Readings

Studio Museum, Schomburg Center Plan ‘Invisible Man’ Reading for Ellison Centenary

Cover of the first edition. (Courtesy Random House)

Looks like a very cold week is going to turn a bit warmer this weekend so, if you’ve been spending the past few days huddled up at home under blankets, like me, it might be nice to head over to the Schomburg Center at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard on Saturday to hear a reading of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) that they have organized with the Studio Museum in Harlem. Read More

Review

An Influential Citizen: ‘The Bearden Project’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Romare Bearden, "Prelude to Farewell," 1981 (©Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York)

It is fitting that Romare Bearden is best known for his work in collage; the omnivorous artist wrote hit jazz songs, painted, drew, and made tapestries, quilts, book jackets, and album and magazine covers. It is difficult to reduce his penchant for quoting Paul Valéry and his close friendship with Hanna Arendt, his stint as a baseball player and his study under Georg Grosz to the label “black artist,” unless, as Bearden himself did, you see blackness as a part of the American identity—an identity that has always been a pastiche. Read More