ICONIC IMAGES OF AMERICA’S FIRST NATIVES

       Images of American Indians are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, from classic Westerns and cartoons to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names are everywhere, too, from state, city and street names to the Tomahawk missile. Beyond these images and names are familiar historical events and…

EUREKA AT FEDERAL HALL

   The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, in partnership with the National Park Service, announces the presentation of Brian Tolle’s EUREKA, on view June 27 – September 8, 2018, in Federal Hall, the iconic memorial to democracy on Wall Street. EUREKA is part of a new art initiative, curated by Bonnie Levinson, inviting…

THE MAKING OF AN INSTALLATION

Immigrants didn’t come here to destroy America, but to build this nation. We came to America to work hard and make a better life for ourselves.        Dianne Smith was an artist in residence for the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania. She engaged with local residents like Sun Jamaican restaurant co-owner Debbie Williams to talk…

MOON DANCERS YU’PIK MASKS AND THE SURREALISTS

   Moon Dancers: Yup’ik Masks and the Surrealists celebrates the fertile creative intersection between 19th and early 20th century Yup’ik masks from the central Alaskan coast, and the Surrealists’ indefatigable quest for spiritual and artistic connections with pre-modern societies all over the world. The exhibition is organized by Di Donna Galleries in collaboration with Donald Ellis…

POEM BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

HAUNTED HOUSES All houses wherein men have lived and died are haunted houses. Through the open doors the harmless phantoms on their errands glide, With feet that make no sound upon the floors. We meet them at the door-way, on the stair, Along the passages they come and go, Impalpable impressions on the air, A sense…

TRIBAL ART COLLECTOR CLAMRA CELESTIN

Colonel’s Row comes alive amidst its landmarked building and distressed interiors with art exhibitions. Presenting a modern response to the history of island, the West Harlem Art Fund returns with Early Encounters. The exhibition features several installations that focus on the early encounters and interactions of the Lenape Indians, African slaves and European explorers (Dutch,…

ATLANTIC CREOLE

Jan Rodrigues (or Juan Rodrigues, depending upon the source) was born in Santo Domingo (formerly, present day Dominican Republic) to an African woman (not clear if she was enslaved or free) and a Portuguese ‘sailor’. Except for a small number of Spanish officials and colonists, the majority of people on Santo Domingo were black or mixed…

I TOO SING AMERICA

       Initially, I created what I thought I was supposed to base upon how the world defined me. Today my art surpasses who I am as a hyphenated identity: African American, Belizean, and woman. I had to go deep within myself to find and express the real me. Now I take license from that place…

ILIANA EMILIA GARCIA

         Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1970. She has been involved in the arts since she was a child, attending the art center of Nidia Serra, to the weekly visits of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, structuring her extensive collection of records , prints, books, packaging, posters…

GLASS ARTIST BENJAMIN WRIGHT

       Ben Wright holds a BS in Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College, a BFA in Glass from the Appalachian Center for Crafts, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.   While at Dartmouth, he explored forests from upstate New Hampshire to tropical Jamaica to record and map song birds for the renowned ornithologist…

SCHEREZADE GARCIA

  FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: and other recent works by Scherezade García Edward J. Sullivan The work of Scherezade Garcia oscillates between several poles and functions on a variety of aesthetic and political planes. She has progressed beyond painting into areas that include installation, book arts as well as video and computer generated images. When…

EASTERN US BIRDS

Eastern Bluebirds sing a fairly low-pitched, warbling song made up of several phrases, each consisting of 1-3 short notes. Harsher chattering notes may be interspersed with the whistles. The whole song lasts about 2 seconds. Typically, unpaired males sing this song from a high perch or sometimes in flight, as they try to attract a…

PATRICK SINGH FRENCH ARTIST

     Born May 5, 1963 in Hyères (Var, France). His mother is French and his father Anglo-Indian. Singh spent his childhood and adolescence between the south of France and London in Great Britain.  Patrick studied in Hyères and Montpellier where he obtained a State Diploma in Animation Functions (DEFA). In the artistic field, his approach are…

CROSSING BY SAI MORIKAWA

 I am very interested in nature, point of view and also people in New York. The moment I see the scenery, my priority is the feeling that a painting suggests. I paint from emotion as the most specific and authentic thing that I can express in a work of art. Color is very important and…

THE FLORA OF MANAHATTA

       Cover Post  – Plant Species In North America,  the American water-willow is a common and widespread perennial that forms large colonies in shallow water of lakes, ponds, and streams. Research has shown that it provides important shallow-water refuge for young fresh-water fishes. Despite its common name it is not a woody plant and not…

MUSICAL BOXES

   A Relief is a sculptural technique where the sculpted elements remain attached to a solid background of the same material. The term relief is from the Latin verb relevo, to raise. To create a sculpture in relief is to give the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane. This…

JORGE LUIS RODRIGUEZ

Jorge Luis Rodriguez is a New York-based artist who has developed an expansive visual vocabulary and expertise that allows him to accomplish multidisciplinary artworks. Concentrating on sculpture, Rodriguez incorporates significant events, notable inventions, and concepts acquired from his extensive travel to research and document the art, architecture, and history of diverse cultures. He is also…

PREPARATION

Early in April, several artists joined West Harlem Art Fund to Governor’s Island to visit Colonel’s Row. The building 404A has not been occupied since 1996. Built in 1905, this two family home is adjoined to another two family home wrapped in brick. There are two floors and a large attic divided into four rooms….