Charles Searles Two Dancing Figures Painting

Harlem Art Then and Now:

A Celebration of Community and Contemporary Art
Harlem Art Then and Now: A Celebration of Community and Contemporary Art
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Exhibition Details
 
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
163 West 125th Street, Harlem, New York
2nd Floor Art Gallery and Community Room
Open Fridays 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
February 7, 2020 through March 27, 2020

 

About the Collection

About the Harlem Art Then and Now Exhibition

 

Community art is a timeless expression of experiences that communicates philosophical, social, spiritual, cultural, and political ideas.  This art helps to create bonds, influence society, and support community identity— illustrating the collective history of a neighborhood that only residents can tell.

Harlem Art Then and Now is a celebration of community and contemporary art.  Selections from both New York State’s Harlem Art Collection and the work of current Harlem artists outside of the collection pays tribute to the many styles of American art which were the foundations to broader movements. Today’s artists, anchored by the Harlemites who helped set the tone for artist collectives and Black art in America, prove an ongoing rebirth of ideas that continue to uplift the social, economic, cultural and geopolitical experience of humanity. 

The visual lens of these artists, the array of subject matter, color, form, and style, symbolism and perspective, narrate authentic stories that illustrate a connection to their influences. Imperative to realization, these works of art are firmly rooted in the expressions and inspirations of Black experiences.  Who the artists are and what the artists determine to define is a visual palette for their artistic heirs.

 

Top Image: Charles Searles, Two Dancing Figures, 1976, oil on paper

 

Exhibition Highlights

Charles Searles

 

Charles Searles Two Dancing Figures Painting

 

Charles Searles

Two Dancing Figures, 1976, oil on paper
NYS Harlem Art Collection

 

Searles’s Dancer series was inspired by a trip to Africa and his love for percussion instruments, particularly the congas. Two Dancing Figures incorporates both bright and colorful African imagery and musical movement.  

 


 

 

 

 

 

Gerald Jones

 

Gerald Jones The First African Son Painting

 

Gerald Jones

The First African Son, 2019, oil on canvas

 

“Artist of the First Kind” - My art is a gift to myself and others, it reflects my heart and soul. I want my art to be significant and real to all who experience it. Since life means change my art is always changing which is a part of the cycle of life.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Greg Mills

 

Greg Mills Dances of the Voodoo Goddess Ezili Painting

 

Greg Mills

Dances of the Voodoo Goddess Ezili, 2016, collage and acrylic on canvas

 

As Artist and Art Curator, I am in pursuit of exploring vestiges of the creative process through the windows of visual curiosity and self-determination all in a quest for art-making as Spirit-driven energy to inspire. My image making speaks from Soul to Soul in every imaginable way creating civilizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Harrison

 

Katherine Harrison Malcolm X Pilgrimage to Mecca Painting

 

Katherine Harrison

Malcolm X Pilgrimage to Mecca, 1964, collage reproduction 

 

Katherine Harrison, New York resident, is a self-taught collage expressionist whose creative process is through meditation. She is also a mental health Wellness advocate.

The image, Malcolm X Pilgrimage to Mecca, 1964 is inspired by her own personal journey of spiritual discipline and empowerment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pheoris West

 

Pheoris West Cornerin' Painting

 

Pheoris West

Cornerin', 1976, acrylic on canvas 
NYS Harlem Art Collection

 

A self-titled Afrocentric artist, Pheoris West incorporates African imagery throughout his work:

Africentricity is what explains the structure of my art work while not neglecting the aspect of making art.  Making the art comes from a passion to create that artists are blessed with.  Making artwork is a way of creating life.