National Puerto Rican Artisans Fair & Book Expo

November 17, 2018 |12:00pm – 7:00pm

Presented by Comité Noviembre, the annual day-long cultural event will feature nearly 100 artisans and authors from Puerto Rico and the United States – ideal for holiday shopping – in addition to workshops and activities for children.

Cost: Free

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street – Main Gymnasium, C-Lobby
Bronx NY 10451

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Germ City Microbes and the Metropolis

October 11, 2018 | 10:00am – 6:00pm – Every day until April 28, 2019

A fascinating look at New York City’s battle against infectious disease.
Humans and microbes have always co-habited, and their relationship has had a profound influence on human history—especially in cities, the crossroads of the movements of people, goods, and germs. Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis explores the complex story of New York’s long battle against infectious disease—a fight involving government, urban planners, medical professionals, businesses, and activists. It reveals how our understanding of disease has changed us physically, socially, and culturally, and the surprising interplay between people and pathogens in an urban context.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of the City of New York in collaboration with The New York Academy of Medicine and Wellcome. It is part of Wellcome’s international project Contagious Cities, which explores the interplay of people and pathogens in urban contexts. Drawing on the model of the Wellcome Collection’s “Reading Room,” Germ City features a hybrid gallery and library where visitors can view historical artifacts alongside contemporary artworks created for the exhibition, delve into the exhibition’s themes with a curated selection of books, and access a wide range of perspectives through digital interactives.

The Museum and Museum Store are open seven days a week from 10:00 am–6:00 pm.
Chalsty’s Café is open daily from 10:00 am–5:00 pm.

Cost: Suggested Admission: Adults: $18; Seniors (65+); Students: $12 (with I.D.); and Under age 20: Free and Members: Free.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

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Interior Lives Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers

October 26, 2018 | 10:00am – 6:00pm – On exhibit daily until March 24, 2019

Three photographers explore the lives of Chinese Americans.

New York City’s nine predominantly Chinese neighborhoods are home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia. Interior Lives features the work of three photographers who have spent years documenting the lives of Chinese New Yorkers: Thomas Holton, Annie Ling, and An Rong Xu.

Thomas Holton has followed the trajectory of a single family, the Lams of Ludlow Street, since 2003. Starting as a family of five in a 350-square-foot apartment, the family has changed over the past 15 years, with the growth of the children and the eventual separation of the parents. For more than a year, Annie Ling documented the lives of the 35 residents of the fourth floor of 81 Bowery—the “invisible immigrants” who live cramped quarters and work for low wages, many sacrificing in order to support their families left behind in China. And An Rong Xu has used photography to explore his Chinese-American identity with a series of photographs that explore the intersection of “two sometimes polarizing cultures.” Together, the works of these photographers provide a window into the complex realities of immigrant life in New York City.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of the City of New York in conjunction with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) exhibition Interior Lives: Photographs of Chinese Americans in the 1980s by Bud Glick.

On exhibit until March 24, 2019. The Museum and Museum Store are open seven days a week from 10:00 am–6:00 pm. Chalsty’s Café is open daily from 10:00 am–5:00 pm.

Cost: Suggested Admission: Adults: $18; Seniors (65+); Students: $12 (with I.D.); and Under age 20: Free and Members: Free.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

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“Posing Modernity,” an Exhibition on The Evolution of Black Women Models in Art

Oct. 24, 2018 to Feb. 10, 2019 | Wed – Fri: 12noon – 8pm; Sat & Sun: 12noon – 6pm

This exhibition explores the changing modes of representation of the black figure as central to the development of modern art. The models’ interactions with and influences on painters, sculptors and photographers are highlighted through archival photographs, correspondence and films. The artists featured in the exhibition depicted black subjects in a manner counter to typical representations of the period. The works included highlight the little-known, multiracial aspect of each artist’s milieu.

In New York, the presentation focuses specifically on the black female figure, beginning with Edouard Manet’s 1860s portrayals of Laure, the model who posed as the maid in Olympia. In Paris, a broader and expanded treatment of the black figure begins with portraits by Marie-Guillemine Benoist and Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault at the start of the 19th century.

In both New York and Paris, the exhibition explores the work of Manet’s Impressionist-era cohort, including Frédéric Bazille, Edgar Degas and the photographer Nadar; sculptors including Charles Henri Joseph Cordier and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux; paintings, drawings and prints of Henri Matisse (before and after his 1930s Harlem visits); the portraiture of diverse artists of the Harlem Renaissance, including Charles Alston and William H. Johnson; and the legacy of these depictions for successive generations of postwar modern and contemporary artists, from Romare Bearden through to the current moment.

By taking a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on the connection between the history of art and the history of ideas, the exhibition will study aesthetic, political, social and racial issues as well as the realm of the imagination—all of which is revealed in the representation of black figures in visual arts from the French and American abolition eras to the present day.

The curator of the exhibition in New York is Denise Murrell, Ph.D., Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University.

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Friday: 12 noon – 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon – 6 pm.

Cost: FREE and open to the public

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery-Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University

615 West 129th Street-enter on 125th west of Broadway-MC 9829
New York NY 10027

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Rebel Women – Defying Victorianism

October 12, 2018 | 10:00am – 6:00pm | On exhibit daily until January 6, 2018

New York women have a history of pushing the envelope.

We may think of the Victorian era as a period of constraints on women’s lives, a time when middle-class ideas about femininity defined women by their roles as guardians of virtue and relegated them to the private, domestic sphere. But 19th-century New York City was full of women who defied those expectations—women of different classes, races, and ideologies who challenged the social expectations that attached to them because of their gender.

Some of the things that these women did would not be considered boat-rocking today: a woman could be a rebel simply by speaking in public, by working outside the home, or by disregarding middle-class morality or decorum. Rebel Women explores the lives of activists like Elizabeth Jennings Graham, an African-American New Yorker who refused to get off a segregated trolley in 1854; professionals like Hetty Green, a wealthy businesswoman and broker branded “the witch of Wall Street”; and working women like Helen Jewett, New York’s most prominent courtesan—all of whom challenged the Victorian ideal.

Featuring photographs, garments, paintings, and prints from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition brings to light the compelling and often untold stories of the city’s independent, unconventional, and path-breaking women who had an indelible impact on New York’s society, culture, and economy by the turn of the 20th century.

On exhibit until January 6, 2019. The Museum and Museum Store are open seven days a week from 10:00 am–6:00 pm. Chalsty’s Café is open daily from 10:00 am–5:00 pm.

Cost: Suggested Admission: Adults: $18; Seniors (65+); Students: $12 (with I.D.); and Under age 20: Free and Members: Free.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

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Swing Forward While Swaying Back

Six Bronx artists envision alternate futures through collaborative installations that provocatively and poetically challenge their audiences. Each project simultaneously draws on rich and varied art, activist, and cultural histories to search for something beyond itself – whether in relation to economies of generosity and exchange, practical information about immigration rights, or complex conversations about cultural heritage.

Artists: Alicia Grullón; Blanka Amezkua; Fran Ilich; Francheska Alcantara; Walter Cruz; and Yelaine Rodriguez. Curator: Amanda McDonald Crowley

Opening Reception: Wed., Oct 3, 5:30 pm — 8:30 pm
Closing Reception: Wed., Dec 5, 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday thru Friday; 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Cost: FREE

Longwood Gallery at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street-Room C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

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Black-Irish presents “Greetings from Harlem: The Past is Present”

October 18, 2018 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

“Greetings from Harlem: The Past is Present” is a series by Shaun O’Rourke comprised of fine art, mixed media, and limited edition, signed and numbered prints. The show pays tribute to an ever-evolving Harlem through its temporary textures, graffiti, architecture and people. We honor the past, while standing in the present.

As 20+ year Harlem artists and as business owners, Black-Irish has found a continual flow of inspiration in the sights and materials found in Harlem, enriching Black-Irish’s ongoing archive of fine art and limited edition prints.

Black-Irish reimagines modern Harlem scenes and details through the lens of vintage print aesthetics (including lithograph, silkscreen, chromolith, rotogravure, hand tints, etc.), offering fresh perspectives & bridging the gap between Harlem past and present.

Cost: Free

X Gallery
163 Malcolm X Boulevard
Harlem New York 10026

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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow Exhibition

September 7, 2018 through May 3, 2019 – Various hours

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial quality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.

Opening to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and highlights the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. It also examines the depth and breadth of opposition to black advancement. Art, artifacts, photographs, and media will help visitors explore these transformative decades in American history, and understand their continuing relevance today. Curated by Marci Reaven, vice president of history exhibitions, and Lily Wong, assistant curator.

Please check schedule and hours which vary.

Cost: Free to $21. Prices vary for children under 4 yrs old, students, adults and seniors.

New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West at 77th Street
New York NY 10024 US

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44th Annual Harlem Week – 2018 Theme: Women Transforming Our World: Past, Present and Future

July 29, 2018 – August 25, 2018

HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a day of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers. Given the huge success of the celebration, more days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history.

Celebrating its 44th year in 2018, HARLEM WEEK offers over 100 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world. HARLEM WEEK celebrates the neighborhoods assets and unique flavor, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports.

Schedule and location vary each day. Please check the website for each day’s events.

Cost: Free
Various locations
New York NY

Make Some Noise at MCNY

July 18, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

An outdoor concert on the Museum’s Terrace featuring knockout performances by vocalist and composer, Imani Uzuri, who will also MC the evening, and sets by Zoe Allyn and Jack Lucy, two rising stars of New York City’s singer-songwriter scene. This musical celebration marks the grand finale of Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics and launches our new exhibition, Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism. Both exhibitions will be open late and drinks and snacks will be available from Amy’s Bread.

Cost: $10 general admission | $5 for Museum Members and students
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10029

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