Exhibitions

NOW SHOWING in HARLEM:

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JULY 8 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

Conversations in Patterns, Textiles, Figures and Portraits: JAMILLA OKUBO AND IFY CHIEJINA is an exhibition that speaks to the process of art by Kenyan American artist Jamilla Okubo and Nigerian American artist Ify Chiejina. It opens Saturday, July 8 from 4:00-7PM at CALABAR GALLERY, located at 2504 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at the corner of 135th Street in New York City.

SEE Conversations in Patterns- Textiles, Figures, and portraits

JANUARY 26, 2017 – April 28, 2017

CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY

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Contemporary African Spirituality envisions what cultural practices have been mixed, juxtaposed and collided with ideas, themes, materiality and techniques that are African and Modern. View a power point presentation.

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ARTISTS IN THE SHOW:

Fally Sène Sow, Serge Diakota Mabilama , Nancy Mteki, Sikhumbuzo Makandula, Henri Abraham Guirma, Tania L. Balan-Gaubert, Elvira Clayton, Ahmed Tijay Mohammed, Ida Owens, Rhonda Gray, Rehema Chachage, Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Mukhtara Yusuf, Joyce Morrow Jones, Sokari Ekine, Tyrone McCants and Nico Phooko. – PRESS RELEASE HERE: press-release-contemporary-african-spirituality

Work in the show includes paintings, mixed media, photography, film, sculpture and installation. Additionally, the work of the show will be shown digitally at ART AFRICA FAIR in Capetown.

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MAY 11- JUNE 30, 2017

ENGAGING PORTRAITURE DIALOGUES BY IFY CHIEJINA
I am a process based visual artist that thinks conceptually. I create portraits and figurative pieces by referencing photographs. I aim to recreate and use the person/s depicted in a photograph to make work that signifies empowerment, and shows the importance of developing a healthy sense of self. Losing my mother to cancer has made it clearer to me that we as human beings have very little control over the outcome of many circumstances. Art-making allows me to cope with that fact. I use a number of different mediums to make my art pieces, and despite the fact that I follow certain steps, the end product changes. I do design a space for myself to see the things which I do possess control over, such as the subject matter I wish to portray in my art. Fertility and Mental health are topics that I am currently exploring in my work.

Ify Chiejina (Ifeatuanya Chiejina) is a visual artist born and raised in NYC, a black Igbo female visual artist with ideas, thoughts, and truths that are reflective of Nigerian customs and traditions. She primarily works in acrylic paint on canvas and or paper, and also in wet and dry based mediums such as charcoal and distorts the human figure. Her portraits and figurative pieces express emotions, personalities and character. As a visual artist, she is concerned with identifying the significance of self with feelings and thoughts, than depicting the head and body due to her upbringing, influences of German Abstract Expressionists, Expressionists, and Graphic artists.

Black Lives in Words and Images: tba

Black Lives in Words and Images speaks to the world of blackness in these times and since the election of Barack Obama. Exploring the positive and negative impacts of black lives, this exhibition seeks to capture a slice of Black Lives.

NATURE: Environment: Earth: TBA

NATURE: Environment: Earth engages in dialogues that speak to artists whose work is based on nature, the environment and earth. It explores the movements, the issues and the solutions.

Harlem and Brooklyn Dialogues: TBA

Harlem and Brooklyn Dialogues explores narratives of Harlem, the place, and Brooklyn, the place, in the lives and work of artists. It seeks to understand the similarities and differences of these two vital New York neighborhoods.

ART Politics: What Cause?: TBA

ART Politics: What Cause? dares to dive into what political issues artists are contemplating and the politics of art making in these times.

Brooklyn is the World: TBA

Brooklyn is the World, the exhibition explores the notion of being at the center of the universe and what it takes to be in the world’s eye. It explores the intrinsic diversity of this city, its people and culture at crossroads.


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NOVEMBER 4 – JANUARY 20, 2017

ELEMENTIKS: A Symbolic Interpretation of the Four Elements – Water, Air, Fire and Earth by Mboolomi

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Beatrice Lebreton and Ibou Ndoye are the two artists of Mboolomi.

Mboolomi (together in Wolof) is a team of two New York based artists with a common heritage and love for African culture collaborating on projects. Elementiks is a series of 104 small paintings and 12 medium size paintings exploring the symbolism of the four elements by each of these two artists.

SEPTEMBER 16 – OCTOBER 28, 2016

RED FORBIDDEN SPACE: New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Tetuan, Morocco by TAEESHA MUHAMMAD

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There is an unspoken language in being a woman. No matter the origin, there are customs and societal norms that dictate the movement women make. The beat of a woman’s life, in traditional settings has always started in the home. It is there where she is allowed to thrive in a certain space; where she moves freely and has a bit of control in a limited area. The fire in her can rage in this allotted space, and she can become the She that she will always be. Women have to find their groove and create a life within the limitations. In Red Forbidden Silence: The Secret Life of Women, we construct woman’s spaces, through tips and valleys of emotions, and assemble the ebb and flow of everyday life. There is complexity in the secret lives of women. The “piled on” things that all have to deal with as women… the expectations, experiences, responsibilities, the joy, pain, work, play, wins, losses, relationships, heartache, the hard, the soft, surroundings, future and past. There is a necessary facade to how feelings are interpreted and responded to. The sameness in hue and shape allow for the mold of emotions to hold in the crevice.

Taeesha Muhammad, a Brooklyn bred, Harlem based artist has been creating assemblages about women and traveling the globe to discover and observe how women live in space and time. 

JULY 28 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

DRIPPING INK: THE NIGERIAN CHAPTER BY MARCIA WILSON, PHOTOGRAPHER

Dripping Ink is a series of images that started in 2003. The series is a collection of authors of the African diaspora. The Nigerian Chapter is a segment of the series.

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JUNE 23 – JULY 25, 2016

BISA WENDY WASHINGTON and WILHELMINA OBATOLA GRANT: Narrating the Feminine with Assemblages and Found Objects

NARRATING THE FEMININE

APRIL 15 – JUNE 16, 2016: DOBA AFOLABI

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STATEMENT:

“My critical observation and keen interest in Cubism as a style and the ingenuity of Picasso, actually drove my mind to the genesis of this transfiguration which to me was inevitable, taking account of revelation of African aesthetics to the 1800s anthropologists causing their influx into Africa, most especially North East and the ancient Egyptian records. This activity consequently lured several other interests and inquisition which eventually created and inspired several artists including Picasso. My investigation on Picasso cubism and adaptation of African works and motifs, grew more with the portrait of Madame Gertrude, not to talk of Guernica and earlyillustrations of African sculptures. I always think that this development has been suppressed and made unpopular over the years probably because it is considered  “irrelevant” or seemingly a “derogatory association”. Whichever way the art Utopians decide, I refer to it as Picasso audacity of ingenuity, which has provoked this very pomposity of exposition I definitely tag as “AfroGentrification of Picasso”.