New Program

Covid 19 revealed that many Americans wanted to connect more with nature, people, and meaningful activities. For years, the arts community has been trying to engage the public. It wasn’t until we lost those connections that people rallied to save them. The West Harlem Art Fund is developing two Public Program Fellowships to create programs […]

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BIPOC AS CERAMISTS

Kevin Snipes was born in Philadelphia, but grew up mostly in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After leaving grad school at the University of Florida in 2003 Kevin has led a seemingly nomadic artistic life, constantly making making no matter where he […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT COLLINS OBIJIAKU

Collins Obijiaku is a young, up-and-coming artist from Kaduna, Nigeria. His work is a celebration of blackness through elegantly constructed portraits. Gazing at his paintings is to be transported into a world where black people exist for themselves, innately elegant and unfazed by the world and its never-ending problems. There is an affective connection between […]

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WHO IS GIO SWABY?

My work revolves around an exploration of identity, more specifically, the intersections of Blackness and womanhood. I am interested in the ways in which this physical identity can serve as a positive force of connection and closeness, while also examining its imposed relationship to otherness. Giovanna Swaby is a Bahamian artist, currently based in Vancouver. She […]

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NICK CAVE UNTIL

  Nick Cave: Until was curated by Denise Markonish, MASS MoCA and organized for the Momentary by Lauren Haynes. The exhibition was organized by MASS MoCA and co-produced with Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Principal exhibition support was provided by an anonymous gift. Major exhibition support was provided by the […]

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CITY OF WATER DAY INSTALLATION

New York, NY… The West Harlem Art Fund is proud to present for City of Water Day, Brooklyn-based floral designer Joshua Werber. Werber will “flower bomb” an outdoor sculptural work adjoining Building 10B on Governors Island in Nolan Park. Joshua Werber’s installation “Goals are Fluid” is a site specific reaction to, and a collaboration with, […]

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GET TO KNOW NELSON MAKAMO

  Artist Nelson Makamo, born in 1982, is best known for his portraits of children from his native country of South Africa. He was born with a natural artistic talent that took him to Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg to study print making. Makamo’s most distinguished exhibition to date was the 2006 Ten Years of Printmaking: […]

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ADAM PENDLETON

I think language that stands it’s ground is ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Adam Pendleton (born 1984, Richmond, Virginia) is an American conceptual artist known for his multi-disciplinary practice, involving painting, silkscreen, collage, video and performance. His work often involves the investigation of language and the recontextualization of history through appropriated imagery. His art has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the New Museum, and other shows internationally, including La Triennale […]

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ADGER COWANS

Whether you’re using film, digital, print-making, it’s all about the emotion in the photograph or painting or whatever. Capturing those feelings that come through you—if you’re honest and true, it translates so that other people can feel them. Cowans is one the most influential artists of his generation. Adger Cowans (b. 1936) was one of […]

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BLACK — FEMALE — SUFFRAGETTES

On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote, passed in the United States. This year marks the centennial of that historic moment. And though Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton were the primary leaders of the movement, that vote would never had happened without the advocacy of Black suffragettes. […]

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GRADA KILOMBA: HEROINES, BIRDS AND MONSTER

  GRADA KILOMBA Heroines, Birds and Monsters series, Antigone, 2020 GRADA KILOMBA Heroines, Birds and Monsters series, Creon and Haemon, 2020 GRADA KILOMBA Heroines, Birds and Monsters series, Sphinx Act I, 2020 Goodman Gallery is pleased to present Heroines, Birds and Monsters, Grada Kilomba’s new series of photographic works, in which the artist carefully captures […]

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FEYZ STUDIO

Feyza Koksal was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She completed her Bachelor’s of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, and her Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University GSAPP in New York City. Her training in architecture, art, glassblowing and woodworking pushed her to launch her own architecture and design studio where the […]

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LORNA SIMPSON IN PLACE

A selection of collaged work by the acclaimed artist is part of a new online solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, titled “Give Me Some Moments.” The digital show encompasses works originally created for a planned solo exhibition at the gallery’s Hong Kong location for early March, as well as several works created in the […]

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GRAFFITI IS COMING BACK

Graffiti and street art can be controversial. But it can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest, or expressions of community desire. What, how, and where are examples of graffiti as a positive force in communities? David Maddox There is no surprise that during hardship, graffiti becomes popular. Known for being edgy […]

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NEW WORKS BY FIRELEI BAEZ

James Cohan is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Firelei Báez, on view at 48 Walker Street and online through May 10, 2020. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with James Cohan. Firelei Báez casts diasporic histories into an imaginative realm, reworking visual references drawn from the past to explore new possibilities for […]

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BLACK IN REMBRANDT’S TIME

As a museum we hope that this exhibition will make an impact. HERE. Black in Rembrandt’s Time makes a powerful statement about black presence and representation in the Netherlands, about better looking and blind spots, about having a voice and a changing image.” – Lidewij de Koekkoek, Director of The Rembrandt House Museum     The stereotypes […]

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TAKE THE HOUSE

Malin Gallery is presenting an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Oliver Lee Jackson: Take the House. Based in Oakland, the 84-year-old artist has been pursuing his singular artistic vision for over five decades.Take the House is the gallery’s third solo exhibition of work by Jackson and follows his acclaimed exhibition at the National Gallery, […]

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HE PROVED THEM WRONG — EDWARD MITCHELL BANNISTER

Edward Mitchell Bannister’s determination to become a successful artist was largely fueled by an inflammatory article he read in the New York Herald in 1867, that stated “the Negro seems to have an appreciation for art while being manifestly unable to produce it.” Ironically, less than a decade later, in 1876, Bannister was the first African-American artist […]

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A NEW DECADE

The West Harlem Art Fund will turn 22 years old on January 1, 2020. A double digit year like 2020. Number 4 resonates with the vibrations and energies of practicality, organization and exactitude, service, patience, devotion, application, pragmatism, patriotism, dignity, trust, worthiness, endurance, loyalty, mastery, building solid foundations, conservatism, determination, production and hard work.  Number […]

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JOHN DOWELL– PHOTO EXHIBITION ON COTTON

Laurence Miller Gallery presents the New York City debut of John Dowell’s COTTON: Symbol of the Forgotten. Dowell blends a unique mixture of spiritualism, historical awareness, racial angst and deft technique to create photographic works that inspire the viewer to recognize the injustices imposed upon the black community, especially in New York, over the past 400 […]

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TXEMA YESTE: SOLO EXHIBITION

Staley-Wise Gallery presents the photographs of Txema Yeste in his first solo exhibition. Yeste began his career as a photojournalist and has maintained a long-time commitment to photographing vibrant traditional Spanish costume. Both influences are reflected in his fashion photographs. This exhibition provides a glimpse into a world of powerful and sophisticated figures with strong […]

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VANESSA GERMAN

Fort Gansevoort, in association with Pavel Zoubok Fine Art presents Vanessa German, TRAMPOLINE: Resilience & Black Body & Soul, opening Thursday, November 7th, 2019 in the Meatpacking District near Little 12th Street and Ninth Avenue. German’s exhibition will showcase her richly encrusted sculptures, which she refers to as power-figures, alongside a series of wall-mounted altars […]

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MFA launches new ‘Banner Project’

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), unveils a new installation by Robert Pruitt (born 1975), inaugurating a new series of annual commissions that engages artists to create large-scale banners to be hung from the glass ceiling of the I. M. Pei-designed Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. Born in Houston and based in New […]

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COURAGEOUS WOMAN

In November, Harriet Tubman will be in the spotlight across the country. Below is some information on this Courageous Woman that you many or may not know. Her admirers called her “Moses” or “General Tubman,” but she was born Araminta Ross. It’s unclear exactly when the woman who would be known as Harriet Tubman was […]

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THE FACADE COMMISSION BY WANGECHI MUTU

Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu has been selected to create sculptures for The Met’s Fifth Avenue facade niches—the first-ever such installation on the Museum’s historic exterior—inaugurating a new annual artist commission series. The works will be unveiled on September 9, 2019, and be on view through January 12, 2020. The museum’s facade niches have remained bare since its inception […]

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TONI MORRISON

Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another. — Toni Morrison Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Chloe Anthony Wofford “Toni” Morrison graduated from Howard University in 1953, and went to graduate school at Cornell University. She later taught English at Howard University, and also married and had two children before divorcing in 1964. […]

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has received an endowment from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to establish a conservation fellowship to preserve, care for, and conduct research on photography by a diverse range of established and emerging artists in the Guggenheim’s collection. In addition to the endowed fellowship, the Guggenheim will develop the Robert Mapplethorpe Collection […]

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AFRICAN ART GIFT BY JEAN PIGOZZI TO MOMA

  The Museum of Modern Art announces a major gift of 45 works of African contemporary art from the prolific collector Jean Pigozzi. The gift includes a selection of sculptures by Romuald Hazoumè (Beninese, born 1962) and Bodys Isek Kingelez (Congolese, 1948–2015); paintings by Moké (Congolese, 1950–2001) and Cheri Samba (Congolese, born 1956); an extraordinary […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT — GLEN LIGON

Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) is an artist living and working in New York. Through his work he pursues an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society across a body of work that builds critically on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art. He is best known for his text-based paintings, made […]

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A THOUSAND PLATEAUS: CHRIS BERNTSEN, CAMILLE HOFFMAN, KAMBUI OLUJIMI, AND PATRICE RENEE WASHINGTON

Jenkins Johnson Projects, New York, is pleased to present A Thousand Plateaus, a group exhibition curated by Hank Willis Thomas with Daphne Takahashi, featuring new works by Chris Berntsen, Camille Hoffman, Kambui Olujimi, and Patrice Renee Washington. The title draws upon the 1980 philosophical text A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari which examines the idea of “assemblage” – an entity […]

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IN MEMORIAM — JOE OVERSTREET

            My paintings don’t let the onlooker glance over them, but rather take them deeply into them and let them out—many times by differ­ent routes,” the artist Joe Overstreet once said, describing viewing experiences that can be variously harrowing and exhilarating. “These trips are taken sometimes subtly and sometimes suddenly.” […]

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LEONARDO DREW : CITY IN THE GRASS

Madison Square Park Conservancy has commissioned Leonardo Drew to create a monumental new public art project for the Park opening this spring. Marking the Conservancy’s 38th commissioned exhibition and the artist’s most ambitious work to date, City in the Grass will present a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama. Building on […]

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WARDELL MILAN: PARISIAN LANDSCAPES, BLUE ZENITH

David Nolan Gallery presents Parisian Landscapes, Blue Zenith, an exhibition of new works by Wardell Milan. For his second solo exhibition at the gallery, the artist has created large-scale collages, paintings, and various photo-based works. The term “Blue Zenith” is borrowed from a passage in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1836 essay “Nature” describing “the point in […]

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