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ROMARE BEARDEN HOMECOMING CELEBRATION

A NY Citywide Celebration Honoring One of America’s
Foremost Artists
September 2004 – March 2005

A Celebration honoring the artistic and intellectual legacy of one of America’s preeminent artists with special events, art, music, dance, educational and fun family programs in every borough. On the occasion of the presentation of his touring retrospective exhibition, The Art of Romare Bearden, at the Whitney Museum of American Art (October 2004 – January 2005),* over twenty cultural and educational institutions are offering exciting programs as a tribute and a joyous welcome home to New York for the artist. The Celebration runs for seven months—from September, the month of Bearden’s birth, to March, the month of his death.

See below for events happening in December 2004.

*The highly acclaimed exhibition, The Art of Romare Bearden, was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Remember: Present your MetroCard at Romare Bearden Homecoming Celebration programs and events to receive a 10% discount and/or 2 for 1 admission at selected participating institutions in each borough.

(PLEASE NOTE: Event dates and times are subject to change, please check with individual institutions for accurate event schedules.)

 

DECEMBER 2004 EVENTS
Visual Arts

The Harlem School of the ArtsDecember 4, 2004–January 15, 2005
Remembering Bearden—Celebration of HarlemAn exhibition of student artwork using mixed media/collage techniques employed by the master collagist, Romare Bearden.

Location: 645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York
Hours: Monday–Saturday 9am–9pm; Opening: December 4 at 3pm
Admission: FREE
Subway: A, B, C, D to 145th Street; Bus: M3 to 141st & St. Nicholas Avenue; M11 to 141st & Amsterdam; BX19 to 145th & Broadway
Call: 212-926-4100 or Visit: www.harlemschoolofthearts.org

Brooklyn Museum December 17, 2004–March 6, 2005
Romare Bearden in the Brooklyn Museum CollectionAn exhibition of seven Bearden works from the museum’s permanent collection.

Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Hours: Wednesday–Friday 10am–5pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am–6pm
Admission: $6 suggested for adults; $3 suggested for students and seniors; free for members and children under 12
Subway: 2, 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum
Call: 718-638-5000 or Visit: www.brooklynmuseum.org

Whitney Museum of American ArtOctober 14, 2004 – January 9, 2005The Art of Romare BeardenCall: 800-WHITNEY or Visit: www.whitney.org
(See October listing for more information)

Children’s Museum of ManhattanOctober 14, 2004 - May 1, 2005 Sunday Morning Breakfast: Inside the Art of Romare BeardenCall: 212-721-1223 or Visit: www.cmom.org
(See October listing for more information)

Brooklyn Children’s MuseumOctober 16 - December 31, 2004Romare Bearden’s Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy Call: 718-735-4400 or Visit: www.brooklynkids.org
(See October listing for more information)

The Metropolitan Museum of ArtOctober 19, 2004 – March 7, 2005
Romare Bearden at the MetCall: 212-535-7710 or Visit: www.Metmuseum.org
(See October listing for more information)

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureNovember 5, 2004–January 4, 2005
Romare Bearden: From the ArchivesCall: 212-491-2200 or Visit: www.schomburgcenter.org
(See November listing for more information)

MUSIC

Whitney Museum of American ArtDecember 3, 2004 | 7pm
Sound Check: Doug Wamble QuartetGuitarist, vocalist and composer Doug Wamble draws on such diverse giants as Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson and Ornette Coleman. The Tennessee native offers a music that is true to his roots in blues and gospel, his love of jazz and popular song, and his commitment to both reflect his diverse sources and turn them in new directions. This performance is held in conjunction with the exhibition, The Art of Romare Bearden.

Location: 945 Madison Avenue, New York
Admission: Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6-9 pm.
Subway: 6 to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 74th Street & Madison Avenue
Call: 800-whitney or Visit: www.whitney.org

Jazz at Lincoln CenterDecember 4, 2004 | 11am & 1pm
Jazz: The Big PictureThis concert in the Jazz for Young People series shows how art and jazz come together in the artworks of Romare Bearden, Jackson Pollock and other artists in an engaging program with Wynton Marsalis and friends.

Location: Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway and 60th Street, Columbus Circle, New York
Admission: $10–$30
Subway: A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to 59th Street/Columbus Circle
Call: 212-258-9800 or Visit: www.jazzatlincolncenter.org

Brooklyn MuseumDecember 4, 2004 | 6:30–8:30pm
Jazz Jam in Honor of Romare BeardenTenor saxophonist Vincent Herring is featured. Founder of the Vincent Herring Quartet and Quintet, Herring is a veteran sideman who has played with dozens of jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton, David Murray, Horace Silver, Jack DeJohnette, and Art Blakey.

Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Admission: FREE, as part of First Saturday event
Subway: 2, 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum
Call: 718-638-5000 or Visit: www.brooklynmuseum.org

Whitney Museum of American ArtDecember 10, 2004 | 7pm
Sound Check: Don Byron QuartetFor over a decade, Don Byron has been a singular voice in a dizzying range of musical contexts, exploring widely divergent traditions while continually striving for what he calls “a sound above genre.” As clarinetist, composer, arranger, and social critic, he redefines every genre of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, klezmer, or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown improvisation. The performance marks the New York City debut of Byron's new quartet. This special appearance is held in conjunction with the exhibition, The Art of Romare Bearden.

Location: 945 Madison Avenue, New York
Admission: FREE with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6-9 pm.
Subway: 6 to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 74th Street & Madison Avenue
Call: 800-whitney or Visit: www.whitney.org

Jazz at Lincoln CenterDecember 13, 2004 | 7pm
Swing Landscapes: Jazz VisualizedA Jazz Talk program, participants explore what it is about jazz that makes its colors, rhythms and characters so attractive to the painter’s eye. Bearden and other visual artists have reflected jazz in their work and their lives. Author Alfred Appel, Jr., visual artist William T. Williams and others will discuss the influence of jazz on modern art.

Location: Irene Diamond Education Center
Broadway and 60th Street, Columbus Circle, New York
Admission: $15
Subway: A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to 59th Street/Columbus Circle
Call: 212-258-9800 or Visit: www.jazzatlincolncenter.org

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Whitney Museum of American ArtDecember 8, 2004 | 7pm
Conversations on Art: Mid-Century Masters—Jazz, Modernism, and Romare Bearden Join artists Mark Bradford and Jennie C. Jones, poet Sean Singer, and curator/critic Franklin Sirmans for this conversation about mid-century jazz, American interpretations of European modernism, and Romare Bearden's example. If, as Nelson George has argued, the jazz arts idiom linking all three is long over, how do contemporary artists reach back and make use of this historically heavy mix? Consider new takes on avant-garde technique, vernacular style, "black" arts, and the cultural dominants of Bearden's formative years.

Location: 945 Madison Avenue, New York
Admission: To all Whitney programs, unless otherwise noted: $8; members, senior citizens, and students with valid ID $6. Advance sales are strongly recommended, as seating is limited; admission cannot be guaranteed without an advance purchase. Tickets are available at the Museum Admissions Desk or 1 (877) whitney.
Subway: 6 to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 74th Street & Madison Avenue
Call: 800-whitney or Visit: www.whitney.org

Children, Youth & Family Programs

Whitney Museum of American ArtDecember 11, 2004 | 6–9pm
Teen NightTeens explore The Art of Romare Bearden exhibition either on their own or in tours led by the Museum’s Youth Insights students and hear a jazz band organized by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Location: 945 Madison Avenue, New York
Admission: FREE, Reservations Required
Subway: 6 to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 74th Street & Madison Avenue
Call: 212-570-7745 or Visit: www.whitney.org

Aaron Davis HallDecember 11, 2004
Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War StoryCollage Workshop | 11am
Joyce Parr facilitates an intergenerational workshop based on Bearden’s work, The Block, an exuberant six-panel collage expressing the vitality and excitement of an urban neighborhood. Through creating their own collage, families explore how they envision their own block.
Admission: $5; FREE for ticket holders of performance at 2pm.

Reading of Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy | 2pm
Storyteller Joyce Parr’s reading of Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story is a fantastic opportunity for families to hear a newly discovered treasure, a children’s book written and illustrated by Romare Bearden.
Admission: $10/adults; $5/children

Location: The City College of New York
West 135th Street & Convent Avenue, New York
Subway: A, B, C, D to 125th Street, then M100 or M101 to 135th & Amsterdam Avenue; 1, 9 to 137th Street/City College; B, C to 135th Street
Bus: M11, M100, M101 to 135th & Amsterdam Avenue
Call: 212-650-7100 or Visit: www.aarondavishall.org

 

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INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS: Aaron Davis Hall, BAMcafé Live, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Harlem School of the Arts, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazzmobile, The Joyce Theater Foundation—Joyce Soho, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 651 ARTS, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford Stuyvesant History, Staten Island Children’s Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Universal Temple of the Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art.

 

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