Romare Bearden Foundation

special program


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.

Romare Bearden (1911–1988), an American artist of African-American heritage, incorporated into his works of art a rich montage of influences from American, African, Asian and European art and culture. He was widely recognized as a master collagist, scholar, writer, jazz aficionado, and a socially and culturally engaged humanist.

The Celebration was conceived of and organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization established by the artist’s estate, as a way to engage all of New York in recognizing Bearden’s extraordinary artistic contributions to this city and to American and world art.

For more information on the artist, the Foundation, and the Celebration, please call the Foundation at 212-924-0455, located at 305 7th Avenue, 13th floor, New York, NY 10001.

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



:: September/October 2004

:: November 2004

:: December 2004

:: January 2005

:: February 2005

:: March 2005

celebration sponsors

lead sponsoR

cultural media sponsor

Major support for the Celebration provided by the Ford Foundation.

major sponsor



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.


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