Kira Lynn Harris's The Block | Bellona is one of those works of art you can look at again and again and always see something new. Inspired by another of my favorite blocks, I decided to enumerate a few of these things! In The Block | Bellona you'll find:
- 68 windows (but only 5 shades!)
- 11 doors
- 5 angels
- 5 cars
- 3 birds
- 2 cats
- 1 fence
- 1 TV
- 1 light bulb
(I didn't count the bricks!)
It's no surprise that we love websites and blogs that feature the latest news and happenings from around the Harlem community. Here are a few that we frequent:
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Ife Felix Leads Community Quilt Project
During Target Free Sundays in January, quilt artist Ife Felix will lead a series of quilting workshops, during which you can contribute to the Community Quilt Project.
Interested in participating? Here's what to do:
Select a 5x7" fabric swatch that represents you, your family, or your community
The Studio Museum and P.S. 36 School Partnership
This year, the Studio Museum is proud to partner with Margaret Douglas School (P.S. 36) in Harlem for an eight-week collaboration in the classrooms of kindergarten teachers Ms. Kouassi and Ms. Hutton. Working with Studio Museum teaching artist Alisha Wormsley, both classes have been celebrating Romare Bearden’s centennial by exploring a theme prevalent in Bearden’s works: community. The students have been exploring and discussing the collages of Bearden as inspiration for a final photomontage project.
Photojournalist Diego Cupolo chronicles his wanderings throughout New York and beyond with his camera. Here, he shares Cheap Divorce , a recent photo taken on 125th street.
I took this photo while looking for a pawn shop. I wanted to sell a gold cross with Jesus on it, but it turned out to be fake. The pawn shop clerk said he knew it was fake simply by the sound it made. My Italian aunt gave it to me when I was a kid. What can you do? I was just trying to make extra cash for my trip to Nicaragua. That's where I am now and I'm heading south to Argentina. Harlem was my pit stop before take off.
- Diego Cupolo
Development Assistant William Armstrong takes us on a tour of the neighborhood
The glow of a Harlem brownstone, as it is cooled by the evening, is what I look forward to on my daily meanderings around Harlem. I like to believe that each brownstone represents a chapter in the illustrious history of Harlem. While walking on my daily commute to work, I look for a story in each brownstone I pass. Multiple doorbells tell me which ones are now apartments and iron gates reveal newer buildings, while differences in decay lead me to suspect whether additions had been made to the exterior. While growing up in the suburbs of Maryland, the most exciting neighborhood observations I could make were newly paved speed bumps—so imagine how my affection for city architecture has replaced the vinyl siding I’m used to.
A Personal Perspective on Benjamin Patterson
After last week's Benjamin Patterson performance, I asked one of the fearless audience volunteers, Matthew D. Morrison--a Ph.D. Candidate in Historical Musicology at Columbia University--if he would share his experiences performing one of Patterson's scores from Methods and Processes, 1962. Being such a good sport, he said yes, and I am happy to share his reflections with you.
Readers are invited to share their photos of Harlem in the snow! Thanks to our contributors Donald Andrew Agarrat, Lynn Lieberman, Hallie Hobson, Amanda Russhell Wallace, Gabrielle Lopez and our Twitter follower @butterflyylost.
On "Black Male Re-Imagined"
Russell Simmons, Nick Cannon and Lupe Fiasco are famous faces who are pretty used to the perennial limelight—and if Simmons’s new reality show Running Russell Simmons is any indication, that limelight has only shifted to a consistently 24/7 level. On the evening of December 6th, the three celebrities sat down on a stage of perhaps a different sort than they’re accustomed to, in the gymnasium of our neighbor down the street, the Harlem Children’s Zone. They were participating in a community town hall meeting and discussion called Black Male Re-Imagined, along with John O’Neal of theater company Junebug Productions; Ann Beeson, Executive Director of U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations; Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director of American Values Institute; and Jordan Coleman, teenage director of the documentary “Say It Loud.”In the wake of evidence that brings new urgency to the troubling proficiency gaps between young male students of color and white male students, the panel strove to discuss how art and culture can advance social justice.