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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 November 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.)

 

NOVEMBER 2004 EVENTS

VISUAL ARTS

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureNovember 5, 2004–January 4, 2005Romare Bearden: From the ArchivesDrawing on its collections and collector Russell Goings’, the Schomburg Center will present original sketches, drawings, paintings, and posters, plus items from Romare Bearden’s personal library and selected nontraditional pieces among the artist’s work. The exhibition will explore aspects of Bearden’s approach to developing his craft.

Location: 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm; Sunday 1pm–5pm
Admission: Free
Subway: 2, 3 to 135th Street; Bus: M7, M102 to 135th & Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Boulevard)
Call: 212-491-2200 or Visit: www.schomburgcenter.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)

MUSIC

Brooklyn Children’s MuseumNovember 14, 2004 | 2:30pm
Romare Bearden’s Jazz JamA dynamic jazz performance for families by the Winard Harper Group.

Location: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn
Admission: $4.00 (programs Free with museum admission)
Subway: A to Nostrand Avenue; C to Kingston/Throop; 3 to Kingston Avenue
Bus: B43, B44 to St. Marks Avenue; B45, B65 to Brooklyn Avenue
Call: 718-735-4400 or Visit: www.brooklynkids.org

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Whitney Museum of American ArtNovember 3, 2004 | 7pm
Conversations on Art: Sound & VisionRomare Bearden’s artwork has long been discussed in its relationship--via both form and content--to jazz. Robert O’Meally, the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, joins Ruth Fine, The Art of Romare Bearden exhibition curator to riff on the relationship of Bearden’s art to jazz and discuss the many connections between painting and music.

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 Art
Youth2Youth ToursNovember 5, 12, 19, 2004 | 4pm & 5pm

Students in the Whitney Museum’s Youth Insights program lead free interactive tours of the Romare Bearden exhibit for visiting high school students every Friday night during the month of November.


Look Out! Tour the Art of Romare Bearden
November 6, 2004 | 2–3:30pm for ages 7–11
November 20, 2004 | 2–3:30pm for ages 5–8


Children explore the variety of ways Romare Bearden played with scale in his works. By examining his paintings, collages, and drawings, they experience the breadth and magic of Bearden’s work.
Admission: Free with museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is recommended: www.whitney.org/families or Call 212-570-7745

Admission: FREE, Reservations required

American Stories: Celebrate Romare BeardenNovember 20, 2004 | 4–5pm

Children read Bearden’s Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story and I Live in Music, a poem written by Ntozake Shange, with art by Romare Bearden.

Admission: FREE with museum admission, suggested for families with children ages 5–10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is recommended: www.whitney.org/families or Call 212-570-7745

Family Fun! Romare Bearden’s Art and LifeWhitney Museum of American Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem (SMH) offer a two-part family program.

Session One:
November 6, 2004 | 10am–12pm

Families join SMH on a trolley ride throughout Harlem to discover Romare Bearden’s neighborhood, explore the Kerry James Marshall exhibition at the SMH and create their own work of art that captures the sights and sounds of Harlem. The following week the participants bring their work to the Whitney Museum to compare their views with Bearden’s.

Location: The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street, New York
Admission: Free for families with children ages 5–10; register at 212-570-7745

Session Two:
November 13, 2004 | 9am–11am

Children explore The Art of Romare Bearden exhibition at the Whitney and learn how to make their own fabulous collages.
Location: 945 Madison Avenue, New York
Admission: Free for families with children ages 5–10; register at 212-570-7745

Children’s Museum of ManhattanNovember 6, 2004 | 11am & 12pm
November 7 & 11, 2004 | 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Night and Day CityscapesInspired by Romare Bearden’s lively collage paintings of day and night cityscapes, children ages 5 and older use collage materials, pastels and paints to create their own paintings of their neighborhood, showing how it changes from daylight to nighttime.

Telling Stories with ArtNovember 14, 2004 | 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

After viewing Romare Bearden’s bold and expressive collage Sunday Morning Breakfast, children ages 5 and older tell the story of what breakfast on Sunday is like in their families using cutout magazines and newspaper images.

Location: 212 West 83rd Street, New York
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 10am–5pm; open Monday and Tuesday on NYC public school holidays
Admission: $7.00 (programs Free with museum admission)
Subway: 1, 9 to 79th Street or 86th Street; B, C to 81st Street
Bus: M79 to 79th & Broadway; M86 to 86th & Broadway; M7, M10, M11, M104 to 83rd & Broadway
Call: 212-721-1223 or Visit: www.cmom.org

Brooklyn Children’s MuseumNovember 13, 2004 | 12:30–2:30pm & 3:30–5:30pmPieces of Memory: Celebrating Romare Bearden’s CollagesFamilies will be immersed in the visual arts, music and images of the environments that inspired Bearden’s work and then create their own meaningful collages.

Location: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn
Admission: $4.00 (programs Free with museum admission; Preregister at 718-735-4400, ext.112)
Hours: Wednesday–Friday 1pm–6pm; Saturday–Sunday 11am–6pm
Subway: A to Nostrand Avenue; C to Kingston/Throop; 3 to Kingston Avenue
Bus: B43, B44 to St. Marks Avenue; B45, B65 to Brooklyn Avenue
Call: 718-735-4400 or Visit: www.brooklynkids.org

PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATORS

Whitney Museum of American ArtNovember 3, 2004 | 4–6pmOpen House for EducatorsPublic and private school educators and administrators are invited to join the Whitney Education staff to view current exhibitions, learn about programs and available resources, meet other educators and plan a school group visit.

Location: 945 Madison Avenue, New York
Admission: FREE, registration is recommended, call 212-570-7745

Whitney Museum of American Art and
The Studio Museum in Harlem

November 8, 2004 | 4:30–7:30pm
Location: The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street, New York

November 10, 2004 | 4:30–7:30pm
Location: Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue, New York

Educators WorkshopsIn conjunction with The Art of Romare Bearden exhibition, the Whitney Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem (SMH) present two special workshops for educators teaching grades K-12. Workshops are designed to help teachers integrate the new Curriculum Blueprint in the Visual Arts into classroom lessons. Teachers participate in tours of the Romare Bearden and Kerry James Marshall exhibitions at the Whitney and SMH, respectively, hands-on activities and curriculum development sessions. New Teacher Credit is available.

Admission: $30 for both workshops. You must register for and attend both dates; call 212-570-7745

The Metropolitan Museum of ArtNovember 13, 2004 | 10:00am–1:00pm
Teacher’s Workshop: Romare Bearden at the MetTimed to coincide with a special installation of Romare Bearden’s extraordinary art, this workshop examines the artist’s powerful imagery and creative versatility, including a close look at his famous six-part collage of Harlem’s street life, titled The Block (1971). Writing and drawing activities will be incorporated into the program.

Instructors: Nelly Silagy Benedek and Randy Williams.
Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York
Admission: $40; Preregistration required, call 212-288-7733
Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 82nd Street & Fifth Avenue (downtown) or to 83rd Street & Madison Avenue (uptown)
Visit: www.Metmuseum.org

Other Programs of Interest

Whitney Museum of American ArtNovember 10, 2004 | 7pmConversations on Art: Aesthetic Values, Yesterday & TodayA collaboration with the Studio Museum in Harlem (SMH) and their Kerry James Marshall exhibition, One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics, which will be on view at SMH through the run of the Bearden show. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, and Thelma Golden, SMH Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs/Chief Curator, tackle key debates in the history of black aesthetics - and examine the legacy of these debates in and for contemporary art-making.

Location: 945 Madison Avenue, New York
Admission: To all programs, unless otherwise noted $8; $6 for members, senior citizens and students; advance sales recommended - call 877-WHITNEY or visit the Museum Admissions desk
Subway: 6 to 77th Street; Bus: M1, 2, 3, 4 to 74th Street & Madison Avenue
Call: 800-WHITNEY or Visit: www.whitney.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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