Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem



Opening Reception, Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem on December 10

Barbara Horowitz, Community Works & Voza Rivers, New Heritage Theatre Group, The Harlem Arts Alliance and Harlem Hospital Center present Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem

Artist Ademola Olugebfola, Co-Curator Barbara Horowitz, and Voza Rivers

Above image, Artist Ademola Olugebfola, with Founder/President of Community Works & Co-Curator of Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem, Barbara Horowitz and Voza Rivers, Executive Director, New Heritage Theatre Group.

Below, Barbara Horowitz sharing  a fun moment with Artist, Ademola Olugebfola and Photographer, Henry Adebonojo at the Opening Reception of Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem.

Co-curator, Barbara Horowitz, Artist, Ademola Olugebfola & Photographer, Henry Adebonojo

Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem features the works of thirteen emerging and established artists who have played a role in creating, shaping and documenting Harlem.  One of the featured artists, Ademola Olugebefola, is 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, along with another of the featured artists, Dindga McCannon.  Other participating artists include photographer Henry Adebonojo, Tau Battice, Elan Cadiz, Bryan Collier, Sophia Dawson, Ronald A. Draper, Delano Dunn, David Vades Joseph, Ruth Morgan, Lina Puerta, and Shawn Walker.  The exhibition also includes a permanent installation of a thirty-foot timeline detailing the history of Harlem.

Works by fiber-artist, Dindga McCannon
Photography in forefront,f David Vades Joseph.  Behind the photo exhibit is a WPA/FAP mural c.1936, Pursuit of Happiness’ by artist Vertis Hayes (1911-2000), 800 square feet, 6 panels. Permanently on view at Harlem Hospital.

Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem will be on view from December 6, 2017 to February 28, 2018.  The exhibition will be located at the Harlem Hospital Mural Pavilion, 512 Malcolm X Boulevard at 136th Street, directly across the street from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, curated by Barbara Horowitz and Elan Cadiz-Ferguson.

Related events include a three-part ‘Sunday Artist Talk Series‘ during the months of January and February, 2018 that will include: Woman of Spirit of Community, Photographers of Spirit of Community, and Art and Activism.

Save the Date, January 21st at 3pm for Art Talk with photographers of the exhibit, Telling Our Stories.  RSVP Required.

The exhibit, Spirit of Community: Art of Harlem with historic WPA mural, Pursuit of Happiness c.1936, in the background. This mural is part of the public art collection of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Spirit of Community is part of a series of exhibitions. If memory serves me, the first one was held at the Dwyer Cultural Center in 2011, and also included Ademola Olugebefola.

*This program is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Con Edison, The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Community Works, New Heritage Theatre Group, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Hospital Center and the Joseph and Diane Steinberg Foundation.

Co-curator, Barbara Horowitz and Artist, Ademola Olugebfola

Want to see more work by the artist Ademola Olugebefola?  Journey to Africa, December 14 at X Gallery, Harlem.  A look-back at his exhibition at the Hamilton Landmark Galleries.

Curious about the historic WPA murals in Harlem Hospital. Read more here.



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  1. To create an engaging cultural arts experience at the Gallery, Volunteer DIVAS will provide a variety of tasks: Welcome & orient visitors, sign-in guests & act as hosts & docents for group tours through the exhibit.
    Carolyn Ramey -Simply Volunteer!

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