rooms have been popping up due to the ban on public gatherings, and parks and public spaces have become a respite for New Yorkers getting a breath of fresh air and enjoying a […]

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC to Add to Your List in March 2020

      Kick-off the month of March with Women’s History Month and a host of related events. March is also the month for some of our favorite indoor exhibitions like The Armory Show and Armory Art Week, Asia Week NYC, Architectural Digest Design Show, and The Affordable Art Fair; Museums and galleries open their doors […]