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 March 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.)



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)

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)

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)


BAMcafé LiveMarch 11, 2005 | 9pm
Jazz JamA program dedicated to female musicians in honor of Bearden’s connections to the jazz scene, featuring Bertha Hope, “Sweet” Sue Terry, Carlene Ray, Paula Hampton and Ulysses Slaughter of Jazzberry Jam.

Location: 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Admission: No Cover! $10 Food/Drink minimum
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q to Atlantic Avenue; D, M, N, R to Pacific Street
Call: 718-636-4111 or Visit:

651 ARTSMarch 2005: For exact date, time, and admission information, call 718-636-4181
Salon 651: Jazz JamIn celebration of Bearden’s love of jazz, 651 ARTS presents a special jazz jam concert as part of its newly launched Salon 651 series, which features new work by contemporary artists in an intimate, cabaret-style setting and often pairs established and emerging artists.

Location: BRIC Studio
57 Rockwell Place, 2nd floor, Brooklyn
Subway: 1, 2, 4, 5 to Nevins Street; N, R, Q to DeKalb Avenue; G to Fulton Street
Bus: B25, B26, B38, B52 to Fulton Street
Call: 718-636-4181 or Visit:


Bronx Museum of the ArtsMarch 12, 2005 | 1–3pm
Families FirstA program for families with children aged 5-10 years to explore and create fun, hands-on art-making activities based on Romare Bearden’s work.

Location: 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Admission: FREE
Hours: Wednesday 12pm–9pm; Thursday–Sunday 12pm–6pm
Subway: 4, B, D to 161st Street/Yankee Stadium
Bus: BX1, BX2 to 165th Street & Concourse
Call: 718-681-6000 or Visit:

Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford Stuyvesant HistoryMarch 19 & 20, 2005 | 2–4pm
Bearden Family Weekend at WeeksvilleA weekend of storytelling at the Weeksville historic site, in conjunction with Brownstone Books.

Location: 1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
Admission: Suggested donation; free for children under 12 and residents living in the 11213 zip code area (with ID)
Subway: A, C, 3, 4 to Utica Avenue
Call: 718-623-0600 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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