Closing Reception Sunday September 25,2016

DNA Totem, Suprina,  2016

On view March 26, 2016 – September 30, 2016

The DNA Totem a public sculpture by the artist Suprina

The DNA Totem a public sculpture by the artist Suprina

Join the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Harlem based artist Suprina at the site of the DNA Totem in Marcus Garvey Park for a final view of the DNA Totem before it moves to the Rye Art Center. Sunday September 25, 2016 5 to 7 pm. Special Guest performance, Improvisational Theater,  Jeremiah Drake and Company.

DNA Totem Close Up

DNA Totem Close Up

The DNA Totem Sunrise

The DNA Totem Sunrise

Sunday September 25, 2016 5 to 7 pm.  Enter the Park at Fifth Avenue and 120th Street. The DNA Totem is at the stop of the stairs just West of the park entrance.

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El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival

 September 15, 2016  to September 25, 2016

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FREE Concert!    Everyone is invited!     Everyone is encouraged to Dance!

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The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance is thrilled to host the 1st Annual El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater. Thank you to the festival organizers for collaborating with us and all of the venues in the festival. Latin Jazz Performances will take place in venues throughout East Harlem and on Lenox Avenue September 15, 2016 to September 25, 2016 For more information visit El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival

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More venues and performances  being announced daily

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All Along The Watchtower

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The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative is pleased to announce the installation of All Along the Watchtower an interactive public art installation created by artist Lady K Fever. All Along the Watchtower will be on view from August 1 through August 31, 2016. The installation begins at the top of the staircase on the Madison Avenue side of Marcus Garvey Park leading up to the Acropolis, continues along the construction fence that surrounds the site of Harlem’s historic fire watchtower and back down the walkway on the west side of Mount Morris. Please join the artist and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance for a walk through the installation on Saturday August 6, 2016. Meet us at Heath Gallery located at 24 West 120th Street at 7:45 pm.

All Along the Watchtower coincides with the group exhibition, Inside Out, curated by Lady K Fever and co-presented by Heath Gallery and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative with Musa Jackson Productions. The exhibition will include additional works by the artist. An artist’s reception will be held at Heath Gallery, 24 West 120 Street, just across the street from Marcus Garvey Park on August 6, 2016 from 7 pm – 10 pm

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All Along The Watchtower is an interactive public art installation up on the Acropolis in Marcus Garvey Park. The installation is made almost entirely of light reflective materials so use the flash on your camera or phone to illuminate the art work. Everyone is invited!

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All Along the Watchtower is sponsored by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative with funding provided in part by the Harlem Community Development Corporation .

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FREE things to do in Harlem

Visit public artworks throughout Harlem

Art/Walk/Crawl, The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance  waking group meets every Saturday morning at 9:30 am in front of the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center near the West 122nd Street entrance to Marcus Garvey Park. Each Saturday we visit a few of the artworks in our Harlem neighborhood and get a little exercise as well.  Everyone is invited!!!!

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If you prefer to explore on your own you can follow the public art map. The public art map was produced by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance with funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation. In addition to cultural institutions and galleries the map includes 36 public sculptures and hundreds of restaurants from Randall’s Island to Jackie Robinson Park. You can pick up a FREE copy of the map on Saturday July 9th in Marcus Garvey Park near the 5th Avenue and 120th Street entrance to the park from 1:30pm – 3pm or at the Pehlam Fritz Recreation Center at the West 122nd Street Entrance to Marcus Garvey Park during regular rec center operation hours Monday through Saturday.

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Kazi Oliver & Suprina

Join Artist Suprina and African Drummer Kazi Oliver  Saturday July 9th, 2 pm – 3pm at the site of the DNA Totem on the southern overlook  terrace in Marcus Garvey Park, Fifth avenue and 120th Street. African Drummer Kazi Oliver hands out instruments to the audience and encourages everyone to join in.

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Suprina will be making instruments with attendees out of found objects. This is a family friendly event so bring the kids.

 

Keeping The Tradition Alive

Join the Quilting Divas for a wine and cheese reception at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building 2nd Floor Gallery Space. The exhibition of Quilts will be on view Saturday July 9th and Sunday July 10th, 4pm – 9pm.  The reception is hosted by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance with funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation. Closing Reception, Quilting Demonstration and FREE Raffle of a one of a kind signed wall hanging on July 24th, 2 – 5pm

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Macbeth

The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Macbeth will preview on Friday  July 8th and Saturday July 9th at 8pm. Opening night is Sunday July 10th and will run through July 31st. FREE and open to the public simply show up to the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park and select a seat. The Amphitheater sits approximately 2,000 people so there is ample seating.

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Public Sculptures on the Streets of Harlem

Earlier this month the public art initiative installed 4 sculptures by artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez on the streets of Harlem as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program.

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Lenox Avenue and 119th Street, Jorge Luis Rodriguez,  Hummingbird, 1987

Hummingbird was inspired by the Symbiotic relationship between Fauna and Flora, captured in this swift, frozen moment that depicts the bird’s constant hovering while it extracts sustenance from nature in a movement so rapid that it appears motionless.

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Lenox Avenue & 123rd Street, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, Fish Spine, 1987

Fish Spine was inspired by the artists childhood memories of fishing in the Caribbean sea. The recollection of fishing adventures in the Caribbean sea with his brother is captured in this simple elongated spine: assembling nets, preparing bait, casting, celebrating the catch and the final act of consumption that left behind only a vestige of the delectable sea creature.

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East 106th Street & Lexington Avenue, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, Birdhouse, 1986

Birdhouse was inspired by Pablo Neruda’s poem “Las aves maltratadas,” (“The Brutalized Birds”) and also references the conduct of birds that assemble en masse in public places. They perch, nest and produce their offspring in an array of environments. Their survival is affected by the behavior of mankind, as well as the forces of nature.

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East 106th Street & Third Avenue, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, Palenque, 1987

Palenque was inspired by the artists frequent travels through Mexico and Mayan architectural devices used to record the passing of celestial events. The interplay of openings in the “roof comb” of buildings, such as those observed in the town of Palenque, allowed for the recording of light and shadow that provide essential markers utilized in daily life activities such as the planting of crops and the understanding of patterns of astronomical phenomena.

The Public Art Initiative is an ongoing program created by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance to encourage artists and curators to propose temporary public art works to be installed in parks and open spaces throughout Harlem. Funding for the public art initiative was provided in part by the Harlem Community Development Corporation.

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The Public Art Initiative

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The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance created the Public Art Initiative, an ongoing program to encourage artists, curators and cultural organizations to propose temporary public art installations for sites through out East and Central Harlem. The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance  works collaboratively to facilitate those installations with city agencies and to assist artists with the costs of fabrication, including materials and installation. For more information contact Connie Lee, presidentmgpa@gmail.com

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An adhesive vinyl installation on the pool house wall in Marcus Garvey Park.               Tiffany Smith, Outdoor/Indoor,  2016. Installed as part of FLUX Art Fair May 3 – May 31

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Installed on the fence that surrounds the Ball field where Harlem Little League plays is an installation by artist Susan Stair, Tree Reflections, 2016

 

The artist took clay impressions of an  Orange Osage tree that is directly across the walkway. The tree appears to have originally been two trees that intertwined and also happens to be a community favorite.  The clay impressions make up the reflection of the tree that is hung with wire on the fence, colorful mosaics reflect the branches that hang over the fence. Meet the artist on Saturday May 21, 2016 from noon to 3 pm at the site of her installation near  the 120th Street and Mount Morris Park West entrance to Marcus Garvey Park.

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Mira Gandy, “Up Up Up You Mighty Race” 2016. Made from 1916 synthetic hair braids marking the date that Marcus Garvey settled in Harlem. Installed on a light post on the Basketball Court. Madison Avenue and 121st Street.

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Jordan Baker Caldwell, Golem (Neighborhood Protector), 2013, Steel, acrylic, mixed media. The sculpture is a patchwork, representative of the different cultures that make up the neighborhood. Installed near the Madison Avenue and 121st Street entrance to Marcus Garvey Park.

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Jose Soto, Focus, 2016 Installed in Harlem Art Park on East 120th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue. The artist took into consideration the existing art works installed in the Harlem Art Park and offers the viewer different perspectives on the sculpture “Growth” by artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez. “Growth” was the first sculpture installed as part of the Percent for Art program over 30 years ago. Because of the generous nature of “Focus” artist Jose Soto was selected to receive an award from the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative.

All of the Flux Art Fair installations shown above are sponsored in part by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative with funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation. A total of 15 artist participating in Flux Art Fair, May 2016  received awards. Artists who received awards were selected based on their interpretation of the Curatorial theme “Changing Landscapes” with a priority given to local artists.

Public Art Installations Coming in June

Next Up the Public Art Initiative will relocate four sculptures by the artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez in collaboration with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program.

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Fish Spine will be installed on the Meridian,  Lenox Avenue and 123rd Street. Fish Spine was inspired by the artists childhood memories of fishing in the Caribbean Sea

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Hummingbirdwill be installed on the meridian, Lenox Avenue and 119th Street. Hummingbird was inspired by the symbiotic relationship between Fauna and Flora.

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Birdhouse will be installed on East 106th Street (The Cultural Corridor) and Lexington Avenue across the Street from the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center and Taller Boricua. Birdhouse was inspired by the poetry of Pablo Neruda, “Las aves maltradas”

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Palenque Will be installed on East 106th Street (The Cultural Corridor) and Third Avenue. Palenque was inspired by the artists travels in Mexico documenting Mayan Architecture.

Stay Tuned…..The Public Art Initiative will be announcing Summer 2016 installations as they are approved and closer to the installation dates. All Public Art Initiative installations are temporary, most are on view for 3 – 6 months and for a maximum of 11 months.

The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative is sponsored in part with funds provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation

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DNA TOTEM BY ARTIST SUPRINA

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On Saturday March 26th the first Spring 2016 public sculpture was installed in Marcus Garvey Park. DNA Totem a public sculpture created by artist Suprina will be on view through September 30th 2016. The artist is a Harlem resident whose work the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance is proud to present with NYC Parks.

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The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Heath Gallery will co-host the opening reception Saturday April 9, 2016 4:30pm ’till the sun goes down on the southern overlook terrace near the Fifth Avenue and 120th Street entrance to Marcus Garvey Park. Join us for a performance  by Beat Rhyming Artist Kid Lucky and Spoken Word performances by Young Drip, Parabxlla, and Victoria Awogbemi with Guitarist Jennifer Ochiaga. The reception continues into the evening at Heath Gallery 24 West 120th Street where additional works by Suprina will be on view as part of the Exhibition, Caught In An Upward Spiral.

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