By Walter Rutledge
In honor of the centennial celebration of Romare Bearden‘s birth, the Studio Museum in Harlem is inviting one hundred artists to create new works of art inspired, influenced, or informed by the life, work, and legacy of one of the most important artists of the twentieth Century. The Museum will share these works with the public through The Bearden Project, a dynamic exhibition initiative that will grow and change throughout the centennial year. Featured artists include: Edgar Arceneaux, Mark Bradford, Sanford Biggers, Simone Leigh, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Dominique Moody, Faith Ringgold, Alison Saar, and Shinique Smith.
A special initiative entitled thebeardenproject.studiomuseum.org has been launched in conjunction with the exhibition. The project is an ever-changing, interactive exhibition site spotlighting a rotating roster of participating artists as well as information about and a map of tri-state area museums displaying Bearden works in celebration of the centennial. Each week the site will feature ten artists, sharing their story of inspiration and a high-resolution image of their artwork. The Studio Museum is located at 144 West 125 Street.
Mama I Wanna Sing: The Next Generation
Mama I Wanna Sing: The Next Generation is enjoying an extended run at the Dempsey Theater located 127 west 127th Street between Lenox and 7th Avenue. The remaining dates are November 12, 19, 26 and December 3, 10, 17 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm. All tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the box office for more information call 212-280-1045 or email@example.com
The original production premiered on March 25, 1983 and over the past twenty-eight years it has delighted audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Mama I Wanna Sing tells of a young girl’s journey from singing in her father’s choir to becoming a star in the music industry. Co-written by radio personality Vy Higginsen the concept is based on the real life story of her sister Doris Troy. Now dubbed the longest running Black musical in America Mama I Wanna Sing can be experienced by an entire new generation of theatergoers.
These are just a few of the events happening around the city and in the community. As always, thank you for letting me share my world with you.
Artwork: The Woman at the Window,2011 by Kerry James Marshall
In Photo: Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Sandra Huff Photography Jasmin Williams.