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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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

flux-logo copyLast Summer Flux Art Fair Founder Leanne Stella was invited by Marcus Garvey Park Alliance President, Connie Lee to curate a public art installation in Marcus Garvey Park.

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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 sponsored in part by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

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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Another Harlem based artist who was also awarded funding from the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, 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. Jordan was encouraged by Marcus Garvey Park Alliance President to submit his work for the fair and was also one of 15 artists exhibiting that received funding through the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

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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

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

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”

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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Save The Date

Saturday April 9, 2016

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The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Heath Gallery invite you to join us to celebrate the installation of the DNA Totem a sculpture by Harlem resident and artist Suprina. The event will begin at 4:30 pm in Marcus Garvey Park at the installation site  and will continue at  the Heath Gallery where Suprina will be exhibiting 3 or 4 other pieces as part of a group show “Caught In An Upward Spiral” curated by Leanne Stella and Akeem Duncan. The DNA Totem is the first sculpture to be installed as part of the Uptown Public Art Initiative spearheaded by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. Click the image for a sneak peek at the sculpture in progress.

Sneak Peak of the DNA Totem sculpture in progress.

Sneak Peek of the DNA Totem sculpture in progress.

The DNA Totem is sponsored by The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance,The Puffin Foundation, Tahl Propp Equities, NYC Culture and donors from the community and beyond in collaboration with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Art In Flux and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

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Holiday Celebration & Concert

Everyone is invited!

ValHolidayFlyerOur New Logo depicts a restored Fire Watchtower!

The new logo depicts the restored fire watchtower

The new logo depicts the restored fire watchtower

Tee Shirts are available with the new Marcus Garvey Park Alliance logo on the front. $14.99 each. Contact us and we will have one made in your size.

Zumba Dance Saturday December 5th,

If your not already a member of the fitness center this would be a good time to join!

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Fall in Marcus Garvey Park

We have so many wonderful trees young and old in Marcus Garvey Park. This photo was Taken by Lynn Lieberman AKA  AFineLyne Artist who has a really wonderful view of Marcus Garvey Park

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