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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 September/October 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.)

 

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2004 EVENTS
Music

JazzmobileSeptember 1, 2004 | 7pm
Birthday Party for Romare Bearden A performance featuring jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, produced by, and staged on Jazzmobile’s Float at Grant’s Tomb kicks off the Homecoming Celebration during Bearden’s birthday month (born September 2, 1911).

Location: Grant’s Tomb, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, New York
Admission: FREE
Subway: 1, 9 to 116th Street
Call: 212-866-4900 or Visit: www.jazzmobile.org

St. George TheaterOctober 18, 2004 | 7:30pm
Universal Temple of the Arts presents its 17th Annual “Staten Island Jazz” ConcertAlto saxophonist, flutist and composer James Spaulding and his group Expressions, and local talent present a special tribute to honor Romare Bearden with offerings of music and dance.

Location: 35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island
Admission: $15/adults; $7/children with advance purchase; $20/adults; $10/children at the door; Group and senior rates available
Bus: S42 from the Staten Island Ferry to Hyatt Street and St. Marks Place or walk from Ferry to Hyatt Street
Call: 718-273-5610 Visual Arts

Whitney Museum of American ArtOctober 14, 2004–January 9, 2005 The Art of Romare BeardenThe long-awaited retrospective of the work of Romare Bearden, organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, features watercolors, prints, tapestries and book illustrations, as well as the vibrant collages and photomontages for which he is best known. Bearden’s visual narrative takes us from the rural South to the industrial North, from Harlem to the Caribbean island of St. Martin.

Location: 945 Madison Avenue, New York
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11am–6pm; Friday 1–9pm (6–9pm pay-what-you-wish admission)
Admission: $12/adults; $9.50/students and seniors; Free for children under 12, NYC public school students, members
Subway: 6 to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 74th Street & Madison Avenue
Call: 800-WHITNEY or Visit: www.whitney.org

Children’s Museum of ManhattanOctober 14, 2004–May 1, 2005
Sunday Morning Breakfast: Inside the Art of Romare BeardenView Romare Bearden’s original, vibrant work, Sunday Morning Breakfast. Explore the relationship between visual art and storytelling and engage in the process of collage making.

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 MuseumOctober 16–December 31, 2004
Romare Bearden’s Li’l Dan, the Drummer BoyAn exhibition of the original artwork from the recently published and award-winning children’s book, Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story, written and illustrated by Romare Bearden.

Location: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn
Hours: Wednesday–Friday 1pm–6pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am–6pm
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

The Metropolitan Museum of ArtOctober 19, 2004–March 7, 2005
Romare Bearden at the MetDrawn exclusively from the Museum’s collection of works by the artist, this selection showcases Bearden’s creative versatility in a variety of media. Highlights will include the famous six-part collage of Harlem street life, The Block (1971). This masterpiece is Bearden’s lively tribute to the New York City neighborhood that nurtured his life and his work. Bearden’s designs also successfully translated into tapestry. Recollection Pond (1975), on view for the first time at the Met, is a rare example of his work with textiles and was the result of his collaboration with Gloria Ross Tapestries, New York. These two works will be joined by a selection of works on paper that highlight the artist’s range of subjects and media.

Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 9:30am–5:30pm; Friday & Saturday 9:30am–9:00pm; Sunday 9:30am–5:30pm
Admission: $12.00 suggested for adults; $7.00 suggested for students and senior citizens; free for members and children under 12 with an adult
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)
Call: 212-535-7710 or Visit: www.Metmuseum.org

Art Galleries

Peg Alston Fine Arts, IncOctober 9–31, 2004
Visions Of and By Romare BeardenCollages, drawings and prints by Romare Bearden and photographs of the artist by Anthony Barboza and Frank Stewart.

Location: 407 Central Park West, Suite 1C, New York
Hours: By appointment only, call 212-663-8333
Admission: FREE
Subway: B, C to 96th Street
Call: 212-663-8333

June Kelly GalleryOctober 9–November 9, 2004
Romare Bearden: The Last Years, Photographs by Frank StewartAn exhibition accompanied by a new publication by professional photographer and author Frank Stewart, with an introduction by National Gallery of Art curator Ruth Fine and a foreword by scholar and artist David Driskell, featuring over 100 photographs that capture Bearden in varied environments—his Long Island City studio, his Soho loft, his home in St. Martin, with his wife, friends and other artists.

Location: 591 Broadway, New York
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–6pm
Admission: Free
Subway: N, R to Prince Street
Call: 212-226-1660 or Visit: www.junekellygallery.com

Franklin Riehlman and Megan Moynihan Fine ArtOctober 12–November 6, 2004
Artist and Dealer: Romare Bearden and Sheldon RossAn exhibition exploring the relationship between Romare Bearden and one of his dealers, Sheldon Ross, including eleven collages and three watercolors. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by Sharon Patton, director of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian.

Location: 24 East 73rd Street, New York
Hours: By appointment only, call 212-879-2545
Admission: FREE
Subway: 6 to 77th Street
Call: 212-879-2545 or Visit: www.nycpainting.com

ACA GalleriesOctober 16–December 11, 2004
Romare Bearden (1911-1988)
In the Garden of Dreams

Reception and book signing with Myron Schwartzman, author of
Romare Bearden: His Life and Art.

This exhibition includes over 50 original works of art including important collages, watercolors, monotypes and drawings. Among the collages featured are Maudell Sleet’s Garden, 1978, one of Bearden’s most famous images. Also on view is a recently discovered collage from circa 1956. It was found on the back of a 1946 watercolor and is among the earliest collages by Romare Bearden known to exist.

Location: 529 West 20th Street, 5th floor, New York
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 – 6pm
Admission: Free
Subway: C, E, 1, 9 to 23rd Street
Call: 212-206-8080 or Visit: www.acagalleries.com

Essie Green GalleriesOctober 23–November 20, 2004
Romare Bearden: True LoveAn exhibition of works received from Bearden, the gallery’s mentor from 1974 to 1987, when he returned to making art that featured oils on paper, watercolors and mixed media. Considered by Bearden to be his best work during these latter years of his life.

Location: 419 Convent Avenue, New York
Hours: By appointment only, call 212-368-9635
Admission: Free
Subway: A, B, C, D to 145th Street
Call: 212-368-9635

DANCE

Joyce Theater Foundation/Joyce SohoOctober 11, 2004 | 6–8pm
Dance Talks: On the Block, A Work-In-Progress and
Lecture/Demonstration
A Dance Talks open rehearsal of a contemporary dance piece inspired by Bearden’s famous collage painting, The Block. Created especially for the Homecoming Celebration by the newly reconstituted Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre, the company founded in the 1970’s by Bearden’s wife. Directed by Sheila Rohan, Artistic Director and Walter Rutledge, Associate Artistic Director. Choreographer Hope Clarke (noted Broadway choreographer) and Dudley Williams (Alvin Ailey), among others, perform in this multidisciplinary piece, which includes spoken word.

Location: 155 Mercer Street, New York
Admission: Free with reservation; call 212-334-7479
Subway: R, W to Prince Street; B, D, F to Broadway/Lafayette; 6 to Bleecker Street
Call: 212-431-9233 or Visit: www.joyce.org

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Whitney Museum of American ArtOctober 14, 2004 | 7pm
Conversations on Art: Albert Murray on Romare Bearden, Art and American CultureThe esteemed man of letters discusses the life, achievements and example of his friend Romare Bearden. With exhibition curator Ruth Fine, Bearden scholar and Tisch School of the Arts dean Mary Schmidt Campbell, and senior staff photographer at Jazz at Lincoln Center Frank Stewart, Murray lays out Bearden’s crucial relationship to the American scene, past and present. Stewart’s just-published visual biography, Romare Bearden (2004), will be available following the lecture.

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

Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia UniversityOctober 15, 2004 | 2pm–7:30pm 501 Schermerhorn Hall
October 16, 2004 | 10am–5pm 501 Schermerhorn Hall
October 16, 2004 | 7pm Keynote Speech Lerner Hall
The World of Romare Bearden: A SymposiumA distinguished group of scholars, artists, writers, intellectuals and musicians offers an in-depth examination of Bearden’s art and life. The symposium focuses on three distinct areas: (1) The Life of the Artist, with panelists Frank Stewart, Myron Schwartzman, Richard Long, Russell Goings, June Kelly, David Driskell, moderated by Robert O’Meally; (2) Close Reading/The Realm of Visual Art, with panelists Mary Schmidt-Campbell, Kellie Jones, Ruth Fine, Diedra Harris-Kelley, Bridget Cooks, moderated by Lowery Stokes-Sims; and (3) Bearden and the Other Arts and Disciplines, with panelists Farah Jasmine Griffin, Brent Hayes Edwards, Jackie McLean, Richard Powell, moderated by C. Daniel Dawson. Readings by Charles Dutton and S. Epatha Merkenson. Keynote Speech presented by Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

Location: Columbia University campus at 116th and Broadway, New York
Admission: FREE
Subway: 1, 9 to 116th Street/Columbia University
Call: 212-851-1633 or Visit: www.jazz.columbia.edu

The Studio Museum in HarlemOctober 23 | 10am
Architectural Walking ToursParticipants explore Bearden’s Harlem with architectural preservationist and Harlem resident John Reddick. Highlighted will be many of the architectural forms and street scenes as seen in Bearden’s artwork, with a focus on Harlem’s rich history.

Location: 144 West 125th Street, New York
Admission: $20/general public; $15/students, seniors, members
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, B, C, D to 125th Street; Bus: M2, M7, M10, M100, M101, M102, BX15 to 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
Call: 212-864-4500 or Visit: www.studiomuseum.org

CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS

Snug Harbor Cultural CenterOctober 2, 2004 | 11amFamily DayA Family Day focusing on the central themes of Bearden’s work, led by Snug Harbor Cultural Center’s Education department. A teaching artist takes participants, young and old, through a hands-on process of collage technique.

Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Admission: $3/students; $5/adults
Bus: S40 from Staten Island Ferry
Call: 718-448-2500 or Visit: www.snug-harbor.org

Children’s Museum of ManhattanOctober 16, 2004 | 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Art of Romare BeardenSee Romare Bearden’s bold and expressive collage Sunday Morning Breakfast and create your own mixed-media portrait using cutout magazine and newspaper images.

Face-to-FaceOctober 16, 2004 | 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Using Romare Bearden’s work as inspiration, children ages 5 and older play with distortion and scale to create mixed-media portraits of family and friends using cutout magazine and newspaper images.

Uptown Kids Urban Dance Theater
October 16, 2004 | 2pm, 3pm

Celebrate African-American history and the Harlem Renaissance with young dancers from the Uptown Dance Academy under the direction of Robin Williams, formerly of Nanette Bearden’s Contemporary Dance Theatre.

Jazzy Rhythms on PaperOctober 16 & 17, 2004 | 10:30am & 1:30pm

Romare Bearden was deeply influenced by jazz music and performers. Children ages 2–4 listen to jazz music, including works by Wynton Marsalis who was a personal friend of Bearden, and mimic the fast/slow rhythms and loud/soft volumes of jazz as they paint or draw onto paper.

My BlockOctober 17, 2004 | 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Children ages 5 and up create a collage painting of their own street or neighborhood based on Romare Bearden’s large-scale work The Block.

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 MuseumOctober 16 & 17, 2004 | 3pmBearden’s Block & Bearden’s BluesDuring the Saturday program, participants enjoy a reading of poetry and prose from children’s books featuring Bearden’s work, see community and culture in Bearden’s collages and then make a collage of their own block. And on Sunday, families explore Bearden’s art through the African-American poetry and blues tradition to inspire them to create their own paintings and lyrics.

Location: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn
Admission: $4.00 (programs Free with museum admission)
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

The Metropolitan Museum of ArtOctober 2004–March 2005: For more information, visit www.metmuseum.orgEducation Programs at the MetA variety of special programs will be held in conjunction with the Romare Bearden special installation at the Metropolitan Museum honoring the life and work of this great artist. Among the many activities planned for the general public, teachers, students, young people and families will be special guest speakers, films on the life and work of Bearden, family tours, and musical performances. These activities will take place both in the Museum and at venues outside of the Museum.

Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York
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)
Call: 212-535-7710 or Visit: www.Metmuseum.org

Whitney Museum of American ArtOctober 23 & 24, 2004 | 11am–3pmFifth Annual Free Family Weekend!In conjunction with the exhibition, The Art of Romare Bearden, children and families go on guided tours, hear storytellers, jazz performances and join in a communal art project.

Location: 945 Madison Avenue, New York
Admission: Free for all families with children, recommended for ages 4–10 accompanied by their parents or adult friends. Registration is required: www.whitney.org/families or call 212-671-5300
Subway: 6 to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 74th Street & Madison Avenue

 

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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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