Event Calendar

Ellison at 100

Reading Invisible Man

Mar 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Schomburg Center: 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
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  • Ralph Ellison, 1961
    Photographer unknown.
    Courtesy of the National Archives (61-8989, 306-PS-A)

The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are pleased to announce a major collaboration celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s greatest writers, Ralph Ellison. On Saturday, March 1, 2014—a century after Ellison’s birth in Oklahoma City—Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man will kick off a year of programs and initiatives celebrating the Ellison Centennial.

Thanks to support from the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust, Ellison at 100 embraces both the international influence of Ellison’s work and his love for the Harlem neighborhood, his home for nearly six decades. From 10 am to 5 pm on March 1, a wide variety of actors, writers, musicians, visual artists and community leaders will stage a collective reading of selections from Invisible Man (1952) at the Schomburg Center’s Langston Hughes auditorium, located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard and West 135th Street in Harlem. From Harlem youth to celebrated performers, diverse voices will bring highlights from Ellison’s iconic novel to life and celebrate its spirit with musical interludes.

Schedule:

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Ralph Ellison and the Future: Youth Reading Invisible Man
View the livestream here.

Ramya Ramana, 2014 NYC Youth Poet Laureate
Arnell Calderon — junior at The New York, City iSchool and 2013 participant, Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History and Community at the Studio Museum
Christopher Neal — sophomore at Manhattan Hunter Science High Schooland 2014 participant, Expanding the Walls
Participants in the The Junior Scholars Program at the Schomburg Center

1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Reading Invisible Man
View the livestream here

 

1 p.m.

Bill T. Jones, Prologue

Music by Aaron Diehl
 
2 p.m.

Oren Jacoby and friends, Chapter Nine
Alondra Nelson, Chapter Eleven
Deborah Willis, Chapter Seventeen

3 p.m.

Jonathan McCrory, Chapter Twenty-One
Greg Tate, Chapter Twenty-Three
Music by Marcelle Davies-Lashley

4 p.m.

Terrance McKnight, Epilogue
Music by Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber / REBELLUM

 

Ralph Ellison lived in Harlem from the late 1930s until his death on April 16, 1994. He was a prominent figure in the neighborhood’s overlapping literary and artistic communities. Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man honors this legacy through a landmark collaboration between two leading Harlem-based cultural institutions. The participating artists in the program have been specially curated by the Studio Museum and the Schomburg Center teams, following in both institutions’ tradition of exploring Harlem as a site for artistic and literary creation. Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man will engage the energy of the local community, including youth participants in educational programs at both institutions. The event will culminate in a reception featuring music and cuisine of the Harlem neighborhood.

Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man is free and open to all but space may be limited. RSVP via email.

Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man is organized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The Studio Museum in Harlem with the generous support of the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust.

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