A Brief History of the Future, Group Exhibition at Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

 

BK Adams, the Thinker, acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas, 2024, 60 x 86 x 3 inches/152 x 218 x 8 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to present A Brief History of the Future, a special group exhibition of works by gallery artists BK Adams, Barbara Earl Thomas, Stan Squirewell, and Carolyn Mazloomi—who the gallery recently started representing. Expressing themselves through painting, paper cuts, glasswork, found photography, and quilting, the artists in this presentation are time benders—wielding their practices in order to explore the interdependent and evolving dimensions of past, present, and future. With their own unique variations on the choreography of reflection and anticipation, these artists prove that chronological systems of time are insufficient to address the compounding complexities of and ever-shifting revelations about identity, race, gender, family, nature, culture, and politics. Calling on ancestral, generational, and societal wisdom, this show gives equal importance to those histories we bring into focus and those futures we attempt to influence. As Octavia Butler expressed in her 1993 novel Parable of the Sower, “All that you touch / You Change / All that you change / Changes You / The only lasting truth / Is Change…” A Brief History of the Future will be on view at Claire Oliver Gallery, May 31 – August, 2024.

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The Annual Harlem Wellness Festival to Take Place on May 18th in Marcus Garvey Park

 

 

 

Harlem Wellness Festival. All images courtesy Uptown Grand Central

 Harlem Wellness Festival is a celebration of the strong network of minority-and women-owned gyms, studios and spas that Harlem has built over the past decade. This year, the festival is back, with more locally-owned fitness and wellness businesses than ever before.

The stretch-and-move party will take place this Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park. There will be two Fitness Zones with a lineup of free classes ranging from dance to yoga, kettlebells to strength training, and gyrokinesis to tai chi. Plus a Wellness Row, where you’ll get to know each small business and sample offerings including massage, acupuncture and plant-based nutrition – then map out your wellness routine for summer and spring!

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MMPCIA Sets Date for Annual Stoop Sale in the Mt Morris Park Historic District of Harlem

 

 

 

Get ready for a day of community connection and sustainability as the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) brings back its beloved Stoop Sale event on Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the third and largest, with more than 50 stoops participating. All of this is set within the beautiful catchment area known as the Mt. Morris Park Historic District from 116th to 124th Street, between Madison Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., will offer a treasure trove of unique finds available for sale for visitors.

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‘Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory’ on View at El Museo del Barrio

 

 

 

Detail, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Venus EnvyII: The Virgin’s Garden, 1994. Mixed media installation; 180 x 120 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Photograph by Daria Lugina.

El Museo del Barrio presents: Archaeology of Memory, the first retrospective exhibition by the pioneering installation artist, curator, and theorist. Born in 1943 to a Mexican immigrant family, Mesa-Bains has been a leading figure in Chicanx art for nearly half a century. Her practice explores intersectional feminist themes, environmentally centered spirituality, and cultural diversity to counter the racist and gendered erasures of colonial repression.

On view May 2 to August 11, 2024, the exhibition features over 40 works including the artist’s large-scale altar-installations, as well as prints, artist books, and codices. Anchored by the multi-chapter “Venus Envy” series, Archaeology of Memory is a rare opportunity to view three decades of Mesa-Bains’s genre-defying artworks, many of which are on display together for the first time.

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2024 Car-Free Earth Day in NYC ~ April 20th ~ Kicking Off Open Streets & April 21st at Morningside Park in Harlem!

 

 

 

Image courtesy NYC DOT. Car-Free Earth Day 2024.

On April 20th, New Yorkers will kick off the 2024 Open Streets Season with Car-Free Earth Day throughout all five boroughs! Hosted by NYC DOT, the event opens our streets to a plethora of programming from activism and education surrounding climate change and sustainability to public art that includes repurposed furniture transformed into luscious organic sculptures through live plants, showcasing the potential of nature reclaiming the built environment.

The Earth Day festivities continue on April 21st at Morningside Park in Harlem with a theme of Planet vs. Plastic. We Can Do It. Lots of activities, including a Trashion Fashion workshop for kids in preparation for the next Trashion Fashion Show next month.

These are just a few of the Earth Day festivities throughout our area.

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Sami Tsang, Ebony Russell, Suyao Tian in the Group Exhibition ‘Teetering on the Brink: Femininity, Inheritance, and Disaster at Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

 

Ebony Russell, Mirrored Kingdom, Porcelain and glaze, 2024, Dimensions Variable 35 x 20 x 20 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to present Teetering on the Brink: Femininity, Inheritance, and Disaster, a special group exhibition marking the New York City debut of work by artists Sami Tsang, Ebony Russell, and Suyao Tian. The exhibition spans media including figurative sculpture, watercolor on paper, sculptural vessels, and installation and explores the themes of memory, childhood, patriarchal societal values, and female identity through the lens of multiple cultures and vernaculars. Teetering on the Brink: Femininity, Inheritance, and Disaster will be on view at Claire Oliver Gallery’s Harlem gallery from March 15 through May 11, 2024.

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The Apollo Celebrates the Opening of The Apollo Stages at The Victoria Theater!

 

 

 

Loew’s Victoria Theatre, 233 West 125th Street. Image via nycago.org

On March 7, 2024, the Apollo officially celebrated the opening of The Apollo Stages at the Victoria Theater ~ the first physical expansion in the institution’s 90-year history ~ with a special ceremony and iconic Apollo Sign-lighting with guests that included Mayor Eric Adams, Empire State Development Commissioner Hope Knight, The Apollo’s Chairman of the Board Charles Phillips, Apollo Chairman Emeritus Richard “Dick” Parsons, Apollo President and CEO Michelle Banks, and Artistic Director Kamilah Forbes, as well as performances by four-time Grammy-nominee Stefan Harris, acclaimed singer Jia Drummond,, the marching band ‘Marching Cobras’ and more.

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‘Present in the Modern World’ to Open at Art Lives Here

 

 

 

Artist, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn. Image courtesy of the Artist and Connie Lee, Art Lives Here, Inc. in the exhibition ‘Living in the Modern World’

The three women artists featured in Present in the Modern World, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn, Alison Causer, and Donnelly Marks share a modern sensibility in their art practices. Their works reference periods in time from Byzantine to the present.

Installation view, ‘Living in the Modern World’. On the mantle, sculpture artist, Donnelly Marks, figures, below, interpreting the nude figure by artist, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn.. Exhibition ‘Living in the Modern World’ at Art Lives Here.

They collectively have blurred the lines between traditional, modern, and contemporary. Causer and Capozzoli Flinn’s brush strokes take classic oil paintings into the present and exhibited alongside Marks’ sculptures that reference brutalist structures create an exhibition that is timeless but of the modern world.

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Workers Circle for Kleztronica & Chaia to Perform at Silvana Harlem February 17th

 

 

 

Chaia. Image courtesy of the artist.

Join the Workers Circle for Kleztronica, a performance from Chaia of amazing electronic Klezmer Music like you’ve never heard before! This event is FREE to attend. Grab your friends and join us at Silvana (300 W 116th St) in Harlem on Saturday, February 17, from 8:00-10:00 PM. You won’t want to miss this incredible night of music and fun.

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Made in Harlem: The Lafargue Clinic Remixed Film Series at Maysles Documentary Center

 

 

 

The Lafargue Mental Health Clinic, housed in two rooms of the parish house basement at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Harlem, was open from 1946 to 1958. Named for the French Marxist physician, Paul Lafargue, it was conceived by German-American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, whose focus was on the dire state of mental health services in the Black community in New York.

The Lafargue Clinic was the first of its kind in Harlem – a pay-as-you-wish, anti-racist mental health clinic. It pioneered a form of social medicine that linked patients’ medical needs with the struggle for housing and economic justice.

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The Apollo Celebrates its 90th Anniversary on January 26, 2024

 

 

 

Image courtesy The Apollo Theater

January 26, 2024, marks the 90th Anniversary of The Apollo. Since its inception, The Apollo has been a beacon of innovation and a driving force for creativity, not only within Harlem and New York but also around the world. To commemorate the occasion, The Apollo is thrilled to announce a social media campaign designed to engage the community in celebrating the rich tapestry of memories woven into its legacy. #Apollo90 encourages individuals to participate by sharing their special moments under the iconic marquee, contributing to a digital mosaic that captures the diversity and vibrancy of The Apollo’s impact over the decades.

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Permanent Exhibition of harlem is…. Theater, Music, and Dance to Unveil at Harlem Hospital

 

 

 

Image courtesy Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group

Community Works/New Heritage Theatre Group and Harlem Hospital Center are celebrating the historic launch of a permanent exhibition of harlem is . . . Theater, Music, and Dance at Harlem Hospital Center. This dynamic, landmark, multimedia installation is a unique salute to people who have built and are sustaining Harlem’s cultural legacy.

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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.

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‘We Speak in Rivers’, a Solo Exhibition by Artist Stan Squirewell to Open at Claire Oliver Gallery in November

 

 

 

Stan Squirewell, Easter Monday Mum’s and Dandelions, 2022, Mixed media collage, paint, and hand carved Shou Sugi. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery proudly announces We Speak in Rivers, a solo exhibition created by artist Stan Squirewell featuring 15 large-scale multi-media artworks. With a focus on chronicling histories often overlooked, Squirewell uses documentary photographs from the 1900s that feature Black and mixed race people as a starting point to create richly layered identities and fleshed out characters, honoring and lifting up the anonymous original figures.

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The Apollo Launches ‘Apollo Stories’, a National Digital Learning Hub for Educators

 

 

 

The Apollo announces the launch of Apollo Stories, an interactive digital learning hub that aims to connect students and educators across the country with the programs and legacy of the famed Apollo, providing lesson plans, resources and activities that explore themes of social justice, cultural exchange, identity and more. The inaugural lessons are built around The Apollo’s world premiere stage adaptation of Ta Nehisi-Coates’ Between the World and Me. Geared towards activating and amplifying the voices of high school-aged students, the program reflects The Apollo’s commitment to utilizing the arts and humanities to foster conversation centered in the Black experience—all while creating an expansive and generative community for teaching, learning, creativity, self-expression, and for giving young people a framework to understand and navigate issues of contemporary America. The Apollo Stories project is now live!

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National Black Theatre, ArtBridge, Ray Harlem & LMXD Unveil 500-Foot-Long Public Art Exhibition in Harlem with Artist, Xenobia Bailey

 

 

 

Image credit: Jon Souza (ArtBridge)

The National Black Theatre, in partnership with ArtBridge, RAY, and LMXD, is pleased to announce Steal Away, a public art exhibition created by renowned artist Xenobia Bailey. This 500-foot long exhibition is installed on the construction fencing surrounding the future home of the longest-running Black theater in New York City. In addition to NBT’s multi-floor space, the 21-story project, designed by Frida Escobedo Architects and Handel Architects under the direction of Ray, will include 222 units of mixed-income apartments and substantial commercial space along 125th Street. The project is Ray’s flagship location and first foray into building residential spaces that center daily engagement with art and design.

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The Trashion Fashion Show on October 7th at The Dwyer Cultural Art Center in Harlem

 

 

 

Trashion Fashion Show

It’s a movement! From Ed Molina’s East Harlem DSNY Trash Museum to your trash can, here’s a thoughtful and fun way to focus on our environment, creating everything from art and jewelry to fashion by upcycling what has been historically just tossed.

Now, after months of collaborative trashion design workshops, and weather cancellations, the much anticipated Trashion Fashion Show has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 7th indoors at The Dwyer Cultural Art Center in Harlem, when the fashionistas will take to the runway from 3:00 to 3:30pm.

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The Apollo Theater to Hold Auditions for Amateur Night in September ~ Let’s See Whatcha Got!

 

 

 

Amateur Night at the Apollo. Photo by Shahar Azran. Image courtesy Apollo Theater.

On Saturday, September 9, The Apollo (253 W. 125th Street) will hold in-person auditions for its signature program, Amateur Night at The Apollo, the quintessential talent competition and one of the longest-running events in the world. Taking place at The Apollo’s Historic Theater on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Amateur Night producers will audition the first 200 vocalists, rappers, dancers, instrumentalists, comedians, spoken-word artists, and other performers vying for a coveted spot on The Apollo’s stage, where they will compete for a chance to win the $20,000 Grand Prize during the 2023-24 season. Contestants between the ages of 5 and 17 will audition for a spot in the “Child Star of Tomorrow” category and a $5,000 prize. The chosen artists will compete next year in front of the famous live— and very vocal— audience at The Apollo. In addition to in-person auditions, The Apollo will continue to accept online audition submissions year-round.

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Live Wire From The Apollo Archives on The Apollo’s Digital Stage

 

 

 

Image courtesy of The Apollo Theater. Image Credit: Shahar Azran Photography

The Apollo has launched a four-episode video series, Live Wire From The Apollo Archives: The Photographs and Films of Gordon Anderson, highlighting the life and work of the famed photographer and filmmaker who captured some of the most iconic moments on The Apollo stage and the Harlem community from the 1940s into the 1970s.

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‘Susan Stair: Setting the Stage for Climate Change’ will Unveil in Morningside Park on August 25th

 

 

 

Susan Stair: Setting the Stage for Climate Change in Morningside Park. Image courtesy Connie Lee, President, Art Lives Here, Inc.

Setting the Stage for Climate Change is a temporary public art installation in Morningside Park, sited on a landing near the top of the staircase at 116th Street. Environmental artist Susan Stair designed the sculpture to reinvent the area of the park as an amphitheater for arts and cultural programming.

Unveiling set for August 25th from 4:00 to 7:00pm in Morningside Park, enter at 116th Street and Morningside Drive.

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HarlemStage Celebrates 40 Years ~ 1983-2023 With Anniversary Season

 

 

 

Image courtesy HarlemStage

Celebrating four decades, the joy has been in the journey, as HarlemStage continues its mission to perpetuate and celebrate the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem and the indelible impression it has made on American culture. They are proud to have provided opportunity, commissioning, and support for visionary artists of color, making performances easily accessible to all audiences, and introducing children to the rich diversity, excitement, and inspiration of the performing arts.

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Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

 

 

 

Images from two series: Looking inside: Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentences ~ Life after Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project. Image credit: Sara Bennett

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the current destination for the acclaimed exhibition, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration curated by Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood ~ previously on view at MoMA PS1 in 2020.

Documenting the work of more than 30 artists, including people in prisons, formerly incarcerated artists, and work by non-incarcerated artists concerned with state repression, the exhibition will be on view throughout the historic research library. Marking Time will be on view through December 4, 2023, with all three galleries on view, an artist talk, and a performance.

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Aïda Muluneh: Reframing Neglect, a New Photography Series Opens at The Africa Center

 

 

 

AÏDA MULUNEH, The Barriers Within, 2021. Image credit: The Africa Center

In partnership with The END Fund, through the support of Reaching the Last Mile, The Africa Center is pleased to announce Reframing Neglect, a new photography series at The Africa, with creative direction by contemporary artist and activist Aïda Muluneh, highlighting the need to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) globally.

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Artist Sabrina Nelson Celebrates James Baldwin’s 99th Birthday with ‘Frontline Prophet: James Baldwin’

 

 

 

Sabrina Nelson, James Baldwin You + Understand. Image courtesy Omo Misha

 An exhibition of more than forty unique interpretations of James Baldwin created by Detroit-based artist, Sabrina Nelson, opened at New York’s Interchurch Center on July 12, 2023 and continues through August 31, 2023. The exhibit – Frontline Prophet: James Baldwin includes sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, installations and mixed media compositions developed by the artist over an intensive seven-year study period and has been co-curated by Ashara Ekundayo and Harlem’s Omo Misha. Frontline Prophet ushers in Baldwin’s centennial and will travel to seven U.S. cities and Paris through August 2024. An artist reception and artist talk with take place at The Interchurch Center on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 – Baldwin’s 99th birthday. 

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‘Elizabeth Knowles & Eric David Laxman: Pond Blossoms’ + ‘Simon Rigg: Watching Over You’ in Morningside Park, Harlem

 

 

 

Elizabeth Knowles: Pond Blossoms in Morningside Park. Image via Elizabeth Knowles on Facebook and Instagram

Two whimsical and wonderful sculptures appeared in and around the pond in Morningside Park in June. ‘Pond Blossoms‘, (featured above), works by Elizabeth Knowles and Eric David Laxman are in the water; and ‘Watching Over You’ by sculptor artist Simon Rigg sits on a tiny patch of land in the pond.

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Claire Oliver Gallery Announced a Solo Exhibition of BK Adams in September, 2023 ~ ‘Five Miles’

 

 

 

BK Adams, Sul Surrender, Oil on canvas, 2021-22, 60 x 83 x 2 inches/152 x 211 x 4cm. Images courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by artist BK Adams, Five Miles. The exhibition features 10 large-scale, multimedia artworks that are layered narratives of symbolism, syphers, recurring imagery and text. Adams employs a complex system of references from the natural world such as dried flowers and wax bees alongside recurring characters such as the lion and the blue horse to tell complex biographical and allegorical stories. The exhibition marks the gallery debut for the artist, whose work has already been placed in four institutions since he joined the gallery’s program in early 2023. Five Miles will be on view in New York City from September 8 – November 4, 2023.

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‘The Summer Salon, 2023’ Open at Art Lives Here

 

 

 

 

Connie Lee, President, Living with Art with new exhibition, The Summer Salon, 2023

Art Lives Here is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Preeti Varma alongside an exhibition of sculptures by Karin Bandelin, Andree Brown, and Laurence Elle Groux.

For the first time all the wall space at Living with Art is dedicated to one artist. Varma’s paintings echo the artists observations of mundane things that we all see daily and often don’t notice. Fire Hydrants and sewer covers are objects that the artist describes as physically present but visually absent. These forms inform her abstract paintings and mixed media works on paper.

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The Apollo Theater & Ta-Nehisi Coates Announce [at] The Intersection ~ an Inaugural Festival of Arts & Ideas

 

 

 

Image courtesy The Apollo Theatre

The Apollo and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Apollo’s Master Artist in Residence announced today that they will be launching [at] The Intersection, The Apollo’s Festival of Arts & Ideas. The three-day event will be held from Friday, October 6- Sunday, October 8, 2023 at The Apollo’s Historic Theater. Early access festival passes are available for purchase Here.

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Culture, Creativity & Care Initiative Unveiled in Marcus Garvey Park ~ Sankofa

 

 

 

 

A work in progress, visiting Jerome Haferd’s ‘Sakofa’ with Connie Lee, President, Art Lives Here, Inc., June 16th in Marcus Garvey Park.

Marcus Garvey Park, which is adjacent to both Harlem and East Harlem, was the lucky recipient of a Mellon Foundation Humanities in Place Initiative, with a focus on fostering creativity and care in essential public space.

Administered through Harlem Grown, The Culture, Creativity & Care Initiative will be a two-year project, amplifying Harlem’s rich history and culture, along with its plethora of talented residents, from visual and performing arts to culture and food Programming, unveiling on June 18, 2023 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and artist talks from 2-5pm.

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Michelle Ebanks Appointed Next President & CEO of The Apollo Theater

 

 

 

Photo credit: Shahar Azran

The Apollo announced today the appointment of Michelle Ebanks as the next President and CEO of the nation’s foremost African American performing arts center dedicated to Black arts and culture. Ms. Ebanks has extensive leadership experience in media, entertainment, and live events. She previously served as CEO of Essence Communications, overseeing the nation’s leading media and communications company dedicated to African American women, including Essence magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African American women; Essence.com, the award-winning, daily online destination for African American women; and the internationally renowned Essence Festival of Culture, one of the largest annual live music events in the world. Ms. Ebanks will begin her new role in July 2023.

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The Apollo Theater to Host ‘CHAMP: Deaf Artists of Color Redefining the Performing Arts

 

 

 

On Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm EST The Apollo Theater will host “CHAMP: Deaf Artists of Color Redefining the Performing Arts,” an in-depth discussion featuring the leading Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing artists, creators, and musicians working in the performing arts space today. The panelists come from all corners of the creative industry, spanning dance, theater, music, and film. Throughout the conversation, they will share their stories—their successes, their setbacks, and the steps they took to get to where they are today. Not only will this be an opportunity to connect and network with trailblazing artists, but also a chance to celebrate all of their contributions and uplift an integral but often under-acknowledged community.

Free with RSVP Here

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The Schomburg Center Hosts 5th Annual Literary Festival on June 17th ~ Juneteenth 2023

 

 

 

Image from Schomburg Center Literary Festival, 2022.Photo credit: APM World/Emmanuel Agbeble, Isseu Diouf Campbell, Bill Farrington and Bob Gore. Above image, ‘2022 The Exonerated Five: An In-Depth Look at their Journey to Justice’ Abiodun Oyewole, a founding member of The Last Poets in conversation with Dr. Yusef Salaam (Exonerated Five) and current candidate running for Harlem City Council.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host its 5th Annual Literary Festival on Saturday, June 17th. Traditionally held on Juneteenth weekend, the Schomburg Center Literary Festival is held both outdoors and throughout the historic research library in Harlem, featuring discussions, workshops, and book signings with established and emerging writers across the Black Diaspora.

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‘Gio Swaby, I Will Blossom Anyway’ to Open at Claire Oliver Gallery during Frieze Week

 

 

 

Gio Swaby, Together We Bloom 3, 2023, 64. 52 in., Cotton fabric and thread sewn on muslin. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by artist Gio Swaby, I Will Blossom Anyway. The exhibition features life-scale textile works including six self-portraits and a grid work of nine silhouettes. This new series explores the concept of dual identities and the cognizance of “other” experienced by immigrants living in a foreign culture. Through detailed sewn line drawing and quilting, Swaby conveys intimacy and beauty in the humanity and imperfection of her subjects. The artist displays the back sides of her canvases to the viewer as the finished work to showcase the knots and loose threads, which signify the sitter’s ongoing journey of life.  In I Will Blossom Anyway, Swaby turns this reflection and loving gaze inward, an introspective view of her own journey.  The works will be on view in Harlem May 19 – July 29, 2023.

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Reuben Sinha + Joanne Dugan in Pop-Up for The Harlem Artists Residency & Community Arts Opening May 7th

 

 

 

Frederick Douglass at the entrance to Harlem on 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Popping Up at the entrance to Harlem, an exhibition, workshops and music will fill an empty storefront at 301 West 110th Street (enter on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the old Subway Shop). Opening May 7th and on view throughout the month.

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The 2023 Harlem International Film Festival To Take Place May 18-28th

 

 

 

The 18th edition of the Harlem International Film Festival is coming and we recently received the lineup. Taking place at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theaters from May 18th to the 28th, it will open up with Blow Up My Life and Paris Is In Harlem on May 18th, and the world premiere of the first two episodes from the next season of STARZ’ Run the World series, and the world premiere of Clayton P. Allis and Doug E. Doug’s In The Weeds on Friday, May 19th.

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2023 International Lindy Hop Championships in May at Alhambra Ballroom, Harlem

 

 

 

Remy Kouakou Kouame & Joshua Mclean perform during ILHC 2022. Image via ILHC.

During Memorial Day Weekend 2023 (May 25–29), an estimated 1,000 swing dance and jazz music enthusiasts will gather in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood to “Celebrate Lindy Hop where it all began!” with the World Finals of the 2023 International Lindy Hop Championships.

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1-54 Presents its Sixth Annual Fair of Contemporary African Art During Frieze Week 2023

 

 

 

Nelson Makamo, ‘Untitled’ 2022 at 1-54 2023 by Rise Art

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair announced details of the 2023 annual New York edition, following the notable success of last year’s return to an in-person fair event in Harlem. The 2023 iteration will take place at Malt House in the Manhattanville Factory District, 429 West 127th Street, from Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21, 2023. The fair will host VIP previews from 11am to 7pm on Thursday, May 18th. Artsy will be hosting the fair online.

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New Cultural Space in The Apollo’s Victoria Theatre to be Named for Jonelle Procope

 

 

 

Exterior of The Apollo and the new Victoria Building. Photo by Shahar Azran.

On Monday, March 27, 2023, The Apollo’s Board Chair Charles E. Phillips announced that the 99-seat theater in The Apollo’s new Victoria Theater—which marks the first major expansion in the organization’s history—will be named after its current President & CEO Jonelle Procope in honor of her two decades as leader of the iconic cultural and civic non-profit dedicated to providing a platform for Black creativity. The new, 25,000-square-foot facility is under renovation and will open later this year, adding two additional stages that will be operated by The Apollo and will welcome in artists, audiences, other cultural and civic organizations and creators, and students. The surprise announcement took place at a celebration in honor of Ms. Procope at the Ford Foundation following her announcement at the end of 2022 that she will step down as President later this year.

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Schomburg Center Sets Date for 11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

 

 

 

Festival 2023 Artwork credit: T.J. Sterling courtesy Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host its 11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival on April 14 and 15. The festival returns in person to the historic research library for the first time since 2020, following several years of virtual programming due to the pandemic.

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Lee Lee’s Baked Goods in Harlem Celebrates National Rugelach Day ~ April 29th

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy Lee Lee’s Pastry Shop

This year, National Rugelach Day will be celebrated on Monday, April 29th. We will be celebrating with The King of Rugelach, Alvin Lee Smalls ~ also known and loved as Mr. Lee, owner of Lee Lee’s Baked Goods in Harlem.

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City College Center for the Arts Celebrates 60 Years of Orquesta Broadway with Concert on March 24th

 

 

 

City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) is marking the 60-year history of the legendary, Cuban charanga band Orquesta Broadway on Friday, March 24 at Aaron Davis Hall’s Marian Anderson Theatre, with a special concert featuring multi-award-winning flutist and educator Connie Grossman and esteemed flutist Karen Joseph. Award-winning radio host and Latin music historian Nelson Radhames Rodriguez serves as producer and emcee of the show, which starts at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Tickets are available at citycollegecenterforthearts.org.

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Getting Ready for Summer 2023, Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem is in the News

 

 

 

Marcus Garvey Park w/view of the Acropolis & historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in the background, the current art installation by Art Lives Here on the great lawn, artist Reuben Sinha: Breathing. Madison Ave side near 123rd Street.

Sitting in on the recent CB 11 meeting, Jana La Sorte, the Administrator of Historic Harlem Parks, gave an update on a plethora of good news happening in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.

The Park, which runs from 120th Street to 124th Street, and from Madison Avenue to Mount Morris Park West, is the home to the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower, the Harlem Drummers, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a swimming pool, and from what we heard in this meeting, it may be the new home of Harlem Eat Up!

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It’s Time to Show ‘Em Whatcha Got ~ Amateur Night Auditions at Historic Apollo Theater March 25th

 

 

 

Amateur Night courtesy The Apollo Theater

Since 1934, aspiring performers have come to The Apollo to “Be Good or Be Gone!” On Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Apollo (253 W. 125th Street) will hold live auditions for its signature program, Amateur Night at The Apollo, the quintessential talent competition and one of the longest-running events in the world.

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The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification & the Struggle Over Harlem ~ a Virtual Conversation on March 21st

 

 

 

With its gleaming shopping centers and refurbished row houses, today’s Harlem bears little resemblance to the neighborhood of the midcentury urban crisis. In The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem, first published in 2017 by Harvard University Press, Brian D. Goldstein traces Harlem’s Second Renaissance to a surprising source: the radical social movements of the 1960s that resisted city officials and fought to give Harlemites control of their own destiny. Inspired by the civil rights movement, young activists envisioned a Harlem built by and for its low-income, predominantly African American population. In the succeeding decades, however, the community-based organizations they founded came to pursue a very different goal: a neighborhood with national retailers and increasingly affluent residents.

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Living With Art Presents’ Women Who Paint: Are Fearless’ During Women’s History Month

 

 

 

Yael Dresdner, Mini Torsos for the exhibition ‘Women Who Paint’ at Living with Art. Image courtesy of the artist and Living with Art Salon. Photo credit: Connie Lee

On the heals of the exhibition, ‘Figuratively: Real and Imagined‘, Living with Art Salon will open its doors to the exhibition ‘Women Who Paint: Are Fearless‘ on March 13th, highlighting the work of three contemporary artists ~ Beth Barry, Silvia Battistuzzi and Yael Dresdner. Collectively their paintings are in conversation through color, brush stroke, shape and natural forms, interpreted by each artist.

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Simone Elizabeth Saunders: Unearthing Unicorns at Claire Oliver Gallery in March, 2023

 

 

 

Simone Elizabeth Saunders, Release in Darkness, 2022, Unearthing. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery

Claire Oliver Gallery will open its doors to Unearthing Unicorns, the debut solo exhibition by artist Simone Elizabeth Saunders. Unearthing Unicorns showcases large-scale textile artworks that explore the iconography of the famed high Renaissance era Unicorn Tapestries and Art Nouveau advertising through a contemporary Black feminist lens. The artist’s sweeping art historical reframing is rendered in vibrant polychrome hand-tufted textiles that both reference the prized woven tapestries of the Renaissance as well as the more contemporary feminist craft movement of the later 20th century. Unearthing Unicorns will be on view in Harlem March 17 – May 13, 2023.

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NYCEDC Reimagines Harlem Mart 125 ~ Take the Survey & Share Your Vision

 

 

 

Mart 125 opened in 1986 as an indoor market providing local street vendors with an opportunity to be part of a brick-and-mortar, working rain or shine. Located at 252 West 125th Street, across the street from the legendary Apollo Theater and Victoria Theatre, it was an incubator for Black Owned Businesses selling unique items and food.

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