Jermaine Grant, leader of the East Harlem-based Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, and the organization’s treasurer, Lincoln Warrington, were sentenced to prison on tax fraud scheme on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Grant received an 18-month sentence, and Warrington was sentenced to a year.
Below, a bit of recent history on this group, known as Black Hebrew Israelites.
The viral video taken on January 18, 2019, on the day of the Pro-Life March in Washington D.C., brought attention to a little-known group ~ The Black Hebrew Israelites, who were involved in the initial confrontation that day. From the language used in the video, it appeared that the five Black Hebrew Israelites in the video were part of a division of that group called Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge (ISUPK), known to demonstrate at the corner of Seventh and H Streets in Washington D.C. This group, headquartered in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, occasionally makes an appearance in Harlem, staging themselves in front of CVS Pharmacy on the corner of Lenox Avenue and 125th Street, megaphone in hand, spewing their hateful rhetoric, and most recently on the opposite side of Lenox Avenue, between 124th-125th Streets.
The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, which historically closed in early June and reopened again in September, just announced that they will be open all Summer! Come along with us on a visit to a shop where 70% of the items are created by artisans, in a shop completely run by volunteers. This is the month of their Seasonal Sale (25%-40% off on selected items), which will run to June 16th.
If you have been following GothamToGo East 125th Street, a work in progress, you will already know that East Harlem suffered a major loss when several old-time shops were forced to close, including Demolition Depot, a gorgeous shop that had been at its East 125th Street location since 1996.
We have great news ~ Demolition Depot has opened its doors at a new location, right around the corner on East 126th Street. Come along as we step inside.
On the heals of Memorial Day, we celebrate the beginning of summer with more than 50 outdoor installations and events from Coney Island and Roosevelt Island to Riverbank State Park. This month’s Roundup of Art Installations, Events & Exhibits explores what’s new, what to look forward to, and what’s still on view. Here are a few suggestions to add to your list during June.
As often happens, we received a heads-up today about a monumental installation arriving in the tiny Duarte Square Park. This thoughtful installation, named SuperStorm, was created by the artist,Robert Lobe.
Marking the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s 38th commissioned exhibition, New York-based artist Leonard Drew is creating a monumental new public art project for the Park entitled City in the Grass. The installation will present a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama.
The total transformation/renovation of the historic Corn Exchange Bank Building is one we would hope for all of our historic sites. It was a work of love topped with true dedication to the project by a man who saw the building in its deteriorating state every day as he passed by on Metro North that runs alongside Park Avenue on his way to work. But let’s start from the beginning, because this historically Landmarked building has quite a history.
Through the theme of Utopian Imagination, the trilogy of exhibitions in the gallery’s inaugural year create a trajectory toward a more just future. The first exhibition, Perilous Bodies(March 4 – May 11, 2019), examined injustice through the intersecting lens of violence, race, gender, ethnicity, and class. Radical Love responds to the first show by offering love as the answer to a world in peril.
The Annual Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA)House Touris set for Sunday, June 9th. This year, the tour’s theme, Harlem Nights, is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.
Great timing for Marcia Grostein’s exhibition, Brighton Beach Bliss: the World as it Should Be, a testament of harmonious coexistence between diverse populations, and one of several wonderful exhibitions currently on view at The National Arts Club.
Fridman Gallery will open its doors to Passages, the first solo exhibition by Brooklyn-born artist, Tajh Rust. The artists new paintings, a meditation on the lasting impression of transitions, trace the passage of time, of bodies through space, and of ideas through text.
MonumentArt2015 was the second installment of the International Mural Festival in East Harlem and the Bronx, sponsored by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, José Morales of La Marqueta Retoña and La Respuesta in Santurce, Puerto Rico, partnered with muralist Celso González to produce and curate the festival. Eleven internationally known artists created nine murals throughout El Barrio from 99th Street to 138th Street. Many of the murals focused on El Barrio’s rich culture and heritage. Let’s take a walk, as we watched the artists create in October, 2015.
Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio is a new public art project featuring photographs by renowned photographer, Hiram Maristany ~ a founding member of the Young Lords and their official photographer. Follow along as we take the walking tour, map in hand to view 10 large-scale images across five locations in El Barrio.
In anticipation of the reopening of the Hispanic Museum and Library this Fall on the Audubon Terrace, we thought we might take a look at the man behind the historic Terrace ~ Archer Milton Huntington ~ and his home on Fifth Avenue.
They’re back! Remember the eleven Harlem students who created murals inside the new Shake Shack on 125th Street? Once again, partnering with Creative Art Works, the young artists completed the exterior work on the facade, which includes Fifth Avenue and 125th Street.
In celebration of the completed installation, Creative Art Works invites the Community to an official dedication of the exterior art on Thursday, May 23rd at 4:30pm. In addition, 25% of all proceeds on any purchase at Shake Shack that entire day will be donated to Creative Art Works IF the buyer mentions Creative Art Works (or CAW) at the register.
Human Connection Arts was launched in 2017, born from the days when Andy Golub, its founder, painted freely in the streets of New York City.
Now, the nonprofit ~ true to its mission of forming unique connections between artist and model during body painting ~ focuses on the vulnerabilities between models and artists, creating significant impact on artist, models and the public, as they strive to build a world where all people are accepted, regardless of race, gender, size, shape, age and even political views.
One of New York City’s largest artist enclaves is opening its doors to the public May 18-19, 2019. Industry City Open Studios offers the public a behind-the-scenes look into the customized creative spaces of Industry City’s many artists, makers, and manufacturers. The annual event, now in its sixth year, gives visitors a rare opportunity to access the artists’ studios as well as meet with the artists and experience the process of their work being produced firsthand.
The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (AAAL), located in the Audubon Terrace complex, is dedicated to honoring excellence in art, literature and music, with 250 of our country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Take a walk with us through these historic doors.
May is filled with Fairs and Shows from Frieze Week ~ which, this year expanded onto the Rockefeller Center Plaza ~ to Soho’s Superfine, Art New York on the Pier, TEFAF at Park Avenue Armory, Contemporary African Art Fair, NYCxDesign, Sacred Sites, and annual favorites like Jane’s Walk, Kips Bay Designer Show House, The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Annual Spring House Tour, Harlem EatUp! and continuing the year-long celebration of Stonewall50 at a plethora of events throughout the city. Here are more than 95 suggestion to add to your list in May, including what’s still on view, and what we’re looking forward to.
FACTION Art Projects will open its doors to the solo exhibition, La Selva Oscura, by Armando Mariño with ten large-scale oil paintings of figures in landscapes drawing on themes of identity and personal history within the current political and socio-economic climate.
Drawing from his Cuban roots, the artists’ work is influenced by periods of time living in Cuba, the Netherlands, France and New York’s Hudson Valley ~ as well as experience of dislocation and popular culture.
Photography on paper was born in 1839 in England at Lacock Abbey. A new exhibition of photographs juxtaposes the work of its inventor William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) with the contemporary work of Hiroshi Sugimoto, Abelardo Morell, and Mike Robinson. Lacock Abbey: Birthplace of Photography on Paper will be on view at Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs through May 10, 2019. The exhibition, which pays tribute to Talbot’s beloved ancestral home in Wiltshire, features architectural exteriors and interiors, still lifes, portraits, and tree studies by Talbot, complemented by interpretations from three contemporary artists, who have been inspired by his pioneering photographs.
Howard Greenberg Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, Bruce Davidson, Subject: Contact ~ contact sheets in context with vintage prints from four seminal projects from the 1950s and 60s ~ Circus, Brooklyn Gang, Time of Change, and East 100th Street. The exhibition illustrates Davidson’s connection to some of the 20th century’s most important social, cultural, and political moments.
The Spring 2019 exhibition at Essie Green Galleries will focus on the recent attention paid to African-American artists, their rise in prominence in museums and in the marketplace, along with a significant rise in forgeries and fakes.
Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space transforms Socrates Sculpture Park into a gateway to the universe, presenting artworks that consider space, time, and matter in relationship to celestial entities and earth-bound processes. In the open-air environment of the Long Island City waterfront park, the exhibition uses scale to put the universe in context, creating connection points to space and time.
Vito Schnabel Projects will open its doors to Pictures From Another Time: Photographs by Bob Colacello, 1976 ~ 1982, an exhibition of photographs taken by Bob Colacello during the years he served as editor of Andy Warhol’s interview Magazine.
El Museo del Barrio will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a major permanent collection exhibition and timeline, contextualizing the history of the institution, in a two-part exhibition. The exhibition will reflect on the institution’s activist origins and pioneering role as a cultural and educational organization dedicated to Latinx and Latin American art and culture.
Good news came recently, with the approval from the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, allowing the Louise Nevelson Chapel of the Good Shepherd at St. Peter’s Church to move forward with initial phases of construction for the renewal project.
What would happen if talented art students were given a selection of instructions to create temporary artworks and told to just do it (in school)? Hunter East Harlem Gallery opens its doors to its own version of the original idea,do it, conceived in 1993 by Hans Ulrich Obrist, which challenged traditional exhibition formats, questioned authorship, and championed art’s ability to exist beyond a single gallery space.
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.
El Barrio has a gorgeous new mural on the side of the building which is the home to Galeria Del Barrio. It is another in a series of community projects lead by artist Manny Vega, and is a mosaic mural, entitled Al Ritmo de La Paz.
As the High Line extends north, the new extended section known as the High Line Plinth will unveil its inaugural installation when it opens in June, 2019. And since June is right around the corner, we spied a work-in-progress, the inaugural installation ~ Simone Leigh’s Brick House, seen from 10th Avenue at 30th Street.
X Gallery opens its doors to the artwork of Ademola Olugebefola, 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.