Harlem – News

Harlem – News November 11, 2011

Morgan Karr Returns To Joe’s Pub 1111 (BroadwayWorld)
Singer/Songwriter Morgan Karr returns to the newly renovated Joe’s Pub, November 11, 2011 at 11:11 PM to give a benefit concert for the New York-based arts outreach organization, Sing for Hope, responsible for the Pop-Up Pianos placed around city parks and public spaces over the summer.

Up in smoke (DM News)
Sure, smoking cigarettes will most likely kill you – if a misstep off the curb in front of a city bus or some other misadventure doesn’t grim-reap you first.

Pedestrian Burdens: Send Us Pics of the Parking Garages Killing Your Street (Streetsblog)
At 1 Morningside Drive, parking minimums forced the construction of a 148-space garage.

Comptroller: Metro-North workers got more than $1 million in ‘avoidable’ OT (LoHud)
To report allegations of fraud, corruption and abuse of taxpayer money, call the comptroller’s hotline at 888-672-4555. Complaints can be filed online at investigations@osc.state.ny.us or mailed to State Comptroller Investigations Unit, 110 State St., 14th Floor, Albany, NY 12236.

Corbin Hill Road Farm in Harlem is Delivering Farm-Fresh Produce to Harlem This Winter
Corbin Hill Road Farm in Harlem is Delivering Farm-Fresh Produce to Harlem This Winter (Harlem World)
Corbin Hill Road Farm is announcing its first ever Winter Farm Share, which will deliver fruit and vegetables from upstate New York farms to communities throughout Harlem and the Bronx.
Robin Hood Announces Winners of 2011 Heroes Award (BroadwayWorld)
Robin Hood, New York City’s largest private poverty fighting organization today honored a few special New Yorkers and organizations that have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and made a lasting impact in the fight against poverty.





The Bearden Project is now open!

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Left: Leonardo Drew, Untitled, 2011. Courtesy the artist. Right: Njideka Aunyili, Efulefu: The Lost One, 2011. Courtesy the artist

The Bearden Project

In honor of the centennial celebration of Romare Bearden’s birth, the Studio Museum is inviting one hundred artists to create new works of art inspired, influenced, or informed by the life, work, and legacy of one of the most important artists of the twentieth Century. The Museum will share these works with the public through The Bearden Project, a dynamic exhibition initiative that will grow and change throughout the centennial year. Featured artists include Edgar Arceneaux, Mark Bradford, Sanford Biggers, Simone Leigh, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Dominique Moody, Faith Ringgold, Alison Saar, Shinique Smith, and many more.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum has launched thebeardenproject.studiomuseum.org an ever-changing, interactive exhibition site spotlighting a rotating roster of participating artists as well as information about and a map of tri-state area museums displaying Bearden works in celebration of the centennial. Each week the site will feature ten artists, sharing their story of inspiration and a high-resolution image of their artwork.

Fall/Winter 2011–12 Exhibitions are now open!

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Kira Lynn Harris and assistant installing The Block | Bellona, 2011. Photo: Seger Bonnebakker

The Block | Bellona

Kira Lynn Harris reimagines The Block (1971), Romare Bearden’s iconic, six-panel, eighteen-foot-long collage depicting life in Harlem. Bearden’s “block” is occupied by a church, a grocery store, a barbershop, apartment buildings and the people of Harlem who inhabit those spaces. With The Block as a touchstone, Harris, whose interdisciplinary practice mixes video, photography, drawing, painting and site-specific installation, creates a scene of a contemporary, alternate, Harlem inspired by Bellona, the imagined setting of Samuel R. Delany’s classic 1975 science fiction novel Dhalgren.

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Rodney McMillian, Untitled (futon) (video still), 2009. Courtesy the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

VideoStudio: Rodney McMillian / Robin Rhode

VideoStudio is an ongoing series of video and film installations inaugurated in fall 2008. Organized by Exhibition Coordinator and Program Associate Thomas J. Lax, this fifth iteration of the program takes an in-depth look at individual works by Rodney McMillian and Robin Rhode. Rodney McMillian’s Untitled (futon) (2009) will be on view November 10–January 16 and Robin Rhode’s Parabolic Bike (2009–10) will be on view January 19–March 11.

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Betye Saar, Window of Ancient Sirens, 1979, Gift of Wynn and Sally Kramarsky, New York 82.6.1

Collected. Ritual

Collected. Ritual explores the performative and process-oriented aspects of making art and examines ritual as an act of special and sometimes mythical significance. The works in this exhibition were chosen for the innovative ways in which the artists engaged with ritual—including through studio art-making and artistic practices that use symbolic actions. This exhibition, organized by Assistant Curator Naima J. Keith, explores the relationship and nexus between art and ritual through twenty-five works of art from the permanent collection spanning the last thirty years.

Barkley L. Hendricks, Lawdy Mama, 1969. Gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman

Who, What, Wear: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Who, What, Wear: Selections from the Permanent Collection looks at evolutions in style—self-expression, fashion, artistic technique and societal ideals of beauty—as seen through the Studio Museum’s permanent collection. While artists including James VanDerZee (1886–1983) and Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) evoke the Harlem community as an influential and iconic arbiter of style, this exhibition is national and international in scope, surveying artists and subjects from places as varied as West Africa, the Caribbean and the American South. Including both posed portraits and candid scenes, the works on view emphasize how individuals choose to present themselves, rather than how others have represented them historically.

African-American – News

African-American – News November 11, 2011

African weaving unwrapped
African weaving unwrapped (Journalgazette)
Kente is the name of a fabric and it is the name of a fashion, but its significance goes far beyond the simple definitions of either of those words.
Gay Slurs, Al Sharpton and Double Standards (FrontPage Magazine)
Director Brett Ratner was recently forced to resign as producer of the Oscars after using a gay slur.

Black Voters Group Files Redistricting Lawsuit (CBS Local)
A group representing black voters has filed a civil rights lawsuit in hopes of changing Maryland’s recently approved congressional map for the next 10 years.

Chicago Latino aldermen want more City Council seats (WGN-TV Chicago)
The leader of the Chicago City Council ‘s Latino Caucus said today that four more wards should have Latino supermajorities, an announcement that came as the council nears a deadline for redrawing the city’s wards.

How African-Americans Can Get Healthy With Big Helpings Of Soul Food (National Public Radio)
Not at all, says a group of culinary historians, nutritionists and health experts who’ve put together the Oldways African Heritage Diet Pyramid , a new model for healthful eating designed specifically for African-Americans and descendants of Africans everywhere.

Kevan Hall On Why Fashion Matters In Tough Times (National Public Radio)
If you pay attention to the Emmys and Academy Awards, then you’ve probably seen those glamorous, haute couture gowns made by Kevan Hall.

Is It Time To End Women's, African-American, Etc. Sections In Book Stores?
Is It Time To End Women’s, African-American, Etc. Sections In Book Stores? (ThinkProgress)
Pursuant to our discussion about fantasy earlier this week, Salon has an interesting piece on N.K. Jemisin and David Anthony Durham, fantasy, race, and class.
Just Like Atlanta: Charlotte Now an African-American, Democrat-Run City, Chamber, Banks Lose Control (John Locke Foundation)
The Charlotte Observer got it wrong again. Republicans weren’t the big losers in the Charlotte City Council races yesterday, as they reported.