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Exhibition: Betye Saar - Keepin' It Clean

January 12–May 27, 2019
New York Historical Society

Contemporary artist Betye Saar has shaped the development of assemblage art in the United States, particularly as a device to illuminate social and political concerns. A key figure in the Black Arts Movement and the feminist art movement of the 1960-70s, Saar’s distinct vision harmonizes the personal and the political. Over the years, Saar has transformed the representation of African Americans in American culture by recycling and reclaiming derogatory images such as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle Toms, sambos, and mammies to confront the continued racism in American society and create representations of strength and perseverance.

Walking Tour - East Harlem - El Barrio: Where Art, Culture & Community Intersect

March 1–July 26, 2019
El Barrio's Artspace PS 109

East Harlem – El Barrio is characterized by its murals, community gardens, casitas, and botanicas – a conglomeration of Puerto Rican, Mexican and Dominican influences of mostly working-class immigrants.

Exhibition - Crusader: Martin Luther King, Jr.

March 26–June 15, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. presents an intimate travelogue of King’s pilgrimage to India, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance in Oslo, Norway, and his work as a non-violent crusader for civil rights captured by select photographers of the day.

The Harlem Chamber Players Season Finale Gala Concert

May 1–June 30, 2019
Miller Theatre - Columbia University

We will close our 11th Anniversary Season with a Gala orchestral concert, featuring Met Opera soprano Janinah Burnett, violinist Ashley Horne, and violist Amadi Azikiwe in an evening of music, which will include the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Adolphus Hailstork's Two Romances for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's Sinfonietta No. 1, and Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Maestro Ariel Rudiakov will conduct.

Exhibition: A Ballad for Harlem

May 2–July 31, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

A Ballad for Harlem contains recent key acquisitions and specific collection highlights related to the Schomburg Center's broader Home to Harlem initiative, we examine several strands of the wide world that is Harlem. Foundational figures like Langston Hughes serve as a guide across the century that the Schomburg Center has borne witness to Harlem’s changing same.

Exhibition: Augusta Savage - Renaissance Woman

May 3–July 28, 2019
New York Historical Society

Artist Augusta Savage (1892–1962) overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of America’s most influential 20th-century artists. Her sculptures celebrate African American culture, and her work as an arts educator, activist, and Harlem Renaissance leader catalyzed social change

Tap Family Reunion 2019: Celebrating Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

May 23–26, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Check out the second annual Tap Family Reunion, a four-day celebration of National Tap Dance Day, including Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's Birthday. Events include performances, gatherings, workshops and so much more!

Frankie Manning Tribute Dance - A Harlem Lindy Hop Day Celebration

May 26, 2019
Alhambra Ballroom

A Harlem Lindy Hop Day Celebration Celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Ambassador of Swing Frankie Manning

Performance: 125th & FREEdom Conceived, Choreographed & Directed by Ebony Noelle Golden

June 1–30, 2019
National Black Theatre

125th & FREEdom is a site-specific dance performance that takes the whole corridor of 125th street as a theatrical stage and explores the question: "If Harriet Tubman was alive today, how would she free black people?” 125th & FREEdom is comprised of 10 choreo-poetic rituals from the East River to the Hudson River

Walking Tour - Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

June 8, 2019
Harlem Streets & Boulevards

The migration of southern African Americans to Harlem fostered a direct dialogue with immigrant African descendants from the Caribbean and the broader diaspora. At this time, Harlem was also the city’s second largest Jewish community. This proximity fostered black engagement with the area’s immigrant Eastern European/Russian Jews.

29th Annual Mount Morris Park House Tour

June 9, 2019
Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association

This period, extending from the 1920's thru the 1940's, was expressed through every cultural medium - visual art, dance, music, theatre, literature, poetry, history and politics. We will focus on the times during the HARLEM Renaissance when legendary artists like Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday and others lived, performed or partied in brownstones in the Harlem community. We will showcase these homes, past and present, and the people that currently live in them