Playwright August Wilson praised Romare Bearden for his celebration of “black life presented on its own terms, on a grand and epic scale, with all its richness and fullness, in a language that was vibrant and which, made attendant to everyday life, ennobled it, affirmed its value, and exalted its presence.” In the last year, Bearden’s centenary was marked nationwide with a host of exhibitions and events befitting the legacy of a great American artist. Now 92Yinvites several prominent writers – including (Obama Inaugural) poet Elizabeth Alexander, Stanley Crouch and John Edgar Wideman among others – to talk about what Bearden’s life and art has meant to them. Thanks to Russell Goings, Bearden’s devoted friend, the tribute also features a special showing of Bearden’s artwork in 92Y’s Weill Art Gallery . The event is co-sponsored by the Romare Bearden Foundation and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. For more information about 92Y’s Bearden exhibit, please visit: http://www.92y.org/bearden.
A WRITERS’ CELEBRATION OF ROMARE BEARDEN: With Elizabeth Alexander, Stanley Crouch, Kwame Dawes, Sarah Lewis, John Edgar Wideman, Russell Goings, Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Kim Bridgford
Mon, Dec 3, 8 pm, From $19/$10 for those 35 and younger
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