Apollo’s Victoria Theater Gallery to Open with ‘From The Victoria to The Village: A Visual History of Black Creative Spaces’

 

 

 

Celebrate the opening of The Apollo’s Victoria Theater with this visual exploration of Black artists and creativity from the 1950s through the early 2000s. Photographer and gallerist Alex Harsley’s exhibition details the visual history of Black creative spaces in NYC.

The gallery exhibition will be on view from February 1 through April 30, 2024. The Apollo’s Victoria Theater is located at 233 West 125th Street and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

From The Victoria to The Village: A Visual History of Black Creative Spaces includes stunning photography and documentary footage including Harsley’s rare colored photographs of The Jewel Box Reviewat The Apollo in the 1950s alongside other iconic moments at The Apollo and around Harlem then moving downtown, and everywhere in between.

This exhibition showcases Black art collectives, individual artists at work in their studios, and the camaraderie of Black artists throughout their communities.

A continuous running video is on one wall of the exhibition titled Conversations in Time and reads: Halsley started working with video in the beginning of 1990s. Just like with still photography, he started documenting his surroundings with moving images. He recorded the streets of NYC, its residents,, artists at work, scenes both mundane and dramatic. He saw these fragments of reality as an important running document of life in the city. In this video sequence, we see fragments from two decades worth of footage.  One image from this video below.

Kerris Ann Wolsey conducting workshops in her studio, Harlem Textile Works, in the 1990s.

The gallery exhibition opens on February 1, 2024 and will be free and open to the public through April 30, 2024. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 6pm

From The Victoria to The Village: A Visual History of Black Creative Spaces is a part of The Apollo’s Winter 2024 season and commissioned as a part of The Apollo’s New Works initiative. Apollo New Works is generously supported by the Ford Foundation with additional funding from The Mellon Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

About The Apollo New Works Initiative ~ The Apollo New Works initiative expands upon The Apollo’s mission to support the creation of new work by Black artists. The multidisciplinary emerging and established artists who the organization has commissioned and provided space, time, and resources will create, develop, and present work across The Apollo stages, including The Apollo’s Victoria Theater, which will open later this year and will serve as the main incubation space. Commissioned works will include world premiere performances, festivals, and programs rooted in music, dance, theater, poetry, and more.

Photographer Alex Harsley

Apollo New Works expands the Apollo’s commitment to supporting creative innovation by emerging and established artists whose work challenges, reflects, and is in dialogue with the most pressing issues within our communities.

Apollo New Works will build upon the Apollo’s history of commissioning new work, including the 2018 stage adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World and Me and the 2017 genre-defying opera We Shall Not Be Moved by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Bill T. Jones, co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, among others.

The Apollo New Works initiative also encompasses The Apollo’s Salon Series, a one-week residency program and The Apollo Master Artist -in-Residence three-year program, providing leading artists of color with a home to create new works, curate and develop programs for The Apollo, and engage with students from The Apollo’s education programs.

Apollo New Works is generously supported by the Ford Foundation with additional funding from The Mellon Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

About the historic Victoria Theater + Harlem Marriott Renaissance Hotel + The Victoria Tower Residences + The Apollo Theater Expansion.