Vote For Her

If you haven’t seen this ad, it’s the must-see of 2020.

I have to confess, I was weeping at the end.

Walking to Morocco

It’s hard to imagine, but 240 million years ago, were you in what would become Harlem, you could walk eastward and arrive in Western Sahara or Morocco. We all know, of course, how neatly North and South America nested with Europe and Africa, but still, the idea of Harlem and Casablanca being neighbors, is amazing.

Note how there is no Rocky Mountain range yet, and the Appalachian mountians were very prominent and spread down into South America.

By 200 million years ago, water began to invade the early split between North American and Europe/Africa.

And by 150 million years ago, what would become Morocco had split irrevocably from Harlem.

To see the map:

Park Rangers will Resume Tours of the Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower

Park Rangers will resume tours of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower on Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.

Read NYC Parks Department info, background on the restoration of the watchtower, and info on limited attendance for this outdoor event.

John Lewis: Good Trouble to air on CNN September 27th

by AFineLyne

If you missed the documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble, at The Africa Center last month, you’re in luck. It will air on CNN on September 27th at 9:00pm.

The documentary focuses on Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong commitment to being a civil rights champion and his crusade for racial and social justice. As the 2020 general election day is fast approaching,

Heart to Heart – Correction

HEART TO HEART CONCERT – VIP Victorious in Praise!Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020

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Time: Starting at 6:00pm EST 
Location: Online from the comfort of your own home!  

Mea Culpa!  We learned after sending our email message to you last week that the donation link we included has a security measure in place that may have prohibited you from being able to complete your donation successfully.

Our apologies
for any inconvenience. If you wish to make a donation online, click HERE to visit our fundraising page. Once there, simply click on the donation icon. We know that will work!

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Mail to: 57 East 126th Street, Ste. 2, New York, NY 10035

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The Bronx Museum of the Arts to Reopen September 9th

Sanford Biggers, Khemetstry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

by AFineLyne

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is reopening on Wednesday, September 9th with Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, a solo show featuring more than 50 quilt-based works by the artist, and José Parlá: It’s Yours, evoking the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx.

Sanford Biggers, Khemetstry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

For over two decades, Biggers has been developing a singular body of work that is deeply informed by African American history and traditions, and sustains a rich dialog with contemporary art on a national and international level, referencing urban culture, the body, sacred geometry, and American symbolism.

The title of the Bronx Museum exhibition, Codeswitch, refers to both the artist’s quilt series known as the Codex series and to the idea of code-switching itself, or shifting from one linguistic code to another depending on the social context. The Codex series includes mixed media paintings and sculptures done directly on or made from pre-1900 antique quilts. This process, like linguistic code-switching, recognizes language plurality, as the quilts signal their original creator’s intent as well as the new layers of meaning given to them through Biggers’s artistic intervention.

Sanford Biggers, Khemetstry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch is the first survey of quilt-based works by the New York-based interdisciplinary artist. The solo show features over 60 quilt-based works by the artist that seamlessly weave American history into a broader context of global traditions and styles.

Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch will be on view from September 9, 2020 through January 24, 2021 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Writers’ Bench: Grand Concourse & 149th Street BX, 2020 by José Parlá © Acrylic, ink, collage, enamel, plaster and oil paint on canvas. Photo courtesy of Parlá Studios

While celebrating Parlá’s roots in the hip-hop energy of the Bronx, this series of paintings addresses the suffering caused by redlining policies, the waves of displacement imposed by gentrification, and structural racism. It’s Yoursencourages viewers to question ownership in New York’s rapidly changing neighborhoods. In addition to large-scale paintings in the museum’s gallery, the exhibition features Parlá’s sketchbooks and drawings from age ten to seventeen as well as site specific responses in the lobby and outdoors that seek to integrate the museum with the city.

José Parlá on Instagram preparing for exhibition at The Bronx Museum of the Arts

José Parlá: It’s Yours will be on view from September 9, 2020 through January 10, 2021 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Take a look back and José Parlá on The Plaza at The Standard High Line.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is located at  1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street, Bronx, NY.

As part of a safe reopening, our visiting process will look different. While The Bronx Museum remains free and open to the public, visitors and members must reserve timed tickets in advance and follow all safety guidelines.

In order to ensure that the health and safety of our visitors and staff is prioritized, the museum is operating at a significantly reduced capacity with limited ticketing and entry every 30 minutes. The museum’s new hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 1 PM to 6 PM, until further notice. Read more about our new safety guidelines and what to expect during your visit by clicking here.  Reserve Timed Tickets.  Reserve Senior Tickets.

Twitter: @HarlemBlock

The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association is now on Twitter as: @HarlemBlock. Our “Bio” could use some refining. Let us know if you have suggestions:

Current Bio: “The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association unites neighbors and works to improve the quality of life in our community for all residents”

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Oh, and please follow us! Our current state is, well, sad:

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