An Exhibit of the Artist’s Works and Bearden-Inspired Student Creations on Display at Harlem Gallery and Community Arts Center
New York, NY (WiredPRNews.com) The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center (The Center) is proud to present an exhibition of the works of world-renowned Harlem artist Romare Bearden. The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, March 25th, and runs through Thursday, March 31st. Exhibit hours are 11am – 4pm daily. Admission is free.
The exhibit will feature seven selected works of the artist provided by the Romare Bearden Foundation. The exhibit will also feature Bearden-inspired paintings, collages and sculpture done by students of the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, murals done by students through an Arts Horizons program at the Seth Boyden Elementary School of Maplewood, NJ, and the artwork of Lance Johnson, a Harlem artist who credits Romare Bearden as his primary inspiration.
The exhibition is being mounted jointly by the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center, and the Romare Bearden Foundation, and opens with a private reception on Thursday, March 24th at The Center. During the reception, Center teaching artist Christine Campbell, a personal friend of Bearden’s, will discuss her friendship with the celebrated artist, and will recite one of his poems to music.
“We are honored and excited to partner with the Romare Bearden Foundation to celebrate the life and work of one of the most important and multi-talented artists of the 20th Century,” commented Marline A. Martin, Director of the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center. “Romare Bearden’s work is a powerful reflection of the struggles and aspirations of the African-American experience in this country, and even 100 years after his birth, his artistry continues to inspire artists of all ages. Through the important work of the Bearden Foundation, his life and legacy live on.”
“The Romare Bearden Foundation is excited to partner with the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center on an exhibit of his works during this centennial year,” said Johanne Bryant Reid, Co-Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation. “Partnering with organizations such as the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center, enables our Foundation to share the legacy of Bearden’s extraordinary art and life with the community, while supporting the creative and intellectual development of up-and-coming African-American artists and scholars.”
Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 2, 1911 and died in New York City in 1988 at the age of 76. He was a prolific artist whose works were exhibited during his lifetime throughout the United States and Europe. His collages, watercolors, oils, photomontages and prints are imbued with visual metaphors from his past in North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Harlem, and from a variety of historical, literary and musical sources.
As part of the Bearden Centennial, the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center and the Romare Bearden Foundation have developed a joint program for New York City public schools. Entitled “Bringing Bearden Back into School,” the joint program will provide trained teaching artists-in-residence to administer 8-week art programs in select public schools throughout New York City. The program is slated to begin shortly in two elementary schools and one high school in Harlem.
In addition to its continuing art exhibit series, the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center provides a curriculum of on-going art classes for children and adults with fall, winter and spring semesters, an arts summer program for children in the community, and an annual block party on West 148th Street during Harlem Week in August.
About the Romare Bearden Foundation
The Romare Bearden Foundation was established in 1990 as a nonprofit organization by the artist’s estate to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of Romare Bearden (1911-1988), an American artist of African-American heritage, who is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and original visual artists of the twentieth century. From 1990 until her death in 1996, Nanette Rohan Bearden, the artist’s wife and a noted dancer and choreographer, was president of the Foundation. For more information, please visit: www.beardenfoundation.org.
About the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center
Located at 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 148th Street, within blocks of the A, B, C, D, & #3 subway stops, the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center is a non-profit arts-in-education organization that provides quality arts experiences in daytime, after-school and Saturday programs for all ages. The Center hosts exhibitions, school visits, special events and community workshops, and has become an integral resource in the central Harlem community. To find out more about the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center and its year-round programs, please visit www.artshorizons.org, become a fan on FaceBook at: http://tinyurl.com/FBLNAC or call (212) 862-2787.
About Arts Horizons
Arts Horizons, located in Englewood, NJ, reaches more than 250,000 children, teachers and parents a year throughout the New York/Metropolitan region with vibrant school and community-based programs where children gain appreciation for the arts. Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts as well as numerous foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more about Arts Horizons, or to schedule a program, please call (201) 567-1766 Ext. 106, and visit: www.artshorizons.org
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