Calendar of Events

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

October 17, 2018–March 3, 2019
New York Historical Society

Opening to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and highlights the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. It also examines the depth and breadth of opposition to black advancement

Sugar Hill Songbook: Select Work by Faith Ringgold

October 18, 2018–March 31, 2019
Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling

The exhibition showcases work attesting to Ringgold’s relationship with jazz, while also framing her longstanding commitment to social and political activism.

Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

October 24, 2018–February 10, 2019
Wallach Art Gallery

This exhibition explores the changing modes of representation of the black figure as central to the development of modern art. The models' interactions with and influences on painters, sculptors and photographers are highlighted through archival photographs, correspondence and films. The artists featured in the exhibition depicted black subjects in a manner counter to typical representations of the period. The works included highlight the little-known, multiracial aspect of each artist’s milieu.

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.

Paris on the Brink: Mary McAuliffe with Laura Hughes

January 16, 2019
New York Public Library

In Paris on the Brink, Mary McAuliffe (author of Dawn of the Belle Epoque, Twilight of the Belle Epoque, When Paris Sizzled, and Clash of Crowns) brings this extraordinary era to life through rich illustrations and evocative narrative. She will be joined in conversation by Laura Hughes, a specialist of 20th- and 21st-century French writing, with a focus on archives and autobiography.

Discussion: Fashioning the New Negro with Harvard Professor, Dr. Jonathan M. Square

January 20, 2019
New York Historical Society

How did African Americans use fashion to fight for equality? Join us as Harvard professor Dr. Jonathan M. Square, founder of Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom, explores African American fashions as a radical form self-determination on a special tour of our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.

Spiritual Sing with Alice Parker

January 20, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

African American Spirituals were the life-blood of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s movement. "We are an army that will sing but not slay," he wrote. All are welcome to experience the power of these wonderful songs under the leadership of Melodious Accord's Alice Parker and Pamela Warrick Smith.

Close Conversation: Interpreting James Baldwin Today

January 22, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

Nicholas Boggs and Gabrielle Bellot join Elizabeth Howard in conversation about the novel If Beale Street Could Talk, recently released as a movie and directed by Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins, and Little Man, Little Man by James Baldwin with illustrations by Yoran Cazac

Docent Led Gallery Tour - Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

January 23–February 20, 2019
New York Historical Society

How did African Americans organize to overcome the hardships of Jim Crow? On this docent-led tour, witness the experiences and events that shaped life for African Americans in the 50 years following the Civil War, and learn about the central role African Americans played in advocating for their rights.

George Gee Big Band Tribute to Frank Foster

January 27, 2019
Birdland Jazz Club


Opening of The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls

February 14, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

Join us for the opening of The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, the next in a series of Cathedral-wide initiatives focused on the intersections between spirituality, contemporary social issues, and human rights and dignity.

Ragtime to Jazz: Harlem's Black and Jewish Music Culture, 1890 - 1930

February 20, 2019
New York Historical Society

Through sheet music, recordings, and other documents, Reddick illustrates the cultural links between Harlem's turn-of-the-century African American composers (James Reese Europe, H.T. Burleigh) and its Jewish composers (George Gershwin, Richard Rogers) and the back-and-forth influence they had on jazz and popular music. Join us to explore how African American and Jewish musicians expressed their outsider feelings in society through their art.

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

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