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Kehinde Wiley Conspicuous Fraud Series #1 (Eminence), 2001

Monday, January 16, 2012 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Today in New York City, there are several ways to honor Dr. King and his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.

Studio Museum Harlem
144 West 125th Street
Open Thursday-Sunday
Suggested donation: $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and seniors

Since its opening in a rented loft in 1968, the Studio Museum in Harlem has been a vital hub for artists of African descent in New York City. Current exhibitions include The Bearden Project, bringing together works by contemporary artists who have been influenced by Romare Bearden (1911-1988), a founding member of the museum and a prominent artist whose multi-faceted collage style inspired many. Be sure to check out Kira Lynn Harris’s The Block/Bellona, a recreation of The Block (1971), Bearden’s iconic, 18-foot long collage depicting life in Harlem. Harris creates a scene of a contemporary, alternate Harlem in this site-specific, mixed media work.

Artists Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 16th at 6:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

An annual event presented by the Jewish Community Center celebrating a diversity of artists whose vision coincides with King’s principles of justice, peace and civil rights. Featuring an exciting array of dance, music, storytelling and documentary film this free event promises to inspire.

Louis Armstrong Month: Ambassador Satch 1954-1957
Tuesday, January 17th, 7 pm – 8:30pm
National Jazz Museum in Harlem Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 4D)

For mainstream jazz lovers and experts alike, Louis was king. Ricky Riccardi reads from his book What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years. Riccardi shares rare audio tracks and videos from some of Louis’ most treasured albums. Louis’ 1957 stand against President Dwight Eisenhower over the Little Rock high school integration crisis will also be discussed, a watershed moment in Armstrong’s life.

Picture the Dream
January 16th, 1 pm – 6 pm
BAM café
(30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn)

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the BAM café to check out the art workshops offered by BAM and the New York City Housing Authority to children living in Brooklyn public housing residences. Guided by the acclaimed visual/graphic artist and former graffiti writer Cey Adams—whose work with Def Jam and Bad Boy is legendary—students from the Lafayette Gardens Community Center created original artwork inspired by Dr. King’s dream of freedom and equality.

– Judith Dry