The Romare Bearden Homecoming Celebration honors Romare Bearden’s legacy of artistic and intellectual achievements from September 2004 to March 2005 with engaging visual art, music, dance, and education programs and events for all ages presented throughout the five boroughs.  

A joyous welcome home for Romare Bearden (1911-1988), a master collagist, scholar, author and jazz aficionado, the Celebration is occasioned by the presentation of his touring retrospective exhibition, The Art of Romare Bearden, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in October 2004.  This highly acclaimed exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

The Romare Bearden Homecoming Celebrationwas conceived of and organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation, a New York-based, nonprofit charitable organization that for over thirteen years has been committed to perpetuating the artist’s legacy. For more information on the artist, the Foundation, and the Celebration, please visit or call the Foundation at 212-924-0455.

The Altria Group is the Lead Sponsor of the Celebration and Museums NY/Museum Traveler is the Cultural Media Sponsor

Present your Metrocard at Romare Bearden Homecoming Programs and Events to receive a 10% discount and/or 2 for 1 Admission at selected participating institutions located in each NYC borough.



Grant’s Tomb 122nd Street and Riverside Drive
Birthday Party for Romare Bearden
A multigenerational jazz performance 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)

Date: September 1, 2004  7pm
Admission: Free

Subway: 1or 9 to 116th Street
Contact: Robin Bell-Stevens,
Call 212-866-4900 or visit
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Visual Arts
June Kelly Gallery
591 Broadway New York, NY 10012
Romare Bearden: The Last Years, Photographs by Frank Stewart
An exhibition to accompany a new publication of over 100 photographs taken 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. 

Dates: October 9 - November 9, 2004
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11am –6pm
Admission: Free

N, R to Prince Street
Contact: / Call 212-226-1660
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The Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
The Art of Romare Bearden
This 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.

Dates: October 14, 2004 – January 9, 2005
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday  11 am - 6 pm;
Friday  1 - 9 pm (6 - 9 pm 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
Contact: Frank Smigiel,
Call 800-WHITNEY or visit

Children’s Museum of Manhattan                   
212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY
Sunday Morning Breakfast: Inside the Art of Romare Bearden
An exhibition of Bearden’s vibrant 1,000-square-foot collage entitled Sunday MorningBreakfast. Numerous family-oriented programs will take place during the exhibition’s run.

Dates: October 14, 2004 - May 1, 2005 
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
Contact: Jane Bloom,
Call 212-721-1223 or visit

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Romare Bearden’s Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy  
An 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.

Dates: October 16 - December 31, 2004           
Hours: Wednesday - Friday  1pm – 6pm; Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 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
Contact: Niobe Ngozi,
Call 718-735-4400 or visit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY
Romare Bearden at the Met
Drawn 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.

Dates: October 19, 2004 – March 7, 2005
Hours: Friday 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday Closed*
Tuesday 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thursday 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Admission: $12.00 suggested for adults, $7.00 suggested for students and senior citizens; free to Members and children under twelve with an adult.

Subway: Take 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue; or take M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue (from uptown locations) to 82nd Street or along Madison Avenue (from downtown locations) to 83rd Street.

Call 212-535-7710


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October 04

June Kelly
The Whitney
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Brooklyn Children's Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Joyce Dance Theater