Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with caribBEING

Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with caribBEING at The Studio Museum in Harlem!

Jun 24, 2016 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem has partnered with caribBEING to present Studio Screen, which will include 4 films inspired by the exhibition  Ebony G. Patterson: … when they grow up …, an immersive, site-specific installation that highlights the systemic issue of ephehiphobia, or fear and loathing of children. The selection of shorts focuses on Caribbean youth as they struggle with tough decisions, and confront their own innocence in the face of societal pressures that prescribe adult responses from them:

No Soca, No Life (Kevin Adams, 2012, 30 mins.)
Olivia is a teenage girl from an impoverished community with a fabulous singing voice, honed in the church choir. When she decides to use her talent to sing soca, however, Olivia must face many hurdles, not least of all stiff opposition from her mother.

Missing Melodie (Monique Campbell, 2008, 7 mins.)
A young woman emigrates from Jamaica, looking forward to the reunion with her mother, but is sadly disappointed by the bitter reality.

Making History (Karen D. McKinnon & Caecilia Tripp, 2008, 9 mins.)
Two friends, acclaimed Carribean writer Edouard Glissant and poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, meet on a summer day and discuss issues of cultural identity. Analogously, a young woman traverses a metropolis alone.

Raft of Medusa (Alexis Peskine, 2016, 10 mins.)
Illustrating Theodore Gericault’s 200-year-old shipwreck painting The Raft of Medusa(1818–19), this poetic video depicts youthful migrants of African descent immigrating to the Western World from countries that were long colonized and exploited. The film explores the power and richness of these once colonized places, and speaks to the strength and vivacity of the youth uprising in these freshly independent nations, whilst also exposing the obstacles they face in the new world.

The screening will be followed by a public dialogue and Q&A with the featured filmmakers moderated by Shelley Worrell, co-founder of caribBeing, and Nico Wheadon, Director of Public Programs + Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Participants are then invited to a special Caribbean themed Uptown Fridays!, the Museum’s summer series that transforms the courtyard and galleries into a vibrant social hub, featuring the sounds of Libation’s DJ Ian Friday with Manchildblack and Afro Mosaic Soul, and signature cocktails.

Color Between the Lines: Photo Review

It was an incredible evening celebrating the exhibition Color Between the Lines by artist Jonathan Joseph. Curating the exhibition was an absolute pleasure, and I look forward to continuing the momentum in the near future!

Follow Jonathan on social media @boyandsheep

New York City Art Series: Marcel Dzama

One of my favorite NYC traditions over the last 4 years is to attend the New York City Ballet Art Series. This year I am excited to attend the 2016 Art Series collaboration with  Marcel Dzama.

Dzama will exhibit Art Series’ first ever digital installation this winter on the theater’s Promenade, complete with a chess match dance off and an incognito appearance by Amy Sedaris.

The Art Series installation will be on view at three special New York City Ballet Art Series performances on February 6 Eve, 11, and 19 where all tickets are priced at $30, and each audience member will receive a limited edition commemorative takeaway from the artist.

Pictures will be available on my Facebook from the experience on February 6th!

FEBRUARY 6 EVE
NEW COMBINATIONS

Common Ground (Ludwig-Leone/Schumacher)
The Blue of Distance(Ravel/Binet)
Polaris (Walton/Thatcher)
The Most Incredible Thing (New Dessner/Peck)
Estancia (Ginastera)

Check out the video preview of what you can expect: http://www.nycballet.com/Videos/Evergreen-Special/Marcel-Dzama-Art-Series.aspx

Invisible Thread

These days it is unusual to find something new and exciting to fawn over. In the new musical “Invisible Thread” I found just that! With a brilliant composition and moving story, it is an amazing experience. And by “experience” I mean it is a sensory overload of textures on stage and power house songs. Last night I had the pleasure of attending the musical after seeing it in workshop 2 years ago, and I was blown away again. For tickets and further information visit here.

Below is the music video from one of my favorite songs in the musical:

ARCHIBALD MOTLEY: JAZZ AGE MODERNIST

Archibald Motley "Self-Portrait (Myself at Work)" 1933 Oil on canvas

Archibald Motley “Self-Portrait (Myself at Work)” 1933 Oil on canvas

Archibald Motley was an African-American storyteller through painting of twentieth-century American life. He studied at School of the Art Chicago in 1910s and specialized in portraiture and saw it “as a means of affirming racial respect and race pride.” He is noted for his contributions to the Harlem Renaissance. His night and crowd scenes show the jazz culture influence and vivid, urban black culture. His work addressed the complexity of modern life. The exhibition “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” can be viewed at Whitney Museum of American Art through January 17, 2016.

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Archibald Motley “Portrait of a Cultured Lady” 1948 Oil on canvas

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Archibald Motley “Playground (Recess)” 1940 Oil on composition board

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Archibald Motley “Barbecue” 1934 Oil on canvas