Art Students League to Host ‘Figuring It Out: The Black Body by Global Black Artists, 2010-2020’ a Lecture with Curator, Lowery Stokes Sims

 

 

 

Ficre Ghebreyesus, Red Room, c. 2002-07, Acrylic on canvas, 84 × 72in. Courtesy of The Baltimore Museum of Art. Purchased with exchange funds from the Pearlstone Family Fund and partial gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Estate of Ficre Ghebreyesus. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.

Join Curator and Art Historian, Lowery Stokes Sims, former Executive Director and President of the Studio Museum in Harlem, for the upcoming lecture ‘Figuring It Out: The Black Body by Global Black Artists, 2010-2020’ at the Art Students League on Thursday, February 29th.

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Powerful Documentary ‘The Niagara Movement: The Early Battle for Civil Rights’ On THIRTEEN During Black History Month

 

 

 

 

The Niagara Movement. Credit: Courtesy of WNED Buffalo Toronto Public Media

The WNED PBS original The Niagara Movement: The Early Battle for Civil Rights, an engrossing documentary capturing the conflict between three national Black leaders at the turn of the 20th century over the pathway to Black liberation, will premiere during Black History Month on Thursday, February 15, at 10 p.m. EST on THIRTEEN. Directed by Emmy® Award-winning and two-time Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Lawrence R. Hott, the film shines a spotlight on the fight pitting sociologist W.E.B Du Bois and Boston newspaper publisher William Monroe Trotter against educator and orator Booker T. Washington, then the de facto leader of Black America. The Niagara Movement will also be distributed to public television stations around the country by American Public Television beginning February 1.

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Celebrating Black History Month 2024 in NYC

 

 

 

Photographer Alex Harsley, for the inaugural opening of the gallery at the Apoolo’s Victoria Theater

This year’s theme for Black History Month 2024 celebrates “African Americans and the Arts.” So it is fitting that our featured image is of the opening of the gallery at the Apollo’s Victoria Theater, with photographer Alex Harsley’s visual exploration of Black artists and creativity.

Don’t miss Brooklyn-based Asase Yan Cultural Arts Foundation’s 7-day cultural festival, the Harlem Chamber Players, Manhattan School of Music, the Harlem Fine Arts Show and much more.

Here are a few suggestions for celebrating Black History Month 2024.

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NYC Celebrates Black History Month ~ February 2023

 

 

 

Author Ernest J. Gaines, painting by artist Robert Peterson, to be featured on new stamp commission for Black History Month 2023. Image courtesy the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery.

This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Resistance,” and will explore how African-Americans have fought repression from America’s earliest days, from escaping plantations, to the rise out of poverty and struggle for equal housing and education, and voting rights. Here are a few ways to celebrate the month.

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USPS Issues New Forever Stamp of Author Ernest J. Gaines by Artist Robert Peterson Issued as Part of its Black Heritage Series

 

 

 

Author Ernest J. Gaines, painting by artist Robert Peterson, to be featured on new stamp commission for Black History Month 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery.

The 46th stamp in the Black Heritage series for the USPS honors author Ernest J. Gaines (1933-2019). Best known for such novels as ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’ and ‘A Lesson Before Dying‘, Gaines drew from his childhood as the son of sharecroppers on a Louisiana plantation to explore the untold stories of rural African Americans.

The Stamp is being issued as a Forever Stamp in panes of 20 for Black History Month.  By the way, the cost of stamps just went up!

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NYC Parks Celebrates Black History Month with a Virtual Exhibition at Poe Park Visitor Center

 

 

 

Artist Gloria Zapata, Image courtesy NYC Parks

NYC Parks is proud to present the Poe Park Visitor Center’s virtual exhibition as part of the agency’s Black History Month celebration. The online show is in addition to “The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders” at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, as well as events and tours taking place this month. Both shows are free and will be on view through February 28, 2022.

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Celebrating Black History Month 2022 in NYC

 

 

 

Tenekeya Word, Tender a Sisterhood Anthem (Bside) fig. 014, linocut, relief ink, hand quilting on 280 gsm BFK Rives, 22 x 30 in, 2021 ~ In the exhibition ‘A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking’ at Claire Oliver Gallery.

This year, we will celebrate Black History Month 2022 in-person and online with installations, exhibitions, food, music, and a visit to historic sites. With so much to choose from, here are a few suggestions.

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A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking to Open at Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

Ann Johnson, Octoroon (Constance), intaglio, found objects, 10 x 11 x 10 in, 2021

In perfect timing for Black History Month, Claire Oliver Gallery will open its doors to the New York debut exhibition A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking features 21 works by nine contemporary Black women printmakers.  Curated by two artists, founder of Texas-based nonprofit Black Women of Print, Tanekeya Word and member Delita Martin, the exhibition explores the depth and breadth of printmaking through the lens of Black women and their myriad narratives.

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NYC Parks Celebrates Black Leaders in the Arsenal Gallery for Black History Month

 

 

 

Photo credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

In celebration of Black History Month, NYC Parks is pleased to announce the exhibition, “The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders,” now on view at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The show highlights some of the parks and park features that the agency has recently renamed to honor the Black experience in New York City. This exhibition is presented by NYC Parks’ Art & Antiquities and Ebony Society and will be on view through February 28, 2022.

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Hilton Als Curates ‘Toni Morrison’s Black Book’ at David Zwirner Gallery

 

 

 

Dwight Carter. Contact sheet of studio photographs of Toni Morrison, 1973 (detail). © Dwight Carter

David Zwirner is pleased to announce a group exhibition curated by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, critic, and curator Hilton Als. On view at the gallery’s West 19th Street spaces, the exhibition will focus on the enormous output and cultural significance of Toni Morrison (1931–2019), and, as Als notes, “will add visual components that italicize the beauty and audacity of her work.” Included will be selected archival materials as well as work by artists Garrett Bradley, Beverly Buchanan, Robert Gober, Gwen Knight, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Irving Penn, Walter Price, Martin Puryear, Amy Sillman, Bob Thompson, and James Van Der Zee, among others, some of which have been commissioned for the exhibition and were made in direct response to Morrison’s writings.

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NYC Parks in Conversation ~ A Virtual Panel Discussion Honoring Black History, February 24, 2021

 

 

In celebration of Black History Month, NYC Parks will host a virtual panel focused on the ongoing effort to name park spaces in honor of the Black experience. NYC Parks Presents Honoring Black History: The Parks Naming Project will take place on Wednesday, February 24th from 6:00-7:00pm.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Celebrates Black History Month 2021 with Interactive Story

 

 

Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) released an interactive story map called Preserving Significant Places of Black History to celebrate New York City’s African American history through designated landmarks and historic districts. For five decades LPC has been recognizing, supporting, and celebrating places of African American cultural and historic significance through designation. This story map highlights landmarks and historic districts that illustrate the experiences and achievements of African Americans through interactive maps, narrative text, images, and multimedia content.

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Celebrating Black History Month in NYC ~ February, 2021

 

 

 

07. Anthony Barboza, Grace Jones, 1970s in the exhibition, 3 Points of View by Kamoinge Photographers, courtesy Keith De Lellis Gallery.

In spite of the Pandemic, this year we celebrate Black History Month with a look-back at tragedies and accomplishments. Hand-in-hand, over 20-million people have taken part in Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the U.S. alone ~ and millions more worldwide. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation won Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize for 2020, with an online prize-giving ceremony that took place in Stockholm on January 30, 2021. In addition, Black Lives Matter has been nominated for a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

Now looking forward, we celebrate Black History Month 2021, with culturally significant artworks along with their creators, past and present, in all five boroughs. Here are a few suggestions.

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CityParks Foundation & SummerStage Celebrate Black History Month 2021

 

 

SummerStage Anywhere

In recognition of Black History Month 2021, CityParks Foundation SummerStage takes a look back at moments from its first-ever all-virtual season. The excerpts will include highlights from our SummerStage Anywhere 2020 programming, featuring spoken word, music and dance performances. Joining us to introduce the program is Harlem-based journalist and musician, Greg Tate, a SummerStage alumni and co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition, which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. These are Free online events.

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Beyond the Walls ~ Conversations with the National Black Theatre at Apple Williamsburg ~ January 31, 2020

 

 

Image via National Black Theatre

As part of the Today at Apple series, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) and Apple Williamsburg offer an evening of conversation and exploration with artists including Jillian WalkerMakeba RaineyJaimee Todd and Jonathan McCrory discussing the use of the arts, tech and indigenous practices to create visual representations of black womanhood and continue the rich legacy of the Black arts community. A panel discussion with the artists will be followed by an live demonstration with Todd showcasing her creative process in the Procreate painting app and her use of layering, color and other techniques to create abstract portraits. Attendees will then have a chance to gain hands-on experience with Procreate by using iPads and Apple Pencil to interact with Todd’s work and create and share their own art as well on the Apple store’s brilliant 4K video wall.

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Kick-Off Black History Month at a Free Open House at Apollo Theater

 

 

 

This February, the world famous Apollo Theater will kick off Black History Month with Apollo Open House: Celebration of Cool on Saturday February 1st from 1 p.m. – 6.p.m., to celebrate and explore the rich history of the Theater as it continues the legacy of Black History.

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NYC Parks Commemorates Black History Month with the Exhibition, ‘Namesakes’ at Arsenal Gallery

 

 

Marcus Garvey Park, formerly Mt. Morris Park. Image taken April, 2009. Image courtesy NYC Parks

In anticipation and celebration of Black History Month in February, NYC Parks is pleased to announce the exhibition “Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks” at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The show focuses on a selection of parks throughout the city that are named after notable African Americans.

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Celebrating the Life of Susan Elizabeth Frazier during Women’s History Month

 

 

 

1919 U.S. Passport photograph of Susan Elizabeth Frazier via commons wikimedia.org

In a highlighted section, on the back of this month’s Friends of Rhinebeck Cemetery newsletter, there is a short article on a remarkable woman, Susan Elizabeth Frazier, who we would like to shine a light on ~ as Women’s History Month comes to a closeBorn in 1864 in New York City, she graduated from the Normal School in 1887 and Hunter College in 1888, where she studied to become a schoolteacher. When denied employment because she was African-American, she sued the trustees of the 22nd Ward of the New York School Department because this was a violation of the department’s policy. She went on to successfully become the first black teacher in an integrated public school in New York.

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Celebrate Black History Month 2019 in NYC

 

 

 

Anthony Barboza, Grace Jones c.1970 courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery, in the exhibition Light & Dark: Portraits of Distinguished African Americans

February is Black History Month, but The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture got an early start in celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90 birthday on January 15th with the new exhibition, CRUSADER ~ and  The Brooklyn Academy of Music will hold its annual event on January 21st. So let’s get the celebration started with a few suggestions to add to your list for Black History Month 2019, beginning now!

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