magnetic resonance

Feb. 2nd | Brooklyn Museum | 7:30pm-9:30pm

Magnetic Resonance draws inspiration from the Soul of a Nation exhibition for a participatory artistic endeavor through a series of simultaneous happenings. Participants become art and artifact in a social gathering that brings a lens on the moment to create images that exhibit the Soul of our Nation today. Music, imagery, and style braid to create a soulscape, a portal, a continuum of Blackness as an aesthetic and source of power. Photography Portrait Studio with Kamau Ware; Styling by Charles Johnson; Music by GoodWill, P.U.D.G.E., and DJ Rimarkable; Video collage by Kearaha Bryant; and a few special guests.  

 

 

 

Black Art Story

FRONT and CENTER/ED a Black Artstory | continues…. 

 

FRONT and CENTER/ED a Black Artstory | Myrtle Avenue | February – May 2019

Brooklyn style and fashion bring the history of Black Brooklyn front and center, providing the artistic and historic material to speak on the past, present, and future. Brooklyn style is privileged as art, artifact, and a method to connect with the past today.

FRONT and CENTER/ED | a group exhibition that takes an historic and whimsical gaze on Black Brooklyn Style.

  • Feb. 15th – March 30th (Putnam’s Lower Level)
  • May 2nd – June 28th (Black Gotham Experience)

 

Ajamu Kojo
Brock Mills
Felicita “Felli” Maynard
Justin Johnson
Kamau Ware
Kay Hickman
Keith Williams
Kristen Williams
Kwesi Abbensetts
Momar Clemons
Nathan Williams
Ryan Spence
Sophia Dawson
Tiffany Smith
William Ellis

 

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Black Artstory Month on Myrtle Avenue Black Artstory Month is an annual series that celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made and are making within the visual and performing arts world. Every year the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership partners with local artists and arts organizations to present the month long celebration, and activate the main street with public art & FREE cultural programming. This year, Myrtle Avenue is working with Black Gotham Experience (BGX) an immersive multimedia project that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City with walking tours, a photography-based graphic novel series, and events.
  1. Friday 1st | Black Artstory: Kick Off Event | 7-10pm | BLDG 92 63 Flushing Avenue BK, NY 11205
  2. Friday 8th | Black Artstory : Drink & Draw | 7-10pm | The Emerson 561 Myrtle Avenue BK, NY 11205
  3. Friday 15th | Black Artstory : FRONT and CENTER/ED Exhibition | 7-10pm | Putnam’s 419 Myrtle Avenue BK, NY 11205
  4. Friday 22nd | Black Artstory : Fashion Presentation | 7-10pm | 47 Hall Street BK, NY 11205

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 1st // Panel + Kickoff / BLDG 92 Navy Yard (63 Flushing) / 7-10pm

Kamau Ware opens up with a brief presentation on Black Brooklyn history, then moderates two distinguished panels – one on Brooklyn and the other on Style, unpacking the intersections between history with style. Each panel will include a Q & A. Light Refreshments by Wray’s Caribbean Seafood will be available before the panel begins.

Brooklyn PanelPrithi Kanakamedala, public historian + Rob Fields, President & Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center

Style Panel – Constance C.R. White, author, journalist & brand consultant + Barron Claiborne, photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 8th // Drink & Draw / The Emerson (561 Myrtle Avenue BK, NY) / 7-10pm

Models for you to sketch will be styled by Charles Johnson and Naana Badu. Select drawings will be curated live and installed in The Emerson for an exhibition. Music by Frei. Hosted by Kamau Ware, William Ellis, and Kei Williams. 

Charles Johnson @jecoriel

Naana Badu @badubasics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 15th // FRONT and CENTER/ED exhibition / Putnam’s Lower Level (419 Myrtle Avenue BK, NY) / 7-10pm

Join us for an exhibition that takes an historic and whimsical gaze on Black Brooklyn Style.

Ajamu Kojo
Brock Mills
Felicita “Felli” Maynard
Justin Johnson
Kamau Ware
Kay Hickman
Keith Williams
Kristen Williams
Kwesi Abbensetts
Momar Clemons
Nathan Williams
Ryan Spence
Sophia Dawson
Tiffany Smith
William Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 22nd // Fashion Presentation / 47 Hall (47 Hall Street BK, NY – corner of Flushing and Hall) / 7-10pm

Enjoy the fashion of Taliah Andrea at this special Black Artstory closing event. Music by Christina Star. 

Taliah Andrea @taliah_andrea

Open Call

 

The Black Gotham Experience team is thrilled to have four Brooklyn-based projects lined up for the winter and spring of 2019. We are working with Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, Brooklyn Museum, BRIC, and The Old Stone House in Brooklyn on a series of artistic and historic storytelling ventures that seek to engage creatives who make, live, or lived in Brooklyn; Fort Greene specifically for one of the projects.

We are looking for (1) fashion designers, stylists, visual artists, models, and actors participate in each project which includes an exhibition; and (2) people willing to be interviewed for a short film about Fort Greene.

DEADLINE: February 1st 2019 at 11AM

OPEN CALL FORM

FRONT and CENTER/ED a Black Artstory | Myrtle Avenue | Feb. 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd
Brooklyn style and fashion bring the history of Black Brooklyn front and center, providing the artistic and historic material to speak on the past, present, and future. Brooklyn style is privileged as art, artifact, and a method to connect with the past today.

Magnetic Resonance | Brooklyn Museum | Feb. 2nd
Magnetic Resonance draws inspiration from the Soul of a Nation exhibition (1963-1983) for a participatory artistic endeavor through a series of simultaneous happenings including a live portrait studio. Participants arrive in a look inspired by the art in the Soul of a Nation exhibition to illustrate the soul of our nation in 2019.

Reimagining Monuments | The Old Stone House in Brooklyn | March 14th – June 14th
Models portray the 29 Black people implicated in the 1712 rebellion in New York City on April 6th dressed as angels. One enslaved African woman holds a torch to depict the setting of an orchard ablaze as Lady Liberty, in dialogue the iconic monument that happens to have chains at her feet to denote breaking free.

Who is Fort Greene? | BRIC | April 24th, April 26th, April 27th, and May 7th
Who is Fort Greene? offers an interlocking set of artistic experiments that create a visual story about a neighborhood defined by flux. Spanning the 19th century to the present, historical research and interviews with neighborhood residents provide source material for walks, photographic portraits, a poem cycle, a short film, and public discussion, all engaging with the title’s central question.