New York City is bursting with artistic culture! But what about events and exhibitions tailored to Black professionals in Harlem and Brooklyn? Take a look at the art happenings being curated this season specifically for you and your history!
1. Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March
January 16, 2015 – June 9, 2015
This exhibit features the stunning and historic photographs of Stephen Somerstein, documenting the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March in January 1965. Somerstein was a student in City College of New York’s night school and Picture Editor of his student newspaper when he traveled to Alabama to document the March.
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
2. BERT WILLIAMS to GEORGE GERSHWIN: Harlem’s Black & Jewish Music Culture
February 5, 2015 – June 3, 2015
An exhibition curated by John Reddick, the Harlem historian and Columbia University Community Scholar. The exhibit is drawn from his personal collection of sheet music and Harlem memorabilia.
Settepani, 196 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10026
3. Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
February 20, 2015 – May 24, 2015
A New Republic portraits everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/kehinde_wiley_new_republic, @brooklynmuseum, or #kehindewiley
4. Salon Style
March 26, 2015 – June 28, 2015
Salon Style explores the use of hair and nails as fluid sites of identity and self-expression through work primarily drawn from the Studio Museum’s permanent collection. The collection contains almost two thousand works of art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, installation and performance.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
5. Harlem Arts Festival Gala 2015
April 2, 2015
Celebrate and support our artists and the local community at the fourth annual Harlem Arts Festival Gala! It’s the perfect way to set the stage for HAF 2015! This year HAF honors Dr. Brenda Green with the Lynnette Velasco Community Impact Award. Guests will also enjoy cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, dance party, and performances HAF2015 Artists Farrah Boule, Samora Pinderhughes, and Alia Kache.
Madiba at MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026
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