Special Events

UPCOMING
Date postponed
Due to coronavirus
RICE IS CULTURE

Rice around the world is thought of as Asian. But rice is just as African as it is Asian. Oryza glaberrima was cultivated from wild rice that needed humans when the Sahara was drying. That knowledge fueled the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade where Africans were brought west.

Rice dominated the United States and particularly South Carolina for two hundred years by these African slaves. When Black culture migrated north, Harlem became its capital. A mecca where traditions could be preserved and human rights championed.

Spend an evening learning about rice with curator and historian Savona Bailey-McClain, JJ Johnson, chef of rice restaurant FieldTrip, and rice farmer Nfamara Badjie. Learn how the culture of rice has impacted Black culture as we trace its roots from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. After the discussion guests will enjoy a scrumptious rice dish prepared by celebrity chef JJ Johnson.

Savona Bailey-Mcclain (Moderator)- historian & director of West Harlem Art Fund
JJ Johnson- chef and owner of FIELDTRIP in Harlem
Nfamara Badjie- Gambian rice farmer & owner of Ever-Growing Family Farm 
Organization: MOFAD
Location: The Africa Center: 1280 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm. The panel begins at 7pm with reception to follow.

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Gullah food is one of the oldest world traditions being practiced in America today. It is about ancestral ties and American living, adaptability, and creativity.

PAST EVENT

Saturday, February 22, 2020

The year 2020 is very special. Four American centennials are being celebrated across the country. Yet there’s another centennial that is not American but has impacted this nation deeply. In 1920, the Mexican Revolution ended. The government was trying to figure out how best to unify the country after the war. What was decided — bring back an art tradition that dates before Columbus and for which the people loved. Murals have depicted everything from historical events such as wars to religious ceremonies like human sacrifices.

Mexican artists like Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros revitalized the Italian fresco style because it cemented their beautiful works with powerful messages, permanently in public spaces.

During the Depression, the Roosevelt Administration created the WPA and the Federal Arts Project to also unify this country. Our government wanted to show how it could positively impact our population and get them back to work.

Many famous artists like Jackson Pollack, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko and including African American greats like Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Charles Alston, Aaron Douglas, Hale Woodruff, and Elizabeth Catlett participated.

This talk will elaborate on this special time at the Throckmorton Fine Arts Gallery in midtown and moderated by Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director & Chief Curator, West Harlem Art Fund.

Throckmorton Fine Arts Gallery
145 East 57th Street, 3rd Floor
New York NY 10022
3 p.m.


Saturday, February 1, 2020
A ROUNDED VIEW — Artist Talk with Dianne Smith and Kraig Blue on select works being shown at Master Drawings. Hear perspectives from artists of color on European art. Moderated by Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director of the West Harlem Art Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PAST EXHIBITIONS

CROSSING THE SANDS
NP/10 (NOLAN PARK/BUILDING 10)
Governors Island
Saturdays and Sundays
August 24th — October 27th, 2019
12 pm — 5 pm

The West Harlem Art Fund is pleased to present Crossing the Sands, a contemporary art exhibition with artists representing the Caribbean, Africa, and the Americas. Located in the historic district of Nolan Park on Governors Island, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy both works of art and the venue which is an old military home completed in 1878.

Artists include: Jasmin Charles, Chioma Ebinama, Megan Gabrielle, Iliana Garcia, Scherezade Garcia, Juanita Lanzo and Dianne Smith.

This show is curated by Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director & Chief Curator of the West Harlem Art Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Upcoming LIVE Talks/Podcasts & Events
October Schedule

LIVE Talk w/Film Premieres
— HOME & UTICA
Saturday, October 5th, 2019 @ 2pm

Nadia DeLane is a multimedia designer and visual storyteller working in installation, film, digital and fine art. DeLane has produced creative content for organizations and institutions including the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, Stone Lantern Films and Turnstone Productions.  She has consulted on several award-winning animated films and documentaries and her work has been featured in online publications such as AI-AP’s Design Arts Daily (DART).

DeLane’s documentary film, HOME, tells homegrown stories of first and second-generation Latin@, Caribbean, and West Indian Americans as they reveal truths about assimilation and American culture.

UTICA is an original film about thought. A community is in turmoil as its members sort through telepathic messages. A self-hating telepath must decide whether he will protect the public or safeguard his own mind.


LIVE READING
Three Skeleton Key
Sunday, October 27th, 2019 @ 2pm

“Three Skeleton Key” is a short story by the French author Georges-Gustave Toudouze. The January 1937 edition of Esquire marked its first appearance in English. This suspenseful tale and “Leiningen Versus the Ants” were discovered by the magazine’s editor Arnold Gingrich.

Georges-G. Toudouze (1877-1972) was born in Paris, France. His father, Gustave Toudouze, was a well-known author of the time. The younger Toudouze wrote on such topics as art, architecture, travel and French naval history. Although he penned numerous adventure novels and short stories, he is today remembered for a single work: “Three Skeleton Key.”


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