The Black Gotham Experience welcomes you to our 2024 programming with our Spring Season 2024, themed Land of the Blacks.

 Land of the Blacks is a homage to the people of African descent that negotiated their freedom in the colony of New Netherland in the 1600s, in what is now the borough of Manhattan. Before New York City had its name, there were 28 farmsteads that stretched from today’s southeastern corner of Chinatown north and westward to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.

 

 

State of Mirrors | 5.30.24 | 7pm – 8:30pm

The finale of the five core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in New York City 1862. The United States of America is deeply divided on the matter of slavery and what to do with millions of Black people who are demanding freedom along with their European allies. State of Mirrors illustrates how the founding of the original states and the expansion of the country, similar to New York State, have connections to the African Diaspora. Simultaneously, this story follows how New York City, which is the nation’s first Capital, sets a tone for future generations that will replace true origin stories with mythologies that justify inequality.

When: Thursday May 30th, 2024

Where: Begins at BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

What is Council 400?| 5.30.24 | 6:30 pm – 9:30pm

This Nerdy Thursdays introduces Council 400: Organizing diverse public events in October 2024, engaging various communities and stakeholders. Activities will include walking tours, lectures, panels, and workshops exploring Council 400’s legacy and its connection to present-day issues of race, justice, and equity in NYC. Featuring an experience by Big City Tourism and presentation of Council 400 programming. RSVP Required.

When: Thursday.May 30th 2024

Where: BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

FIGHTING DARK | 5.31.24 | 7pm – 8:30pm

FIGHTING DARK speaks to a dark side of American history as well as the dark-skinned people who have been impacted by it, especially the Black New Yorkers who fled in the dark of night during the 1863 riots and those who enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War in what was called the “Colored Troops 20th Infantry” from New York City. This walk draws out lessons on how Black people find resilience in the face of racial violence. Tickets required.

When: Friday, April 31st, 2024

Where: Meet up at 52 Chambers Street 

 

 

 

State of Mirrors | 6.124 | 3pm – 4:30pm

The finale of the five core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in New York City 1862. The United States of America is deeply divided on the matter of slavery and what to do with millions of Black people who are demanding freedom along with their European allies. State of Mirrors illustrates how the founding of the original states and the expansion of the country, similar to New York State, have connections to the African Diaspora. Simultaneously, this story follows how New York City, which is the nation’s first Capital, sets a tone for future generations that will replace true origin stories with mythologies that justify inequality.

When: Saturday, June 1st 2024

Where: Begins at BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

 

The Watchers| 6.6.24| 6:30-9:30

Explore the intersection of AI, technology, and racial equity through an  engaging panel and community dialogue, hosted by BGX team member/ artist, historian and activist, Kei Williams. Unpack how AI can perpetuate or challenge racial inequities while strategizing for just technological futures and what we can do about it. RSVP Required.

When: Thursday, June 6th, 2024

Where: BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

 

 

 

kuzaliwa | 6.7.24 | 3pm – 4:30pm

Kuzaliwa brings you into the Harlem Renaissance. Kuzaliwa is a suite of creative works by the Black Gotham Experience that reflect upon the legacies of the Harlem Renaissance in the twenty-first century. Grounded by physical spaces in Harlem, connections within African diasporic culture Kuzaliwa emphasizes noting the relevance of Black creativity and political awakening on the island of Manhattan. We highlight Harlem as a space of flourishing Black culture and artistry unbounded by the narrow confines of historic eras. In naming this celebration “Kuzaliwa,” a Swahili word meaning “birth,” we also embrace Harlem as a place of encounter and imagination for thinkers and artists from across the African Diaspora. Tickets required.

When: Friday, June 7th, 2024 

Where: Meet up in front of The Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th in Harlem

 

Other Side of Wall Street | 6.8.24 | 3pm – 4:30pm

The first of five in the core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in 1643 with the beginning of a small town known as Land of the Blacks right outside the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. By 1655, the Land of the Blacks was over twice the size of SoHo today and it continued to exist after the English take the island from the Dutch, making it the first free Black community in New York. This walking tour explains how this community started and how it continued to exist into the 18th century. Other Side of Wall Street concludes on the first day of British New York in September 1664. Tickets required.

When: Saturday, June 8th, 2024

Where: Washington Sq Arch

 

 

 

The second of five in the core stories of the Black Gotham Experience that starts in 1664 in the small town known as Land of the Blacks on day two of British New York. Sarah’s Fire is a tale set on the southern tip of the island Manhattan that is home to both free and enslaved Black people. This walking tour illustrates the peculiar universe of urban slavery in a port city with deep ties to the sugar plantations of the West Indies. A key persona in this story is an enslaved woman named Sarah who is one of 29 people that participate in the first militarized Black rebellion on the island of Manhattan that took place April 6th 1712.

When: Thursday, June 13th, 2024 

Where: BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

Juneteenth Conversation | 6.23.24 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm

A celebration of Black artists in contemporary spaces features a screening of “The Life and Times of David Hammons” and a fireside chat led by Rashid Littlejohn. The event explores Hammons’ impact and how Black artists redefine art, including a discussion on the New Negro in celebration of Juneteenth.

When: Thursday, June 13th, 2024

Where:  BGX Gallery / 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

 

 

 

Caesar’s Rebellion | 6.14.24 |7pm-8:30pm

The third of five in the core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in 1712 in the wake of more slave codes passed in British New York. The port city of New York has shifting political and class divisions that shape the environment of the enslaved leading up to the 1730s. Although stricter laws have been passed to limit Black life, the population of enslaved Africans continues to increase as does poor European indentures creating a large and loosely organized underclass that seek change. The result is a rebellion in 1741 known as “the Great Negro Plot” which is documented in a New York Supreme Court. The extensive journal by one of the justices stitches together a plot that evolved around a charismatic enslaved Black figure named Caesar. This journal gives an insightful look into slavery, colonial law, class, and politics.

When: Friday, June 14th, 2024

Where: Museum of the American Indian, NY, NY 100004

 

 

 

We Are Floyd | 5.23.24 |6:30-9:30pm

In collaboration with We Are Floyd and U’Kno Tha Don, our gallery will  serve as a space for healing and spirited conversation with guest of honor, Terrence Floyd.  Featuring a live musical performances by U Kno Tha Don and more. “We Are Floyd Organization is dedicated to serving the culture through leadership and service based in New York City. Our focus is to be instrumental in supporting the cultural advancement of our communities; helping minorities dealing with mental health, poverty, police brutality, and social injustice; and most importantly giving our youth and young adults in the community hope in our future.” RSVP Required.

When: Thursday.May 23rd 2024

Where: BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

Caesar’s Rebellion | 5.24.24 | 7pm – 8:30pm

The third of five in the core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in 1712 in the wake of more slave codes passed in British New York. The port city of New York has shifting political and class divisions that shape the environment of the enslaved leading up to the 1730s. Although stricter laws have been passed to limit Black life, the population of enslaved Africans continues to increase as does poor European indentures creating a large and loosely organized underclass that seek change. The result is a rebellion in 1741 known as “the Great Negro Plot” which is documented in a New York Supreme Court. The extensive journal by one of the justices stitches together a plot that evolved around a charismatic enslaved Black figure named Caesar. This journal gives an insightful look into slavery, colonial law, class, and politics.

When: Friday, May 24th, 2024

Where: Museum of the American Indian, NY, NY 10004

 

Citizen Hope | 5.25.24 | 3pm – 4:30pm

Citizen Hope is one of BGX’s final public walking tours. Situated in the temporal space of the revolutionary era circa mid to late 18th to mid 19th centuries, and traversing three different geographical locales along the trans Atlantic slave trade, including North America, France and Saint Domingo (now Haiti), Citizen Hope examines the contributions that enslaved people made to the modern notion of freedom, rights, and citizenship, while also grappling with the contradictory nature of these terms, particularly as it pertains to the black diaspora within the Black Atlantic. 

When: Saturday, May 25th 2024

Where: Begins at BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

 

 

 

 


Past Events

Cartography: A Poem of Black Geographies | 5.8.24 | 7pm – 9:00pm

Join us on Wednesday May 8th at Kamau Studios for Cartography: A Poem of Black Geographies. This sharing will explore the ways in which artists are archeological imaginaries redrawing the cartographic lines that run between Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas. It thinks through the waterways that sit between these geographies as a space positioned as the place of the unthought.  This exploration will be guided by curator Khanyisile Mbongwa in conversation with artists Sethembile Msezane and Adama Delphine Fawundu. Hosted by Kamau Studios. RSVP required

When: Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Where: Kamau Studios // 20 Jay st. suite 1120

 

 

Revisiting the Renaissance | 5.9.24 | 6:30-9:30pm

Exploring the influence of the Harlem Renaissance on African Diasporic art, literature, and music, this event will focus on selected works from the current Met exhibition, The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism. We will screen an in-house interview between director of Clark Atlanta University Museum, Dr. Danielle K. Taylor and artist/BGX team member, Suede Hunte followed by our signature nerdy debrief, reflecting on the ongoing legacy of this transformative and ongoing Black Renaissance. RSVP Required.

When: Thursday, May 9th, 2024

Where: BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

 

Citizen Hope | 5.10.24 | 7pm – 8:30pm

Citizen Hope is one of BGX’s final public walking tours. Situated in the temporal space of the revolutionary era circa mid to late 18th to mid 19th centuries, and traversing three different geographical locales along the trans Atlantic slave trade, including North America, France and Saint Domingo (now Haiti), Citizen Hope examines the contributions that enslaved people made to the modern notion of freedom, rights, and citizenship, while also grappling with the contradictory nature of these terms, particularly as it pertains to the black diaspora within the Black Atlantic. 

When: Friday, May 10th 2024

Where: Begins at BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

 

State of Mirrors | 5.11.24 | 3pm – 4:30pm

The finale of the five core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in New York City 1862. The United States of America is deeply divided on the matter of slavery and what to do with millions of Black people who are demanding freedom along with their European allies. State of Mirrors illustrates how the founding of the original states and the expansion of the country, similar to New York State, have connections to the African Diaspora. Simultaneously, this story follows how New York City, which is the nation’s first Capital, sets a tone for future generations that will replace true origin stories with mythologies that justify inequality.

When: Saturday, May 11th 2024

Where: Begins at BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

Where Were the Black People? | 5.16.24 |6:30 pm – 9:30pm

Delving into the overlooked history of Black land ownership in pre-19th century New York City, this Nerdy Thursdays combines curated exhibits of maps, documents, and archives with a presentation on research findings regarding Black land ownership and dispossession. Interactive discussions provide insight into this crucial aspect of the city’s past featuring an artist panel with Kamau Ware, Adrian Franks and Pope Phoenix. RSVP Required.

When: Thursday.May 16th, 2024

Where: BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

FIGHTING DARK | 5.16.24 | 7pm – 8:30pm

FIGHTING DARK speaks to a dark side of American history as well as the dark-skinned people who have been impacted by it, especially the Black New Yorkers who fled in the dark of night during the 1863 riots and those who enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War in what was called the “Colored Troops 20th Infantry” from New York City. This walk draws out lessons on how Black people find resilience in the face of racial violence. Tickets required.

When: Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Where: Meet up at 52 Chambers Street 

 

 

kuzaliwa | 5.17.24 | 3pm – 4:30pm

Kuzaliwa brings you into the Harlem Renaissance. Kuzaliwa is a suite of creative works by the Black Gotham Experience that reflect upon the legacies of the Harlem Renaissance in the twenty-first century. Grounded by physical spaces in Harlem, connections within African diasporic culture Kuzaliwa emphasizes noting the relevance of Black creativity and political awakening on the island of Manhattan. We highlight Harlem as a space of flourishing Black culture and artistry unbounded by the narrow confines of historic eras. In naming this celebration “Kuzaliwa,” a Swahili word meaning “birth,” we also embrace Harlem as a place of encounter and imagination for thinkers and artists from across the African Diaspora. Tickets required.

When: Friday, May 17th 2024 

Where: Meet up in front of The Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th in Harlem

 

 

 

Other Side of Wall Street | 5.18.24 | 3pm – 4:30pm

The first of five in the core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in 1643 with the beginning of a small town known as Land of the Blacks right outside the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. By 1655, the Land of the Blacks was over twice the size of SoHo today and it continued to exist after the English take the island from the Dutch, making it the first free Black community in New York. This walking tour explains how this community started and how it continued to exist into the 18th century. Other Side of Wall Street concludes on the first day of British New York in September 1664. Tickets required.

When: Saturday, May 18th 2024

Where: Washington Sq Arch

 

 

 

Sarah’s Fire | 5.23.24 | 3pm – 4:30pm

The second of five in the core stories of the Black Gotham Experience that starts in 1664 in the small town known as Land of the Blacks on day two of British New York. Sarah’s Fire is a tale set on the southern tip of the island Manhattan that is home to both free and enslaved Black people. This walking tour illustrates the peculiar universe of urban slavery in a port city with deep ties to the sugar plantations of the West Indies. A key persona in this story is an enslaved woman named Sarah who is one of 29 people that participate in the first militarized Black rebellion on the island of Manhattan that took place April 6th 1712.

When: Thursday, May 23rd 2024 

Where: BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

We Are Floyd | 5.23.24 |6:30-9:30pm

In collaboration with We Are Floyd and U’Kno Tha Don, our gallery will  serve as a space for healing and spirited conversation with guest of honor, Terrence Floyd.  Featuring a live musical performances by U Kno Tha Don and more. “We Are Floyd Organization is dedicated to serving the culture through leadership and service based in New York City. Our focus is to be instrumental in supporting the cultural advancement of our communities; helping minorities dealing with mental health, poverty, police brutality, and social injustice; and most importantly giving our youth and young adults in the community hope in our future.” RSVP Required.

When: Thursday.May 23rd 2024

Where: BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038

 

 

Caesar’s Rebellion | 5.24.24 | 7pm – 8:30pm

The third of five in the core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in 1712 in the wake of more slave codes passed in British New York. The port city of New York has shifting political and class divisions that shape the environment of the enslaved leading up to the 1730s. Although stricter laws have been passed to limit Black life, the population of enslaved Africans continues to increase as does poor European indentures creating a large and loosely organized underclass that seek change. The result is a rebellion in 1741 known as “the Great Negro Plot” which is documented in a New York Supreme Court. The extensive journal by one of the justices stitches together a plot that evolved around a charismatic enslaved Black figure named Caesar. This journal gives an insightful look into slavery, colonial law, class, and politics.

When: Friday, May 24th, 2024

Where: Museum of the American Indian, NY, NY 10004

 

Citizen Hope | 5.25.24 | 3pm – 4:30pm

Citizen Hope is one of BGX’s final public walking tours. Situated in the temporal space of the revolutionary era circa mid to late 18th to mid 19th centuries, and traversing three different geographical locales along the trans Atlantic slave trade, including North America, France and Saint Domingo (now Haiti), Citizen Hope examines the contributions that enslaved people made to the modern notion of freedom, rights, and citizenship, while also grappling with the contradictory nature of these terms, particularly as it pertains to the black diaspora within the Black Atlantic. 

When: Saturday, May 25th 2024

Where: Begins at BGX Gallery // 192 Front Street, NY, NY 10038