Richmond Barthé ‘Exodus & Dance’ at Kingsborough Houses to be Restored




Richmond Barthé’s Green Pastures: The Walls of Jericho (1938), a sculpture located at the Kingsborough Houses (also in Crown Heights). Barthé, who identified as homosexual, is considered the most important sculptor of African-American modernism in the first half of the twentieth century. Photos via NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

In 2021, the Fulton Art Fair celebrated Black History Month and the 100th birthday of artist Richmond Barthé with the announcement of a restoration for the much loved relief,  ‘Exodus and Dance.’ at Kingsborough Houses in Weeksville, Brooklyn.

At Kingsborough Houses for the groundbreaking on restoration work on Exodus and Dance. Image: The NYCHA Journal, January 18, 2024

The Richmond Barthé’ project finished design in the fall of 2022, and in an update in the NYCHA Journal, January, 2024, a groundbreaking was held at the development to announce a new partnership between NYCHA, the Public Housing Community Fund, and the Mellon Foundation, which provided a $2 million grant to restore the artwork as well as establish an artist-in-residence program and other place-based interventions to be chosen by Kingsborough Houses residents and community stakeholders.

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