The West Harlem Art Fund is embarking on a new journey. We will produce engaging interventions, panel talks, tours, thematic series and exhibitions that are more immersive. Getting to the root where all life matters. Connecting with others in mutual exchanges — fostering growth and cultural appreciation versus appropriation. We wish to […]
Nicola Lucchi, courtesy of the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) was the featured speaker at the West Harlem Art Fund benefit dinner. The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) is a 501c3 nonprofit exhibition and research center established in 2013 in New York City to promote public appreciation and advance the study of modern […]
Tonight, we close our interventions series Under the Viaduct for 2015. Emotions are high. Artists worked very hard for this final installment and we had to deal with change of dates and other considerations but we pushed through. I would like to thank everyone who made these interventions from June to October possible. Lady K […]
The West Harlem Art Fund was inspired this year with poetry from former US poet laureate Rita Dove. Her poem, Under the Viaduct, 1932 focused on the sounds and movements underneath these structures. The Design Trust of NY recently published a study called Under the Elevated which shares the history of NYC’s el trains. And […]
Professor Ed Darino from Pratt’s Digital Art, has created an animated video of our logo SYNCED. The various teams are getting excited. We will present original artwork that will use technology to embed in these original works by Northern Manhattan artists.
“Performance that is improper can shift the air.” by Thomas DeFranz Move over Marina Abramovic! Black artists have been creating performance art for decades. An often misunderstood art form. Performance art disrupts conventional thinking and the presentation of art. The West Harlem Art Fund has invited Harlem-based artist Dianne Smith to present her 1st performance […]
The West Harlem Art Fund is so pleased to bring improvisation to Under the Viaduct. The organization has selected Movement Playdates. This team will show how we can all live life more artfully. The lineup for Under the Viaduct is growing for Saturday, July 18th. Time for this intervention is 4 p.m. About Playdates Playdates is […]
NYC Light 2015 chose “Shuffled Light” for projection at their Opening Ceremony Press Event in January 2015. This was an official event of the United Nations “International Year of Light & Light-based Technologies”. ”Shuffling” various segments from five (5) pieces shown in 2014 created the piece. New light was also added and, of course, the […]
Dubbed Directions acknowledges how construction is apart of everyday city life. We have to re-route and navigate constant change. This intervention is a play on street and construction signage and how we can still make ourselves feel safe within constant flux. LADY K-FEVER (b. Canada) is a New York based inter-disciplinary artist and curator working […]
Still image from Cloud Mapping by Debra Swack Still Image from What We Were, What We Are, What We Will Be by Bryan Christie Public Art Curator Savona Bailey-McClain is presenting FRESH EYES, an exclusive, site-specific Harlem Digi-Tour for FRIEZE WEEK. The tour will spotlight points in the Mt. Morris Historic District where she’s […]
UNDER THE VIADUCT 2015 Informational Meeting for West Harlem & Northern Manhattan Visual Artists Digital Media Opportunity Thursday, April 30, 2015 6- 8:30 p.m. West Harlem Development Corporation 423 W 127th St, New York, NY 10027 Presented by The West Harlem Art Fund in partnership with Pratt Digital Arts.
And when we say, GEAR UP, we really mean it. The West Harlem Art Fund is planning some lifestyle interventions for Under the Viaduct. With support from the NYC Department of Transportation, WHAF hopes to create temporary lanes for new and experienced riders on 12th Avenue. Signage will be created by street artists and then […]
The West Harlem Art Fund (WHAF) will increase access to the “arts” for West Harlem and NYC residents by developing light based and digitally based art works. These works will be shared through their new digi-theater platform and outdoor intervention series. According to Executive Director Savona Bailey-McClain, “In order to better engage local residents with […]
In honor of Michael Jackson, the King of Pops! the Street Artist Lady K Fever and the Curator Savona produced a graffitti tribute in West Harlem on 12th Avenue, Under the Viaduct. Enjoy the imagery and Video.
The 2nd installment of our lighting intervention is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th. There will be sound, graffiti and more digital art to show the public from 125th Street to 135th Street. This intervention series also complements the “H” installation by lighting designer and artist Bentley Meeker. To learn more about the intervention series, its […]
The West Harlem Art Fund reached out to Harlem Biospace which is located in the old Sweets Laboratory building in Manhattanville, to provide some images for their lighting intervention. The Executive Director is an alum of Bronx High School of Science and wanted to connect that important discipline into the program. By showing how cool […]
Lawn moaning 1:48 min 2012 After the rain drifted away and the sun comes out they come one by one, in harmony with the moans and groans from neighbors who just wanted a quiet moment. EVA OLSSON is a Swedish artist who works with contemporary art where moving image is her major way […]
The West Harlem Art Fund is spearheading a public art initiative for the communities of West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood. Communities along the Hudson River, want to enhance their open public spaces and attract artist locally, regionally and beyond. Northern Manhattan neighborhoods understand the benefits of the “arts” and that it can improve […]
The West Harlem Art Fund is so pleased to have regional artists Dennis Hlynsky and Dr. Henry Gwiazda joining our lighting intervention series as well as husband and wife team Jonas Nilsson and Eva Olsson from Sweden. Their participation is showing that West Harlem is budding a real art scene that is both contemporary and […]
Artists from Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn are now participating in the lighting intervention Repurpose. All of the interventions will be along 12th Avenue in local restaurants, sidewalks and buttress walls underneath the viaduct. The Riverside Drive Viaduct, also known as the 12th Avenue viaduct, was built in 1900 by the City of New York, […]