This is a reminder for those of you who have not yet signed up for Millennium Arts Salon's (MAS) Spring, 2011 New York Tour. The co-curators of this spectacular exhibition are Lowery Stokes Sims, curator at MAD, and Leslie King Hammond, Graduate Dean Emeritus, Founding Director, the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. They have curated amongst the most important new looks and assembled amongst the most important new scholarship examining the art and design of and for the "psychic and geographic space we call Africa", by and for Africans of the Diaspora. Those of you who have taken our tours, whether to New York, California, Europe, Africa, or elsewhere, know that our community returns enriched from the experience, with impacts not only on themselves, but on their own communities, friends, and colleagues.
The Global Africa Project is an exhibition that explores a broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design and craft. Located on 3 floors of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City, the exhibition features the work of over 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States and the Caribbean. As noted on the MAD website, the Global Africa Project "challenges conventional notions of a single African aesthetic" by showcasing a diverse grouping of ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, fashion, furniture, architecture, photography, painting and sculpture. A few of the artists represented in the exhibition include Nick Cave, Mickalene Thomas, Victor Ekpuk, Iona Rozeal Brown, Sonya Clark, Loring Cornish, Joyce Scott, Yinka Shonibare and Hank Willis, just to name a few!
The Global Africa Project Exhibition is accompanied by an extensively developed catalog of the art and the artists. Available at the Museum, this catalog will support a new vision for Africa for all of us as member of the creative classes to re-imagine Africa, both psychically and physically. This is a most important show, and we commend your coming with us for this docent-let tour.
After our docent led tour of the Global Africa Project, we will have lunch at 2:15pm at Robert, a jewel of a design in and of itself. You will be blown away by the design elements within the restaurant from the lighting to the seating! Located atop the Museum of Arts and Design, Robert offers an expansive view of Central Park, Columbus Circle and Broadway. Robert has selected a sumptuous prix fixe menu for our group.
Finally, our New York City adventure will conclude with a visit to Warren Parker's studio and home to view his private collection in Brooklyn. Warren T. Parker is a an exceptional oil painter, water colorist and print maker whose work has shown and sold in solo and group shows, and garnered acclaim and prizes throughout the United States, as well as in France and Spain. He earned his BA and MA in Fine Arts from Xavier University of New Orleans and Pratt Institute of Art in New York, respectively. His home and studio reflect the same spirit and joie de vivre as his art works, from his painted compositions to those inspired by his running with bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Parker divides his time between his homes in Brooklyn and the South of France, as well as in his home town of New Orleans. His vast experience also includes museum design and record productions, including his role as the co-producer of a well known song, bearing a title that also reflects Parker's perspective on life….."Tell It Like It Is". For more information on the artist see www.warrentparker.net
The cost for the activities listed above is $135.00. Your earliest registration helps us to confirm numbers for the tour and the restaurant, we ask that you make your commitment to participate on the MAD tour by registration at www.masglobalafricaproject.eventbrite.com.
For those of you who have signed-up already, we look forward to our adventures together again.
We also look forward to YOUR being with us on April 30th.
The Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers
Millennium Arts Salon