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.


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


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


Archibald Motley “Barbecue” 1934 Oil on canvas


A Celebration of the Life of Geoffrey Holder

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

Geoffrey Lamont Holder was a Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, dancer, painter, singer, and Tony Award-winning stage director and costume designer. He passed away last year and this event is a tribute to his life. His wife, Carmen De Lavallade (a dancer), will be performing for the event.

1:00 pm

Panel discussion: The Life and Work of Geoffrey Holder
With Carmen and Geoffrey filmmakers Nick Doob and Linda Atkinson, moderated by Leo Holder, son of Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade

2:00 pm
Carmen and Geoffrey documentary, followed by screening of rare archival film footage

Related Exhibition:
_The Genius of Geoffrey Holder_
July 23–August 29
Exhibitions are open during Library hours: 12:00–8:00 Monday and Thursday; 12:00–6:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
Plaza Corridor Gallery

Presented in association with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Artist on the Edge: Tariku Shiferaw

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Tariku Shiferaw “SpaceX”, 2014-2015, Mixmedia on Canvas, 60″x48″

  1. Tell a little bit a bout yourself.
    1. I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and grew up in Los Angeles, CA.
    2. I moved to New York for graduate school. I now live in Brooklyn and I plan to stay in New York for a while.
  2. Firstly, what is (are) your medium(s) of creative expression? How long have you been studying and working at your medium?
    1. I’m a painter. I currently make abstract paintings.
    2. I’ve painted, drawn, made sculptures for 15 plus years. Trained in traditional oil medium.
    3. In 2012, upon realizing my painting concerns were less focused on rendering and depicting reality, I began to use water based mediums such as acrylics and more. In 2014, I completely dove in the deep end making abstract paintings. That’s when I completely abandoned oil and fully turned to acrylics.
  3. What is your inspiration to begin working on a piece? Where do you go to gather inspiration? Where do you and your friends go to view art and collaborate?
    1. I have always enjoyed painting and initially it’s all the inspiration I needed. Along the way, I realized painting became a thinking space; a place where thoughts take form and vise versa. So I take my inspiration from everyday life such as conversations, relationships, the occupation of forms or marks in public and private space, the human condition, existential issues, philosophy, political issues, Western societies, current state of existence as an individual (commodity, capitalism)…the list goes on.
    2. I go to many places throughout New York. I often go to museums, galleries (small and big), friends openings, and more…the MOMA, The New Museum, Studio Museum Harlem, The Brooklyn Museum, PS1 MOMA, Chelsea galleries, galleries throughout Brooklyn…56 Bogart in Bushwick, various Bushwick galleries and Open Studios, Art fairs, NYC wide MFA Open Studios, and more…
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Tariku Shiferaw, “Untitled (Figure/ground)”, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 60″x48″

4.Where can people contact you regarding collaborating or about your work?

5. Where can people check out your work next? I have an upcoming MFA Thesis Exhibition titled Off Pink (working title) at the Kitchen in Chelsea.

Off Pink
May 8-16th, 2015
Opening Reception: May 8. 6:30-9pm
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
  1. How do you define community? How has your work been inspired by said community? How important is the community to your work? How have you collaborated with community?
    1. I see community as a necessary structure of existence. Often groups of people coexisting in similar situations in life become a community. Some are more dependent on each other and more closely neat than others.
    2. Living in a modern-contemporary world, the definition of a community can be a bit blurry. One can belong to multiple communities. Nonetheless, I consider all who journey in my path and contribute to my growth and vise versa as a part of my community.
    3. Communities that I have been a part of in the past or will forever belong to, although they may not always be with me, have forever impacted the way I think and therefore it’s only fair to say that communities are important to my work.
    4. Not to mention being a part of Parsons’ MFA community has tremendously challenged and inspired me for the last two years. I have grown leaps and bounds because of the relationships that were cultivated through honest critiques and collaborations.
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Tariku Shiferaw “PaintingX”, 2015, Acrylic and spray paint on Canvas, 60″x48″

Jessica Ofalt: Mixed Media Photographs

The mixed media photography of Jessica Ofalt shows the development of the work previously documented on Art Edge NYC in the post Artist on the Edge: Jessica Ofalt. Her work is inspirational and transformative. Jessica’s continued drive to become a better artist and creator, find new ways to combine her interests and set new goals translates into her creations which are captivating and inviting. Her career in the art world is full of genuine interest and talent, and the mixed media photographs display her latest body of work dispensing her skill set and innovative spirit.

Continue to read the post to find out more about the mixed media photographs of Jessica Ofalt.

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Jessica Ofalt. “State Route 2002” 11×14 fiber paper prints with paint pens


The mixed media pieces came about from trying to find a way to combine the two mediums (photography and painting) in general.  I printed all of the fiber prints in the dark room, and all of the pictures were shot on a film camera on 400 iso arista black and white film.  This body of work is a stepping stone to combining paint and photography in Common Dove Photography. Having to create a body of work gave me not only an outlet to experiment with my personal work, but also has helped me get one step closer to that ultimate goal. The hard part has been finding the right mix of paper and medium. That is the ultimate goal though, to push the mixed media in my own photography business.

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Jessica Ofalt. “The Original Blossom” 11×14 fiber paper prints with paint pens

Her artist statement details her sentiment and meaning behind the work, while the work displays her strength in artistry, skill and design:

This body of work is about the moment in time when a regular old crazy Aunt becomes a saint in the back yard. When this same Aunt, who always seemed so strange, now feels like a friend I never had the chance to completely appreciate. When plants become monuments to loved ones passed away and about seeing family resemblance in a face of an Uncle who never met my son but looks strangely like him. When Grandma can’t open the door for Grandpa anymore and the pictures of them standing in a doorway become historical markers in the past.  To talk about time in any sense, a person is opening Pandora’s Box; the notion of time is too vast to tie down into a single statement. To me, the visual representation of time passing is one of the most bittersweet feelings. To see the gray hairs on my mother’s head and know that with each one turning, she is only getting older and the thought that one day I might be standing in the back yard, with a plant, remembering her as she does my Grandmother.  To see my own reflection in the glass with my son, reminds me of my Grandparents standing in the doorway of their home with the reflections of the world around them. These ordinary moments are almost haunting now. Time is something that you cannot stop and life is a delicate tap dance around moments that seem almost insignificant at times but will turn out to be defining moments, just as the hunting of worms in the garden becomes a grand adventure. I can imagine walking in a place, long in ruin, and having the buildings erect themselves around me all by themselves. These pictures are ones that I have manipulated and brought to life what I imagine when I look at them. The juxtaposition of two times, past and present, into this ever fleeting ‘now. They toy with the idea that memories alone can take you back into a place that only becomes more precious as the hours pass. They are ordinary life made holy. There is a sense that somehow I am yoked together with sentiments from my family history and those people who are only kept alive by their photographs and their stories. These ten photographs give personal history a sense of time and place in the present.

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Jessica Ofalt. “The Wonderment of Worms” 11×14 fiber paper prints with paint pens

In her own words from Common Dove Photography Blog:

When I started taking photographs, I had an incredible urge to physically manipulate the images, it comes from being a painter. I am a Painter to my core, if I paint enough hours during the day, my dreams are filled with brush strokes. I began dabbling in Photography mostly as a result of painting so much- I used my photos for paintings. With the birth of my son and the death of my grandmother, capturing and remembering has become invaluable. I appreciate the technical aspect of Photography and have a drive to understand that medium. I have found that the two have a lot in common along with their own strengths and weaknesses.

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Jessica Ofalt.”Photobooth Series, #1″ 11×14 fiber paper prints with paint pens

Her work can be viewed on and