by Kimberli Gant – MoCADA Director of Exhibitions
This group exhibition offers contemporary artistic depictions of women of African descent, focusing specifically on their interiority. Rather than examining women through the objectivity of their bodies, the artists portray African Diasporan women as active participants in their own visual representations. Ain’t I A Woman features works in painting, video, installation and mixed media by damali abrams, Eric Alugas, Kimberly Becoat, Priscila De Carvalho, Andrea Chung, Elizabeth Colomba, William Mwazi, Kenya (Robinson), Phoenix Savage and Francis Simeni.
Taking its title from the 1885 speech given by orator and activist Sojourner Truth, this exhibition attempts to move the conversation toward the intellectual, emotional and spiritual components in the lives of women of African descent. In addition, each featured artist is paired with an African female poet, selected from The Heinemann Book of African Women’s Poetry, who uses their literary works as inspiration.
In addition, the exhibition curator, Kimberli Gant, adds a participatory component. Every visitor will receive a card to answer questions on their own perspectives of women of African descent. The finished cards will be placed one of the gallery walls for viewing during the exhibition.
And Music., a touring exhibition by photographer Cay Fatima
and the featured work of Bernard James, Kwame Brathwaithe,
Backstage or onstage, from Miles to Monk, bebop to funk, this is one exciting and inspirational exhibit. Now through September 30.
529 West 20th Street, 5FL.
New York, NY 10011 212-352 8058
Amoda, SoHyun Bae, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Kidist H. Degaffe, Diako,
Sokey Edorh, Angele Etoundi Essamba, Mary Frank, Paul
Gardere, Bernard Guillot, Fathi Hassan, George Afedzi Hughes, Andre Juste,
Osahenye Kainebi, Souleymane Keita, Khalid Kodi,Wosene Worke Kosrof, Aime
Mpane, AfI Nayo, Uche Okeke, Pefura,
Ibrahim El Salahi, Tesfaye Tessema Uche Okeke,
Nze the Smart, 1958, etching, ed. 7 of 15, 9x7.25 inches
Olu Amoda, SoHyun Bae, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Kidist H. Degaffe,
Diako, Sokey Edorh, Angele Etoundi Essamba, Mary Frank,
Paul Gardere, Bernard Guillot, Fathi Hassan, George Afedzi Hughes, Andre Juste, Osahenye Kainebi, Souleymane Keita, Khalid Kodi,Wosene Worke Kosrof, Aime Mpane, AfI Nayo, Uche Okeke,
Pefura, Ibrahim El Salahi, Tesfaye Tessema
Uche Okeke, Nze the Smart, 1958, etching, ed. 7 of 15, 9x7.25 inches
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is housed in a landmark
building owned by the City of New York and supported, in part, by
public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state
agency; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with
support from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Cultural Affairs
Commissioner Kate D. Levin; the New York City Council; Council
Speaker Christine Quinn; the Queens Delegation of the Council;
Majority Whip, Councilman Leroy Comrie; and Queens Borough
President Helen M. Marshall.
The exhibition presents a variety of African and African Diaspora themes that have been documented by acquisitions over the last 25 years. A diverse selection of treasures include a bill of sale for an enslaved Yoruba woman in Brazil; a document signed by Toussaint Louverture in Haiti in 1800; an 1801 letter from the future king of Northern Haiti, Henry Christophe; an 1857 list of Cuban runaways; Black Manhattan, a collage by Romare Bearden; Marcus Garvey's newspaper The Negro World; and documents from the AME Church, the Nation of Islam, the Hebrew Israelites, the Ethiopian Church; and many more.
In adddition, the exhibition features historical and cultural collections including The Malcolm X Collection, spotlighting photographs of him at various stages in his life, family photos, as well as his Qur’an; The Lorraine Hansberry Collection, which showcases the award-winning playwright’s personal papers, manuscripts, and photographs; the Melville and Frances Herskovits Collection of African and African Diaspora art, papers, and photographs, assembled by the noted anthropologists; and renowned theater historian Helen Armstead Johnson’s collection, which includes historical photos, posters, theater memorabilia, and rarely seen scrapbooks of black entertainers of the 18th and 20th centuries.
Museum of African American Cinema, Inc. and the New York State Black Films &
Video Archives, Inc., presents
Perspectives on Global Warming
144 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027
In the Wake of Tradition: Encountering
by Evan Abramson
"For many of the individuals and
communities involved, these photographs are the first and only attempt anyone
has made to communicate with them for the purpose of expressing their lives--or
something of their collective life experience: as a culture, a
community or a living history: some of the oldest and most anciently rooted
living histories of the Americas, incarnations of those most original of
Evan Abramson's rare, highly intimate vision of the Bolivian Andean
indigenous draws its closeness from over two years of life among the rural