On Monday, February 8, 2016, Community Works opened two exhibitions celebrating Harlem and the African American experience in New York – one at Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street and the other Uptown, at our very own MIST Harlem.
harlem is…DOWNTOWN is staged at Federal Hall, and encompasses four of Community Works’ trademark Harlem-historic exhibits: harlem is…ACTIVISM, harlem is MUSIC, harlem is…THEATER, and harlem is…DANCE. All can be seen here, together for the first time, on three floors of this majestic site. The exhibition traces the journey of African Americans from the arrival of the first slave ships in Lower Manhattan in the 1600s to present-day Harlem and celebrates the iconic persons and places that have helped shape and define Harlem as a cultural destination. It goes on to include the documentary photographs of Ruth Morgan, historically-themed quilts by Michael Cummings, original art by Bryan Collier from his best-selling children’s book on Harlem: Uptown, the work of Donovan Nelson and Hubert Williams, and inspired visual and literary art created by New York City schoolchildren and young artists from Betty Blayton Taylor’s Art Carnival.
harlem is…DOWNTOWN runs through April 15th at Federal Hall, which is open weekdays from 9am-5pm and free to visit. An Open House Reception will be held on Monday, February 29th at 6pm. CLICK HERE to view the invitation and RSVP. Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
Community Works continues the celebration at MIST Harlem with harlem is…A STATE OF MIND, an exhibition highlighting the artists and art-forms that have contributed to the community’s lasting fame throughout the world. The exhibit showcases the creative spirit of the people and culture of Harlem and includes the contributions of emerging to master artists: Beatrice Lebreton, Diane Davis, Grace Williams, Hubert Williams, JaSon Auguste, Laura Gadson, Makeba Rainey, Michael Cummings, Ming Smith, Ozier Muhammad, Ramona Candy, Tafa, and historian John Reddick. Visit the exhibition throughout the MIST space, located at 46 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026. There will be an Artist Reception in March; details to be announced. harlem is…A STATE OF MIND runs through June 30, 2016.