The Guerrilla Wall in El Barrio Explores Rezoning & Gentrification ~ The Harlem Art Collective (HART)





Image taken July 3, 2017

HART: The Harlem Art Collective is the creative force behind The Guerrilla Gallery located on 116th Street, between Second and Third Avenues in El Barrio. The Wall is repainted regularly, with images portraying political and social messages. In addition, the collective has extended their creativity to visiting tourists by way of The Hart House – an Airbnb renting two rooms in an art-filled, five-bedroom apartment, using the proceeds to fund free art workshops for local artists. Their guests have the added bonus of the collectives local knowledge of great places to see, fabulous places to eat, and how to see El Barrio not like a tourist.

Today, we found the artists addressing the serious local issue of rezoning and gentrification, in the way they know best – on The Guerrilla Wall. Below are a few images we took while we were there.









Portraying developers, realtors, and new buyers, artist Matt Samuelson painted the figures at bottom




A beautiful piece of art, off-the-wall, watching over us all


You can follow HART: The Harlem Art Collective on Facebook. Learn more about the culture & history of El Barrio at East Harlem Preservation.  Take a look at buildings of historical and cultural significance & the work being done to preserve them at Landmark East Harlem.  Learn more about El Barrio.  Also check out NHEMA and 100 Gate Project, taking place in East Harlem this summer.

Be part of the solution – join Hunter East Harlem Art Gallery artist-in resident, Jason Lazarus on Wednesday, July 12th and create a poster for the rezoning hearing, which will be held at Hunter East Harlem’s Silberman School of Social Work on Thursday, July 13th at 6:30pm.  The event, A Century of Dissent, will take place at the Gallery, from 3-5 pm, located at 119th Street and Lexington Avenue, enter on 119th Street.

HART – The Guerrilla Wall 2018.

HART – The Guerrilla Wall 2017.

Keeping an Eye on The Guerrilla Wall.

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