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DEFINITIVE 461
Chashama Final Exhibition
October 20-28.2015 | Reception: Friday, 10.23.15
Chashama 461 final exhibition
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OMO MISHA JEWELRY ART TRUNK SHOW
Studio Museum Harlem
October 16-18.2015

Studio Museum Fall Trunk Show

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The Colored Girls Museum
, Philadelphia
FRINGS ARTS FESTIVAL | September 11-13. 2015

The Colored Girls Museum, Philadelphia
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WHO WE ARE
: Seleciones de la Colecion Broadway Housing Communities
August 1-September 30.2015
Reception: Friday, September 18.2015 | 5:30-8:30pm


Curated on behalf of City College Center for the Arts
CCNY Windows on Amsterdam Gallery | City College, 136th & Amsterdam

WHO WE ARE Exhibition
WHO WE ARE includes a selection of artworks culled from the Broadway Housing Communities private collection - a collection that reflects and continues to grow out from the colorful communities it serves.

Broadway Housing’s extensive collection of Latin American, Caribbean, and Afro-diasporic art is not built on famous names, but has organically swelled from a love for the West Harlem and Upper Manhattan communities that swathe their developments. WHO WE ARE highlights a sampling of these works, and has been presented to celebrate the rich culture, traditions and legacy that underlie and vivify this neighborhood. Featured artists - Angelica Santamaria, Viviana Puello, Virginia Ayress, Nancy Reyes, Luis Leonor, Juan Valoy, and Tau Battice - are from Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic and St. Kitts respectively, with art including imagery representative of Puerto Rico, Africa and Yoruba tradition as well. While celebrating BHC's overall commitment to the arts - including the upcoming opening of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling - WHO WE ARE, hopefully, begins to tell stories of the Latino communities of Harlem, who contribute greatly to the character, wealth and vibrancy of an enclave that touches, bridges, and embraces both City College of New York and Broadway Housing Communities.

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Inspired: Masters and Students
Ouattara Watts & Bradley Theodore
with
The Young Men of the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester

September 9-12. 2015

Press Preview: Thursday, September 10 from 3 to 5 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 8 pm

Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye, New York 10580
Curated by Omo Misha | Presented by T. Fraser Productions


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Black WOMEN Rock!! "Catch Me If You Can" Art Exhibition

Wednesday, June 11.2015, 4-7pm
RAW Space

Catch Me If You Can

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - jessica Care Moore's Black Women Rock! will kick off their Apollo Theater WOW - Women of the World Festival performance with the Catch Me If You Can Art Exhibition curated by Sabrina Nelson, and featuring the works of Detroit women, primarily living and loving Harlem.

Opening Reception additionally features a film screening of You Want Poems by filmmaker, Donovan Glover. 4-7 pm. Raw Space, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. | 212.694.2887 | More info HERE

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Beyond the Seams: Fashioning Wearable Art
Exhibition Workshop | Saturday, June 6.2015, 1-4pm
Bard Graduate Center

Fashioning the Body Catalog

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette is an extraordinary exhibit, currently on view and presented by the Bard Graduate Center. Curated by Dr. Denis Bruna of Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the École du Louvre, Fashioning the Body examines the fascinating ways in which women and men have shaped their bodies into distinctive silhouettes in the name of fashion. As part of the exhibition programming, I have been invited to lead a wearable art workshop, drawing on the concepts presented in the exhibition: Beyond the Seams: Fashioning Wearable Art. The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 6th from 1-4pm. All are welcome! Register and learn more HERE. The exhibition runs thru July 26th in the Main Gallery.

Bard Graduate Center Gallery, 18 West 86th Street, NYC 10024 | www.bgc.bard.edu

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BODY OF ART EXHIBITION
Curated on behalf of Land Yoga Art & Wellness Center
Featured Artists: Ramona Candy, Luis Martin, Tomo Mori
OPENING RECEPTION: JUNE 4. 2015
EXHIBITION RUNS THRU AUGUST 1. 2015
Body of Art Exhibition

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FLUX ART FAIR
May 14-17. 2015
GUEST CURATOR | Presenting the work of D.H. Caranda Martin
FLUX Art Fair with D.H. Caranda Martin
About the FLUX Art Fair - A contemporary art fair in the culturally rich community of Harlem. FLUX Art Fair is a dynamic artistic platform engaging an international community of collectors and those who simply appreciate art to discover artists and discover the vitality of Harlem. Driven by curators collaborating with artists, FLUX Fair contributes to the vibrancy of Harlem by expanding the scene beyond the walls of the fair, partnering with cultural institutions and creating opportunity for rising Harlem artists within the fair. Guest Curators select lead artists to present significant signature works linking emerging artists to a broader spectrum of art collectors.

Artists and curators respond to the curatorial theme: “The 21st Century Artist is a Nomad”. Harlem, an internationally acclaimed crossroads for the modern caravan of creativity, is a particularly relevant place to explore this theme. A diverse, intimate, & progressive art fair with a global reach, FLUX Fair mirrors the community of Harlem.
About D.H. Caranda Martin - Born in Liberia, West Africa, D. H. Caranda Martin is a multidisciplinary visual and installation artist and activist, with a focus on African affairs and global culture. Initially recognized for his one-of-a-kind photographs, his mixed media compositions have now garnered critical and commercial success. These works combine photography with etching, painting, encaustic and found or invented artifacts, as a means of raising awareness and bridging the gap of understanding between tribal cultures and the modern world. In more recent works he has replaced the traditional canvas with African textiles. This effect gives the work a sense of geographical identity while symbolically establishing history as the platform for conversation. Martin is represented by major galleries in Germany, Spain and New Zealand.  He has exhibited, lectured, and been awarded extensively, and his work is in numerous private and public collections worldwide. He attended the University of Liberia, and studied photography and art at the School of Visual Arts, where he received his BFA.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Ai Campbell, Alexis Duque, Andre Woolery, Angelo Bellobono, Anne Pomponio, Anthony Boone, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Bayette Ross Smith, Bobbi Van, Capucine Bourcart, Carlos Arturo Arias, Carlos Rodriguez Cardenas presented by GUEST CURATOR Rachel Weingeist, Christophe Avella Bagur, D.H. Caranda Martin presented by GUEST CURATOR Omo Misha, Danielle Siegelbaum, David Shrobe, Diane Smith , Dominant Dansby, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Ibou Ndoye, Ivan Forde, Ivan Stojakovic, Jeffrey Allen Price, Jocelyn Shu, Juan Luna, Leah Poller, LeRone B. Wilson, Lina Puerta, Linda Cunningham, Makeba Rainey, Margaret Roleke, Michael Anderson presented by GUEST CURATOR Kristin Sancken, Musa Hixson, Nolan Lem, Paul Deo, Shahram Entekhabi presented by GUEST CURATOR Raul Zamudio, Shaunte Gates (Washington DC), Sol Sax presented by GUEST CURATOR Danny Simmons, Stan Squirewell, Sui Park, Suprina, Tafa, Thabiso Phokompe, Tomo Mori, Uday Dhar, Ula Einstein, Willie Cole presented by GUEST CURATOR Roger C. Tucker III, Ya La'ford

TICKETS @ www.fluxfair.nyc


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OMO MISHA JEWELRY ART TRUNK SHOW
Studio Museum Harlem
May 8-10. 2015

Omo Misha Jewelry @ Studio Museum

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harlem is...THEATER: The South African Connection
NYPL for the PERFORMING ARTS @ LINCOLN CENTER | FEBRUARY 3 - MAY 2. 2015

CURATED ON BEHALF OF COMMUNITY WORKS with
Barbara Cohen Straytner, Barbara Horowitz, Frank DeGregorie and Paula Coleman



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Join our multimedia celebration of nearly 200 years of Black Theater in Harlem and New York as the expanded, comprehensive harlem is . . . THEATER exhibition rolls into The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center during the first week of February, 2015.

Through memorabilia, photos, film and original artwork, learn about the theaters that bloomed and survived, the people who were driven to keep them vital, and the explosion of Black Theater productions that marked the 1960s and continue to this day. The message of the exhibition is strong: Black Theater plays a crucial and continuously vital role for Harlem, New York City, and the world.

As the exhibition moves to The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, it additionally explores the important collaboration in the 1980s between New Heritage Theatre Group and Lincoln Center Theater to bring South African playwrights and voices to New York. These productions exposed audiences to the realities of life under apartheid through new, brilliant stage experiences—among them Woza Albert!and Sarafina! At the time, it was considered audacious for Voza Rivers, Executive Producer of New Heritage Theatre Group in Harlem,  Bernard Gersten, then Executive Producer, and Greg Mosher, Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater to bring South African playwrights, including Mbongeni Ngema - who created Woza Albert!, Sarafina!, Asinamali, Township Fever - and the Woza Afrika Festival to New York. Commenting on the importance of this project, Mosher said, “One might imagine that the plays of Woza Afrika Festival and Sarafina! sprang from rage…but their work emerged from courageous hope.” New York theater-goers were mesmerized and flocked in droves to the presentations.

The exhibition features artists Ademola Olugebefola, Dindga McCannon, JaSon Auguste, Bert Andrews and Pam Belafonte along with artifacts from South African productions as well as four historic Harlem theaters.

Several performances, including shows especially for community and schools, and a family day have been scheduled to complement the exhibition. In addition, there will be public conversations about Black Theater, and the opportunity for schools and community groups to arrange guided tours of the exhibition.  For more information, contact Community Works @ 212-459-1854.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by Con Edison, Emilie Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, New York Council for the Humanities, West Harlem Development Corporation of Tides Foundation and Credit Suisse; and by public funds from Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, New York City Council Members Inez E. Dickens and Helen Rosenthal, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the leadership support of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman. Additional support for exhibitions has been provided by Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg and the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Foundation.



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MUSIC IS LIFE: SPEAKERS OF THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
Windows on Amsterdam Gallery | City College
NOVEMBER 20 - JANUARY 5. 2015

Extended thru January 31.2015

SOLO ART EXHIBITION

Music is Life solo exhibition

EXHIBITION STATEMENT: Our relationship with music begins in the womb. Our beating hearts, in unison with mother’s, become the first chorus. From that moment, we are skipping from one beat to the next; measuring moments in song and stringing together the soundtrack of life.

Music enters the mind and affects the senses like no other art-form. The people who create it wield the power to inspire, revolutionize and change. They become ambassadors of a language that permeates all culture and time, as music invades spaces in the conscious and the physical realms and can never be unheard. Its beauty and its messages break down walls and forever remain, igniting and sustaining a magic within us all.

Growing up in Detroit, Motown lingered in the air like freshly baked bread. The legends were your neighbors, schoolmates of parents and parents of friends - their presence was alive in your midst. A record spinning on the turntable was a constant: Marvin, Aretha, Diana, Gladys…all had places at the dinner table. Every home, every soul, in every corner of the world, has its relationship with music.

I use portraits to convey stories about people’s lives. My subjects are chosen for their stories – their visions, individual accomplishments or, perhaps, secrets and untold truths. I typically create work within cultural, social or political themes. In looking back, I realized that every theme I broached encompassed musicians - they held a presence in my work from the start, and have been found at the heart of every struggle. Pulling from several different collections from 2006 to date,  I present this selection of portraits in celebration of  the musician and the glorious occupation of music in our lives.

Works in this exhibition represent only a drop in a vast pool of immeasurable greatness: The International Sweethearts of Rhythm for their pioneering spirit, as women and stellar musicians in a man’s game in the midst of Jim Crow; Fats Waller for his indomitable talent and presence; Helga Davis, a contemporary Harlem-born musical and theatrical powerhouse; Tammi Terrell whose sun smiled on Detroit long after she was gone; Minnie Riperton, an angel and inspiration in both lyric and vocal instrument; Ravi Shankar, for opening up his spirit to the Western world; and Scott Weiland, a chameleon, who continues to battle the dragons of Rock & Roll.

Music is Life: Speakers of the Universal Language celebrates the art of music, the inherent musicality in us all and, most of all, the artists who inspire us with their gifts, feeding our hearts and souls. Collectively we weave a tapestry, timelessly sung throughout the world. 

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HARLEM HOLIDAY WINDOWS
A Harlem Holiday Story Told Through Eight Participating
Business Windows, Written, Visualized and Performed by Local Harlem Artists
DECEMBER 4. 2014 - JANUARY 4. 2015

CURATED ON BEHALF OF TASTE HARLEM TOURS, HARLEM TOURISM BOARD & HARLEM PARK TO PARK

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NEW YORK CITY, NYHarlem Tourism Board, Taste Harlem Food and Cultural Tours, Harlem Park-to-Park and the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance present Harlem Holiday Windows. This creative and unprecedented project revolves around an original holiday story – written and performed by storyteller and actor, Daniel Carlton – about an 11 year old boy named Chaz who travels through  various eras of Harlem’s history on a magical horse.

The story is illustrated through holiday imagery in the windows of eight participating businesses, and can be accessed via QR code at each site, courtesy of Harlem’s Alive. Each business represents a different era in Chaz’s adventure, with the story brought to life through painting, illustration, 3D sculpture and installation, set design and holiday decorations created and assembled by some of Harlem and New York City’s most prolific talent.

Jacqueline Orange/Taste Harlem Food & Cultural
 Tours spearheaded this holiday initiative along with curator, Omo Misha.  The project is a partnership between (HTB) Harlem Tourism Board,  Taste Harlem Food and Cultural Tours, Harlem Park-to-Park, Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and  has been sponsored by(HTB) Harlem Tourism Board, (HCDC) Harlem Community Development Corporation, Life Plan Wealth Management Group, New York Ki Energy Wellness Center and Foxworth Realty.

Participating business include The Cecil, Harlem ShakeLand Yoga, Lido Harlem, Seasoned Vegan, Vinateria and Cohen’s Optical. Participating artist and curators includeLaura Gadson, Christopher Trujillo, Tijana Bjelejac, Esé  Alexis, Taina Traverso and Paula Coleman with Carrie Mae Weems, JaSon Auguste, Dianne Smith, Marivel Mejia, Donna Dove, Jordan Baker Caldwell and Kenneth Browne.

- KICK-OFF: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 6:00pm
The project launches with a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony with Holiday carols performed by gospel and inspirational choir Lavender Lights at Frederick Douglass Circle, located at 110th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard, presented by Friends of Frederick Douglass CircleA free guided tour will follow the lighting ceremony to participating HP2P, FDBA & HTB sites with a live performance by Daniel Carlton. 

- Self –Guided Tours: December 9, 2014 - January 5, 2015
Use the self-guided Tour Map to visit the sites anytime this holiday season. Window app provided by Harlem’s Alive, www.harlemsalive.com/harlemholiday - official app of H2P2!

- Guided Tours: December 4-20, 2014

Enjoy guided performance tours, Thursday, Friday & Saturdays 4:30-6:30PM
$20 per adult | $5 per child, Book in advance at www.tasteharlem.com or call 1.800.979.3370.

MEDIA NOTE:  Press tickets are available. Spokespersons are available to talk about the tour. Contact  Jacqueline Orange, tour@tasteharlem.com 202.262.8840



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