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.

See below for events happening in January 2005.

*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.)


Visual Arts

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

The Harlem School of the ArtsDecember 4, 2004–January 15, 2005
Remembering Bearden—Celebration of HarlemCall: 212-926-4100 or Visit:
(See December listing for more information)

Brooklyn MuseumDecember 17, 2004–March 6, 2005
Romare Bearden in the Brooklyn Museum CollectionCall: 718-638-5000 or Visit:
(See December listing for more information)


Aaron Davis Hall January 13, 2005 | 7:30pm
Bearden Jazz JamIn the spirit of the visual rhythms and musical moods of Bearden’s Jazz Series, Harlem’s Center for the Performing Arts offers an evening-long collage of music, featuring the Houston Person Quartet and Ray Schennery. A jam session will follow the performance.

Location: The City College of New York
West 135th Street and Convent Avenue, New York
Admission: $10; FREE for musicians who bring instruments to join in jam session
Subway: A, B, C, D to 125th Street, then M100 or M101 to 135th Street & Amsterdam Avenue; 1, 9 to 137th Street/City College; B, C to 135th Street
Bus: M11, M100, M101 to 135th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
Call: 212-650-7100 or Visit:

Jamaica Center for Arts & LearningJanuary 20, 2005 | 8:00pm
Bearden Jazz Jam SessionA jam session in honor of Romare Bearden with the Eric Lemon Trio plus special guests, including James Spaulding on alto saxophone.

Location: 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
Admission: $10
Subway: E, J/Z to Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer; Bus: Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q9, Q20A, B, Q24, Q25/34, Q30, Q31, Q41, Q42, Q44, Q54, Q56, Q65, Q83, Q84, Q85, Q110, Q111, Q112, Q113 to Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer
Call: 718-658-7400 or Visit:


Brooklyn MuseumJanuary 5–March 4, 2005
Wednesdays through Fridays | 10am & 12pm
Programs for TeachersWork from the Museum’s Bearden exhibition is included in single and multi-visit programming for schools. From teachers studying the connection between art and literacy in the Professional Development Days and Teacher Leadership Program to students studying such themes as collage and community, the museum engages students and teachers in the work and life of Romare Bearden.

Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Admission: call 718-501-6221
Subway: 2, 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum
Call: 718-638-5000 or Visit:



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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