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10 Tips For Collecting Art On A Shoestring Budget from Black Art In America's 25 most active collectors June 11 2019

Knowing the why you’re collecting will help determine your best course of action, as well as the budget you’ll need moving forward

Lois Mailou Jones Painting Of Alma Thomas Backyard And Much More March 01 2019

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We are celebrating Women's History Month at BAIA.

Black Art In America Presents "Love Life and Fairytales"
works by Evita Tezeno

Artist reception Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 1 PM – 5 PM EST

Lois Mailou Jones painted Alma Thomas backyard porch and garden. Have you scene this work? BAIA is working with a museum to help locate the owner. If you know this painting and its location we would love to hear from you. Email us atinfo@blackartinamerica.com

10 Tips for Self-Publishing Art Books and Catalogs

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Studio Noize Podcast

Episode 22 @najee.dorsey broke down how he works as an art dealer with artists to help build them up whether through marketing and making connections or critiquing your craft. A lot of things artist don’t think about or talk about. Well we talk about it! Listen, subscribe and share! 

The South Side apartment of Patric McCoy, AB’69, is filled from floor to ceiling with 1,300 works—mostly by contemporary artists from the African diaspora. More

Check out the featured article on Charly Palmer by the Brown Bookshelf - More

Considering the dissimilar nature of these works when compared with other forms of portraiture, the raised, undulated skins of the figures pictured tend to engender a broad range of reactions from viewers—from an infatuation and perception of beauty—to notions of a peculiar defacement. Both contrasting views of the work that will continue to inspire discourse of aesthetics, and the presentation of the black body in art. Read more

The Dorseys' Black Art In America collection debuted last weekend to over 500 people opening day at the Houston Museum of African American Culture. More

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Each week the staff of Black Art in America curates a unique collection of available artwork for our active collectors.  Learn more !!!

"Survivor" by Elizabeth Catlett -- Learn more

"Yucatán in translation" by Devyn Briggs -- Learn more

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Swizz Beats embraces collecting the "Black Renaissance," Artist and Contemporary African Art Curator Bisi Silva leaves a legacy: BAIA Newsletter 02/14/2019 February 18 2019

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Though he [Swizz Beats] can be overwhelmingly humble, when I asked him how he thinks the hip-hop community became so interested in art, he responds, evenly and deliberately — just stating the facts — “I don’t take credit for a lot of things, but I will take credit for that.”

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Painter, author, art collector, and arts entrepreneur Danny Simmons has joined the African American Collections Committee at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Simmons, 65, is the brother of Russell Simmons, with whom he co-founded and co-produced the influential HBO series Def Poetry Jam; and Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons of hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC. After many years based in Brooklyn, Simmons now lives in and operates all his philanthropic efforts out of Philadelphia.

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"Peaches and Cream" by Najee Dorsey
"Date Night"   by Evita Tezeno                                       "Lovers" by Ann Tanksley 
"Dreaming" by Isolina Cimonta                                  "Jivin Scribe" by Claude Clark
"When the city decided to demolish an abandoned building not far from the stadium where Fabian Williams had painted a mural of Colin Kaepernick in 2017, he and his fellow street artists and muralists decided “game on.”

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Najee and Seteria Dorsey will celebrate 25 years of marriage August 4th, 2019 and over that time they have cultivated a passion for collecting art and objects of cultural and aesthetic value which has resulted in the international brand of Black Art In America.

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BAIA Patron Curated Pick Jennifer Packer, #KaeperBowl and Curated For Collectors: BAIA Newsletter 02/12/2019 February 12 2019

BAIA Patron Curated Pick Jennifer Packer, #KaeperBowl and Curated For Collectors

Black And Basel 2018 - #DoYOUBasel? December 11 2018

More than any other year, 2018 was the year that Art Basel Miami Beach and it’s constellation of satellite art fairs celebrated black and brown artists like never before.

BAIA Throwback : Collectors Home Tour 2014: The Galloways May 17 2018

BAIA Throwback

A segment in which we go back and revisit archived content from the previous BAIA network. In this episode, we travel to 2014 - and tour avid art collector Fearn Galloway's home, and talk with her and her nephew Major about their impressive, well established art collection.

Collectors Home Tour 2014: The Galloways

Collectors from One Generation to the Next:

Major, how did you develop your interest in art to embark on building a collection?

 This is a thought provoking question.   My desire to collect was inspired by my Aunt and perhaps the same will be the case for my son.  I have been influenced by my aunt, my father’s sister to collect art.  She deposited into my life by exposing me to her collection. My interest in art spawned from childhood and has evolved into the passion it is today.  Although, I have more than 50 pieces in my collection, as you read and see more images on-line and in the remnant of the varied collections I am able to view.  I am awed by the beauty of what is out there.  As a result, my passion continues to evolve and I add to the collection in ebbs and flows, plus I have varied interests, professional responsibilities, obligations as a husband and father and I guess financial constraints.    I am refining my acquisition plan for the future.  My ultimate goal is to build a rich and varied portfolio of pieces, perhaps a few classic 20th century artists and emerging artists that will be tomorrow’s masters in the 21st century. [caption id="attachment_2843" align="aligncenter" width="687"] Galloway with framed artwork when BAIA arrived ...[/caption]

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[audio mp3="http://blackartinamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Major.mp3"][/audio] From childhood, I recall three prints my mother displayed to decorate our modest home:  two European landscapes;  a Parisian street, an image of a European church;  and the Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso.  But I know that I was most influenced early on as a child seeing the personal collection of my Aunt.  I remember seeing these elongated brown figures by Ernie Barnes and this bluish green Baptismal scene by Romare Bearden. [gallery columns="2" ids="2844,2845"] Later as a young adult I would learn many of these images I had seen and had an appreciation for since early childhood in the 1970’s were created by African-American artists who are considered as masters of the  20th century master.

As a child of the seventies, we enjoyed “Good Times” before the Cosby’s and I was captivated by the images shown in some of the episodes produced by the character “J.J”, the painter who lived in the Chicago public housing project in the “ghetto”.   Here my aunt shared that a few of the original paintings in her home were by the real artist, Ernie Barnes. I beamed with pride knowing my aunt had a collection that included a famous artist whose paintings were on television.  As a child, this made me even more proud of her and our family.  I was already proud because I know she was a mathematician and my uncle was a chemist whose research made 37 different discoveries in the field of chemistry.

Later in middle school, then college at Grambling State University and as an adult my interest began to grow as I learned about the European and American Impressionists, the figurative paintings of Picasso and more African-American classical and emerging artists.  As an adult, I began to desire to purchase art to decorate my first home in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC and even more after we built our current home here in Upper Marlboro, MD where I have more space and have been blessed to divert some disposable income to make some acquisitions.

Original Ernie Barnes Works Viewed as a Child at My Aunt’s Home:  “Little Girl Skating down the Street” and the Women Dancing and Swaying and the prints depicting a Pool Hall and an image of a boy leaping high to dunk a basketball in an old weathered  backboard

Barnes captured these images that on one-hand showed poverty, but they were beautiful as they captured a boy playing basketball alone, children playing simple games; people singing and dancing; despite the clear images that showed the people living in poverty.  The people were depicted in abject poverty or tough situations, but they still were having fun and found enjoyment in what they were doing.  That’s the message I saw most in Barnes’ works I saw on t.v. and in my aunt’s home.  And this kind of mirrors the plot and story line in all of those classic episodes of “Good Times”.

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Ms. Fearn:  “In the early 1970’s I recall walking up three flights of steps in this NYC city building to the apartment and studio of Romare Bearden.  I don’t recall if there was an elevator, but the steps were narrow.  And then inside of the apartment, splendid works were everywhere.  It was just amazing”.

Louis Mailou Jones Story

My aunt has told me some great stories about how she grew her collection.  Some of the best are of her visit to the upstairs third story of Romare Bearden in NYC and her conversations with Lois Mailou Jones who she lived nearby in the late 1960s and early 1970s in northwest Washington, DC.  As you know, Ms. Jones was the Director of Painting and Water colors at Howard University’s art department for many years.   My aunt recalls that Ms. Jones was very friendly and a “person of her word” and my aunt really appreciated this.  She purchased this piece for $250 and Ms. Jones allowed her to buy it after an initial down payment of $150.  Before the final purchase, Dr. David Driskell came by Mrs. Jone’s house and expressed his desire to purchase the piece for $500, double the asking price Ms. Jones required of my aunt.  My aunt recalled Ms. Jones  told my aunt what Driskell had said to her, “Mailou, you are giving your art away”.  My aunt says Ms. Jones wanted to get her art in the hands of African-Americans and interested persons.

My aunt was very thankful that Mrs. Jones honored her promise and initial agreement and this in the eyes of my aunt spoke volumes about the character of Ms. Jones which I think comes across in a very real and personal way, like the painting “Jennie” who was the student of Ms. Jones who was cleaning fish in her home.  She was personal and took special time with her students in a personal way, even outside of the normal academic setting.


Lois Mailou Jones Drawing of an Elderly Man and the Canal in Paris in the Background and the Island Images of Haiti

My aunt told how she purchased this portrait drawing Mailou Jones had sketched of an elderly African-American man.  The piece demonstrates the versatility of Ms. Jones who is mostly known for her impressionistic painting, but she was also a book illustrator.  Ms. Jones was known for her landscape and street scenes in Paris, Martha’s Vineyard and in Haiti and the Carribbean.

My aunt told of how Ms. Jones said early in her career critics said she did not paint enough images of black cultural images or themes.  After hearing this, my aunt says, Ms. Jones told her she went out and found the first person she could find who was an African-American and she sketched a portrait drawing of this man.    This was a wow moment for me because my aunt’s story mirrored what I had read in the book, “To Conserve a Legacy”, that Jones had been criticized for not doing enough works on black subjects.  And the book told how from 1939 to 1945 Jones began creating work that focused on the black experience. Alaine Locke, the father of the Harlem Renaissance and first black Rhodes scholar and Howard University professor had admonished Jones to do more works on black subjects.

Major, What type of art do you like and what has inspired and driven your passion to collect art?

From a big picture perspective, my aunt’s collection is my model  because she was “ahead of the curve so to speak”.  However, I glean insight from art books, artists like yourself, dealers and collectors that I interact with.  I strongly believe there is a huge demand for the medium and types of communications forums that Black Art in America is providing and building.

First, I buy what I like as a consumer. I also buy what and when I can afford to do so.  From a purely artistic stand point, I am inspired by both images of beauty I see and the ideas behind why artists use their gifts to create what they do.  What is the message behind the piece?  What is the artist trying to say? How does the piece personally speak or resonate with me?  Personally, I like art based on the beauty I see, and on the intellectual side, what the art make me think for feel.  I collect what I like because our artists have produced works that tell our story in a very beautiful, powerful or poetic way.

I purchase things I think reflect me and what I want to project.  I like images of black people with our varying hues that show beauty.  I also like images that communicate and tell our story of challenge and triumph; from whence we have come because I am inspired by the progress and strides that have been made.  I also like the art that reminds us of where we need to go as individuals and as a collective group.  I like images that affirm us and show family and children, love and passion, our men loving and respecting women who look like them and women loving and appreciating men who look like themselves.  That was the story of my family and I like artists that inspire and affirm this reality for me.

I like colorful abstract and figurative pieces that entertain, are festive and illustrate music and spiritual concepts and images with rich colors are very appealing to me.  I think that is fed by some of my fondness of the rich colors of the European Impressionists like Van Gogh, Gaugin and Monet.  I liked them when I saw the images in middle and high school and when I visited Musee Dorsay in Paris, and the world-famous NY gallery at Central Park West.

I am really fond of collages and mixed-media period pieces with rich and vibrant colors and powerful messages that you produce that depict southern and traditional black culture.  My plan is to secure some classical pieces when it is feasible, but more abstracts, landscapes with rich colors and collages by emerging artists that are establish themselves and will possibly be prominent masters with troth's of treasures in the years to come.  This acquisition plan includes one or two more sculptures.

The favorites in my personal collection are:

An original by Thomas Lockhart entitled “Drums on the Bayou with New Orleans and Lake Ponchatrain and the Mississippi river as a backdrop.  It is special since I went to college at Grambling State University and pre-Katrina I enjoyed the Bayou Classic and Mardi Gras.

A serigraph by James Denmark entitled “When Love Was Young”.  This piece is exquisitely beautiful and depicts a couple with dark hues who are engaged in a warm embrace while reclining on a sofa and gazing into each other’s eyes.

“Rejoicing,” is an original collage by Najee Dorsey.  It depicts a worship scene in a church.  This powerful piece is rich and vibrant and inspirational as it captures the energy and power of a spirit-filled black church that could be anywhere in America or the world.  It resonates with me as a tribute to my mother who taught her family and as an example to worship and to love God.  She was a virtuous and godly woman who helped people. She has made her transition, as a metaphor her image is dropped into the piece.  It illustrates she is still very present within us and as her spirit, bloodline and legacy lives on.  That’s what this piece entitled “Rejoicing” means to me.

“Send-Off” by Ann Barbieri.  An vibrant and colorful original abstract, entitled “Send Off” by Ann Barbieri who showcases her pieces at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia.  She is an artist with an established presence.  I simply love her work and the rich and vibrant colors that blends and mixes and splashes on canvas and paper and mixed-medium pieces in an amazing fashion.

Great Artists from One Generation to the Next Connect Us with the Past and Our Future.   My aunt has a 1963 Ebony article with Frederick Douglas, the abolitionist on the cover.  This 1963 printing coincides with the 1963 March on Washington, another key point on the time-line in our nation’s march toward full liberation and civil rights of Black America.  My aunt used these publications to do some of her home work to learn of both prominent and emerging black artists. Today, all of  these artists are considered to be our 20th and 21stcentury masters.

The cover of a 1963 Ebony article shows an image of Frederick Douglas just before the 100th anniversary of the end of slavery.  Then there is an drawing by Charles White showing what looks like a youthful Frederick Douglas.  Then there is the linoleum cut that you produced, entitled “Field Worker” that reminds me of these images of Frederick Douglas.  So, these images in a publication, the work of a classical master, connected with your work inspire me and I see a link between the two images from  Frederick Douglas, to Charles White (a master) to the Najee Dorsey image of “Field Worker”.

What are the barriers to art collecting and interest in black artists?

Collectors with disposable income and interest by the larger public and community of collectors.  There is and has been an going challenge and opportunity centered around exposure of art and the artists that are out there and how their works and images and message about their art is communicated.

I have always had a passion for art and it has grown as I have worked my way up the income ladder and have more disposable income to make purchases.  Initially, I had to overcome the price of certain works. I remember a work that cost $400 in the mid nineties when I first began working after graduate school.  This seemed like a lot of money.  I didn't make an initial investment then at a Jazz festival in Annapolis, Maryland, but now that $400 doesn't seem like so much to spend on a piece.

So, the message is to “follow the money and there you will find aspiring collectors and new markets as they become more aware of emerging artists and the art that is out there.  Exposure of our artists and public education are very important to grow demand and our national interest in art and that of African-American artists.

Outreach by the Print Media.  Ebony magazine used to advertise in support of black artists.  I am not sure that continues to be the case today.  They also have had a prominent collection on display that my aunt visited on more than one occasion.  I think there is a great potential for Black Art in America to fulfill this media void in today’s technology age of twitter, i-phone, i-pad and on-line communications era.

How do you think that art will influence your son Gavin?

As a parent and father you want to nurture, love, and provide guidance to help grow your child.  You want them to love and to be all that they can be.   You want to help them grow spiritually and emotionally.  I hope he will find affirmation and be positively influenced by the art and images that he sees in our home.

I hope the art Gavin sees will help him see the beauty and gifts within himself and the people that look like him.  I hope he sees men and women that look like him that love each other.  I hope he sees the positive images of family and people that care about one another.  I hope he will recognize he is a part of a “family” and a rich story that is part of the fabric of America.

Hopefully, my son will follow our example and have an appreciation for the art in his home as we  treasure the images.

Art Is Treasure:  A Legacy-Investing in Our Future.

Today I view art from an investment perspective and not merely a decorative item or a consumer good for persons with disposable income.  Our art are treasures I and my family will enjoy and our 5-year old son at the top of the steps playing will be available for my 5-year son to enjoy and inherit. The Need to Invest in Our Artists.  I also view my purchase decisions as an opportunity to sow seeds or invest in artists that I enjoy and have an appreciation support.  Artists need the support of patrons and clients and we need artists to produce the treasures and images that entertain and inspire us and motivate us to be and do more than we might otherwise do.  They also spur our creativity and elevate our minds in a poetic way and inspirational way. I view our family collection as investments my son will inherit and these varied investments in him will provide stability and wealth building for him and for our family and the next generation.  This stability will provide exposure into the realm of art and collecting.  Although I have been blessed I hope he will be able to go further and do more than I.  This generational passing of the torch and legacy-building from one generation to the next was emphasized by my parents and their forbears.  Each successive generation should strive to do more and improve upon the generation before it.  I want our son to inherit a legacy that he will treasure, including beautiful artistic images. Major Galloway, Upper Marlboro, Maryland


A Flashback to 1979: The Year of the Last Total Solar Eclipse and 10 memorable moments in African American Arts and Popular Culture August 20 2017

A Flashback to 1979: The Year of the Last Total Solar Eclipse

Black Art in America™ celebrates this rarity with and even rarer discount on original art in its Total Eclipse of the Sun - Flashback to 1979 Collection Sale

By: Diamond Wilcoxson Gass


On Monday, August 21st - Americans will be graced by the presence of its first total eclipse of the sun in over 38 years. The last solar eclipse visible in the Contiguous United States happened on February 26, 1979, and as we all prepare to experience this phenomenon in its rarity - let's take a look back to 1979, the year of the last total eclipse of the sun, yes - but also the year of many important and influential moments in African American popular culture and art.

The 1970’s were known as the beginning of the Post - Civil Rights Movement, and by 1979 Black Americans were expressing themselves and their culture abundantly through the arts. Check out Black Art in America’s list of 10 memorable moments in African American Arts and Popular Culture.

Before we jump into the list- Black Art in America is having a Total Eclipse of the Sun - Flashback to 1979 Collection SALE! We are offering $19.79 off Garden Art for the Soul and huge savings on original art and limited editions in the collection. You can shop this collection and more at www.shopbaia.com. Now, lets get into the list.


10. On February 2nd, 1979 African- American painter, illustrator and visual arts educator Aaron Douglas passed away at the age of 79. Aaron Douglas is known as a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, also known as the “New Negro Movement” - this movement was considered to be a rebirth of African-American art. The art world lost another master artist that year as well -Charles Wilbert White one of America's most renowned and recognized African-American artist died on October 3, 1979 at the age of 61.

9. At the young age of 22, Spike Lee Directed his first short film “Last Hustle in Brooklyn” and it was released on April 14th, 1979 - the first of many legendary “Spike Lee Joints”.

8. 1979 was the year of the first Black Video Game Character, and this character appeared on the Atari 800 Home Computer game, Basketball.


7. The essence of Black Joy of television, Soul Train airs episode featuring live performances by Aretha Franklin & Smokey Robinson- they perform their hit release in 1979, “Ooh Baby Baby”. Soul Train is a must mention when referencing black culture in the 1970’s.

6. Michael Jackson’s fifth studio album, “Off the Wall” was released on August 10th, 1979. This album houses many of the celebrated hit songs that lie in The King of Pop’s legacy, such as, “Rock With You” and “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough”.


5. Maya Angelou, African -American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist adapts her critically acclaimed novel “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” for its television movie premiere of the same name - 28 April, 1979.

4. 1979 is the year that the iconic Coca Cola Ad featuring “Mean” Joe Greene - former NFL Defensemen for Pittsburgh Steelers was released for Super Bowl XIII. The 60 second commercial shows a young fan offering Green a Coca-Cola after spotting him leaving the football field, seemingly injured. Joe Green proceeds with finishing the cola in one gulp, and gifts the kid with his sweaty post game jersey. Looks like he wasn't so “mean” after all.


3. Lois Alexander, an African American fashion designer, founded the Harlem Fashion Institute and Black Fashion Museum in 1979.

2. On August 1, 1979 CBS aired the series finale Good Times, the hit Afro-American television sitcom depicting the strength of family in the midst of hard times. The last episode was entitled “The End of the Rainbow”, and was the 21st episode of the sixth and final season. 


1.  Rap legends The Sugarhill Gang released their hit record, “ Rapper’s Delight” becoming the first hip hop song to become a Top 40 Hit on the Billboard Hot 100. This recordings will be recalled as the formal birth of the hip-hop movement.


 1979 was a year of many pivotal moments for black culture- loss, influence, representation & expression, ends & beginnings. These crucial events helped shape the year 1979 as the eclipse did- and stands in the capsule of time as significant fragments of the past.

How do you like our list? Would you have added anything - Any honorable mentions? Let us know & Don’t forget to take advantage of our Total Eclipse of the Sun - Flashback to 1979 Collection SALE. Our sale runs Monday, August 21 --Sunday, August 27th. We are offering $19.79 off Garden Art for the Soul and huge savings on original art and limited editions. Shop the collection at www.shopbaia.com and save!

Saving so big we can only show you half.

Enjoy the Eclipse!

Black Art In America™ (BAIA) Fine Art Show at Faison Firehouse Theater (2015) September 30 2015


The Second Black Art In America™ (BAIA) Fine Art Show, October 23 - 25, 2015 at The Faison Firehouse Theater, Harlem (NYC), is a fine art fair featuring an impressively curated array of artworks. Over the course of five years, Black Art In America™ has become a leading resource for knowledgeable curators, collectors, connoisseurs and arts industry professionals. The BAIA arts experience includes exhibition, programming and performance. Our fine arts exhibition will include works by 19th – 21st century Masters as well as emerging contemporary artists. Artwork will be offered in a range of media from paintings, photography, limited edition prints, mixed media and works on paper and sculpture. All artwork will be for sale. See our programming schedule (below) for the schedule of events and to purchase your weekend exhibition passes. 






Friday, October 23

Collector's Preview -- Private Reception
 (by invitation only, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM not included with weekend pass


Saturday, October 24

[exhibition hours 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM]

9:30 AM -- Art and Social Activism
 with Special Guests, Danny Simmons and Kheli Willetts
Hosted by the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC)

1:00 PM -- Art as an Asset
 Important lessons form the Estates of the Barnes Foundation,
Reginald Gammon and Mildred Thompson -- with Don Roman and special guests

5:00 PM -- Black Art in America™ Poetry Showcase
featuring Performance poets Ngoma and Tantra-zawadi

Reflections #PoetryMatters


NRM PERKULATOR™ Music Performances

(Admission: $20 -- not included in Exhibition Pass) 
(light refreshments included)

7:00 PM -- dei 7 free range music with Derin Young and Jay Rodriguez
9:00 PM -- dei 7 free range music with Derin Young and Jay Rodriguez


Sunday, October 25

[exhibition hours 12 Noon - 7:00 PM]

11:00 AM -- BAIA Member Workshop

Programming takes place during the BAIA™ FINE ART SHOW, Harlem (NYC) from Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Faison Firehouse Theater, Six Hancock Place, NYC 10027 (124th Street between St. Nicholas and Morningside Avenues).  Weekend Exhibition Pass: $20.00 for exhibitions and programming. Children admitted free accompanied by an adult (separate admission of $20 per show for music performances on Saturday, 10/24/15, at 7 PM and 9 PM).
For general information call: 1.347.948.7308

Making Our Way ... April 28 2015


Every man, woman, child and even the smallest of creatures faces the reality of making their own way -- taking responsibility for reaching their destination or goal.  In the ultimate sense, this is one's load in life -- owning your own vision and putting in the required time and energy to put that vision on the line to be judged by others.  To live is to choose to live -- and to 
make your own way successfully, is to choose wisely

Najee Dorsey's Making My Way
 makes you identify with the characters in this digital collage.   The main character in this piece is traveling down a road as onlookers watch, perhaps to see what will become of him. Along this road there are things to experience and adventures to be had -- some good, some bad, everyday occurrences and miscellaneous bright spots and landmarks  like the parachuted craft and the shot gun shack in Dorsey's collage.  The main character looks a bit sad but is resigned toward moving on down the road. The sky shows a magnified setting of color from the sun in purple, pointing toward an ultimate end.  

We are all walking down the road.  Some of us decide to take control of our lives and realize that each step we make is born from a decision that will effect our ending and hopefully lead us to change, transformation or some grand discovery at the end of this road. But what becomes clearer each day is that there is the need to connect with the source of power to 'make our way'. 


Purchase "Making My Way" by Najee Dorsey

To see more imagery on discovery and perseverance, please view Path to Womanhood by Sandy Hall and Long Walk by Charly Palmer   -- dy7four



Moving Beyond Color and Culture ... March 05 2015

The richness and beauty of dark skin .. it reminds me of the story of how we were created from the clay of the earth -- darker skin connecting us to our human history. The sun's rays kiss our skin and then cells called melanocytes which produce melanin, and give our skin its pigment, drink in these rays.

While admiring "Seated Lady" by James Denmark I thought about how the beauty of dark skin has been adored, desired, venerated, feared and misrepresented.  There are many economic, political and social reasons for these complexities as various factions of the human family have vied for an elusive control over the world using race as a tool to play out their agenda.

There is a joy, though, that I experience in admiring this beautiful figure of a dark-skinned woman with her head wrap and and her relaxed yet regal short-sleeved print dress in the piece, "Seated Lady".  How beautiful she is -- and it is as simple as that.

In examining the beauty of this image I reflected on the beauty of the human family with all their variations in skin color. In thinking of the realities that unite us as humans, many things come to mind about our future and it becomes ever so clearer that our future is dependent on something much greater than ourselves.


Continuing On ... January 21 2015

sbo_catlett_survivor2.jpgBeing a survivor is a universal concept and no small thing. There are survivors from wars, natural disasters -- bad experiences. However, the The story of the survivor is a very important story. It's a story of appreciation, deliverance, sorrow and triumph. Sometimes its hard for the survivor especially if the ones they love are not there. Who will care about their story and try to understand it?

We may not even realize that we're survivors and sometimes from experiences too early for us to remember.

The figure in this Elizabeth Catlett Piece, "Survivor" reflects so many faces that we've seen in our families. Here an older woman wearing an apron is the embodiment of past experiences, likely drawn from slavery in the Americas and universal in its expression. The exact year is not clear, however in considering how this image relates to us today, I thought about the many forms of modern day slavery and in particular, slavery to harmful and painful thoughts, negative thinking, untruths and the mental states that hold us as prisoners.

There is a great human need to break free from mental slavery. I see the courage and strength of this "Survivor" by Elizabeth Catlett. She holds on to an instrument to complete her chores and looks from under her head scarf into the future. And though her brow might be furrowed and her jaw fixed and closed .. there is that determined look toward the future and the hope -- the hope that allows one to keep getting up every day and continue living although being a survivor.

As lovers of African American art see more images of survival by viewing "Searching For Daddy" by Charly Palmer and "Phillipino" by William E. Smith.

-- dy7two

Kehinde Wiley Will be Presented the State Department Medal of Arts by John Kerry January 14 2015

Kehinde WileyShantavia Beale II, (2012). (Photo: Jason Wyche courtesy Sean Kelly, New York, via the Brooklyn Museum.

Kehinde Wiley will receive the US State Department Medal of Arts, in honor of his “substantive commitment to the U.S. State Department's cultural diplomacy outreach through the visual arts," the artist's gallery, Los Angeles's Roberts & Tilton, announced.

Known primarily for his large scale paintings of young African Americans, depicted in the style of European royal portraits, the Los Angeles–born artist truly embodies the international spirit of the award, splitting his time between Beijing, Dakar, and New York (see "Kehinde Wiley on Art, the Art World and Being Stylish"). Secretary of State John Kerry will present the medal to Wiley on January 21.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Cai Guo-Qiang, Jeff Koons, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems as the inaugural Medal of Arts recipients in 2013. The biannual award was introduced on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Art in Embassies (AIE), founded by president John F. Kennedy in 1963 at the suggestion of New York's Museum of Modern Art


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Changing of The Landscape For Black Art January 09 2015

Contemplation by Art BaconThere is a movement beyond color in the psyche of the global population. Perhaps, its a movement toward humanism or even a consideration of what is real beyond an 'ism' with a focus on the stark realities of life. It allows one to see very familiar things differently -- in a new light without any obstructions to our views. It comes with the changing of the times as the world moves toward its eventualities and we ponder our future.

What is interesting about this is that in our re-discovery of the familiar we find that we are not alone and that others share our new wonderment over the unknown -- it can even be something as simple as the anticipation of tomorrow and what it will bring. These are some of the things that came to mind when looking at this piece, Contemplation by Art Bacon.The expression on this woman's face -- could it be sadness, does her frown reveal some bitter thought. Or could it be sheer determination to do something that she needs to do and considers the strength of her resolve to carry it out. Perhaps it is acceptance or resignation.  We see our own thoughts in the faces of this art, black art -- now art, and us, black people -- people with thoughts, hopes and life in this world. 

Please also see other expressions in New Dreams by Ernest Crichlow and Girl 20 by Cora Marshall.  -- dy7one

FIRST CHARLES WHITE now ARCHIBALD MOTLEY ... Why Black Art In America™ ? December 29 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Archibald Motley  . . .

Jazz Age Modernist, the first retrospective of the artist to travel to the West Coast -- comprising approximately 45 paintings, Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is a full-scale survey of one of the most important Harlem Renaissance artists active outside of New York City. The exhibition surveys Motley’s entire career—including periods the artist spent in Chicago, Paris, and Mexico—and presents the painter’s visual examination of African American culture during the Jazz Age, a time when society and attitudes were shifting.

"This is a rare opportunity for Los Angeles audiences to see the lively and incisive paintings of Archibald Motley," said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director.

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read the manifesto, WHY BLACK ART IN AMERICA™ ?  . . . 

There is a move on the part of established museums to acquire the AFRICAN AMERICAN MASTERS for their institutions. The new curatorial decisions are coming from a new breed of curators who are moving outside of the box. 

A Charles White painting, Goodnight Irene, that once belonged to Harry Belafonte, has been acquired for the permanent American collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This effort was headed by Curator Stephanie Fox Knappe  "I realized it had the potential to resonate with the museum’s mission to nurture excellence, inspire creativity, and build community through the power of art.” 

Now added to the Charles White acquisition is the news of,  Jazz Age Modernistthe first retrospective of the artist to travel to the West Coast.  This trending will continue to become visible. So follow the bouncing ball and let's see whose court it lands in . . .