“The Harlem Quilts” series stems from the idea that quilts were displayed and used as code to mark the escape routes for the Underground Railroad.
Curated by Eileen Jeng-Lynch, Art Off-Screen is an international exhibition of artwork placed in outdoor locations so that the work can viewed by the community. Art off-screen provides access to art beyond a computer screen, inspiring creativity, amplifying voices, encouraging change, and sharing messages of hope and healing.
Artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier created “The Harlem Quilts” which are displayed in the neighborhood. They are inspired by the stories that quilts used codes to mark the escape routes for the Underground Railroad. The quilts display two images: The North Star which shines every night above Marcus Garvey Park and which symbolizes hope and the path to a better life and a portrait of a member of the household (pets included) where they will be displayed.
For more information visit: neumeraki.com and vladimircybil.com
Locations of Art:
(September 26th – October 10th, 2020)
1 & 2) 124th street between 5th and Madison (2 houses, window display)
3) 5th Avenue between 124th and 125th Street (East side of street, window display)
4) 123rd Street between Mount Morris Park West and Lenox Avenue (North side of Street, display under tree in front of Apt Building)
5) Williamson Community Garden, 128th and 129th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues
6) 135th Street between 5th and Lenox Avenues (private building community display)
7) 137th Street between Lenox Avenue and Lenox Terrace (Window showing/building)
8) 94th Street between Columbus and Central Park West (Lobby of building showing)
9) 3rd Avenue between 109th & 110th Street (Private showing)
10) 94th Street between Columbus and Central Park West (Lobby of building showing)