Daily Plant: Parks Celebrates Black History Month With Gallery Show

Wednesday, February 1, 2012Volume XXVII, Number 5551

Parks Celebrates Black History Month With Gallery Show”Faith, Courage
& Purpose: Artists of the Diaspora”
On Display Through February 28, 2012

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is pleased to
announce Faith, Courage & Purpose: Artists of the Diaspora, an
exhibition of seven artists with more than twenty artworks on view at
the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park.

On display through February 28, 2012, visitors to the Arsenal can view
this rich tradition of Diaspora artists whose faith and courage have
enabled them to continue on course in spite of racial adversity and
exclusion.

Curated by Karen and Sharon Mackey, founders of Mackey Twins Art
Gallery, the exhibition includes: internationally renowned artist
James Denmark’s captivating signature collages; co-founder of the
Studio Museum in Harlem and Children’s Art Carnival Betty Blayton’s
noted circular canvases of “spiritual abstracts”; Leroy Campbell’s
captivating images of rural and urban life on backdrops of old
newspaper prints, fabrics and objects; Charly Palmer’s complex
collaged images make use of stenciled patterns and textured mixed
media; Stacey Brown’s watercolors of serene and peaceful getaways;
works by Essud Fungcap, the “composer of color, mediums, and
emotions,” and April Harrison’s tapestry-like images of love.

Located in Mount Vernon, New York, the Mackey Twins Art Gallery was
founded in 2005 by twin sisters Karen and Sharon Mackey. Dedicated to
supporting artists of color, who are not sufficiently represented in
larger art venues, they remain true to cultivating communities of
collectors. Artworks from this exhibition are available for purchase.

This exhibition is organized by Parks & Recreation’s Art & Antiquities
division in conjunction with Parks’ Ebony Society Black History
Committee, which has helped to organize an annual Black History Month
exhibition in the Arsenal Gallery since 1991.

The Arsenal Gallery is dedicated to examining themes of nature, urban
space, wildlife, New York City parks and park history. It is located
on the third floor of the Parks Department Headquarters, in Central
Park, on Fifth Avenue at 64th Street. Gallery hours are Monday –
Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Admission is free. For
more information on the Arsenal Gallery, please call 212-360-8163.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

“Pregressive art can assist people to learn not only about the
objective forces at work in the socity in which they live, but also
about the intensity social character of their interior lives.
Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.”

Angela Davis
(1944 – )

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