The BRONX:AFRICA exhibit (#BronxAfrica) features contemporary art across disciplines along with Program Ambassador events around the Bronx and beyond. Our
borough is home to major and still growing populations from various
countries in Africa. Their vital presence influences and transforms our
city. BRONX:AFRICA is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the art,
expressions and influences of African cultures, and their impact on the
arts as nationals mix and infuse. BRONX:AFRICA celebrates the
influence of contemporary African cultures that strengthens and
connects us with the many peoples of African descent, the diaspora,
mixed heritage and migration-dispersion that call the Bronx home.
Artists in the Gallery (list in formation)
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
Howard T. Cash
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem
Ijeoma D. Iheanacho
Hakim Mutlaq Inniss
Ahmed Tijay Mohammed
LeRonn P. Brooks, Exhibition Curator
Atim Oton, Curator of Community Engagement
Juanita Lanzo, Longwood Art Gallery Director
Deirdre Scott, Executive Director, Bronx Council on the Arts
Stay Connected with BRONX:AFRICA
Please use the hashtag #BronxAfrica and share your art, stories, thoughts and photos on social media! Tell us how the arts can communicate, connect and transform lives.
More things to come. Stay tuned!
FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS at
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
Wednesday February 17: 5:45-8:00pm
BRONX:AFRICA Panel Discussion
6:00pm: African Fashion and Textiles with Sudie Nallo, International Coalition of African Fashion and Catherine McKinley, author, Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World. Moderated by Atim Annette Oton.
7:00pm: African Hair Roots: Black Hair in Art, and Identity with panelists Ijeoma D. Ihenacho and Nontsikelelo Mutiti. Moderated by LeRonn P. Brooks, curator.
BRONX:AFRICA AfroCROWD Editathon hosted by LeRonn P. Brooks, curator.
The Bronx Council on the Arts, working with the AfroCROWD initiative, is hosting a
Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday February 27, 2016 as part of the BRONX:AFRICA exhibition at Longwood Gallery, to contribute to articles on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign. The event will focus on Black
and African History as part of #BRONX AFRICA. You must RSVP here to attend. Please note that seating is extremely limited.
Please do not RSVP unless you are definitely attending. No food or beverages allowed in the computer lab.
Wednesday, March 2: 6:00-8:00pm
BRONX:AFRICA Exhibition + First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley
BRONX:AFRICA artists discuss and explore their photography/work in the US and
Africa. Artists include Laylah Barrayn (Senegal), Janet Goldner (Mali) and Howard T.
Cash (West Africa). Osaretin Ugiagbe (Nigeria). Moderated by Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming.
Wednesday, March 16: 6:00-7:00pm
Bronx:Africa Panel Discussion
African Spirituality and Death with Dowoti Desir, Manbo Asogwe; Elvira Clayton, artist; and Seyi Adebanjo, artist. Moderated by Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming.
BRONX:AFRICA Exhibition + First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley
6:00pm: African Food Tasting & Ingredients with Papaye, Patina & Fouta Restaurants
in the Bronx.
7:00pm: African Food Ingredients Interactive: Bring your language to the food table. Hosted by Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming.
Friday, April 22: 6:00-8:00pm
Bronx:Africa Poetry Town Hall Tour
Ghanaian-born Rachel Ansong, 2015 BRIO Award winner for poetry, will read from her award-winning work and will be joined by Gambian-born Muhamadou Salieu Suso, a musician/historian who will perform on the traditional stringed kora. Their presentations will be followed by a town hall-style community discussion on immigration and identity, as part of Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx:Africa exhibit and programs. This is the first in a new series of six upcoming poetry town halls supported by a grant
from the New York Council for the Humanities.RSVP is required.
Friday, April 29: 6:00-8:00pm
Reclaiming our Narratives: A Conversation with Nigerian Journalist Chike Frankie Edozien – as part of PEN World Voices
Bred in Lagos, Nigeria, Chike Frankie Edozien grew up to become a journalist and contributed to the 2016 Commonwealth Foundation Creative Nonfiction Anthology. He’s working on a memoir and has traveled the world reporting on HIV/AIDS, particularly as affects Africans. A 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting, he’ll discuss his work as part of Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx:Africa exhibit and programs. RSVP is required.
Wednesday, May 4: 5:00-9:00pm
Closing Reception for BRONX:AFRICA + First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley
6:00pm: What is African Art Today? with LeRonn P. Brooks, curator; Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming; and Deirdre Scott, executive director of the Bronx Council on the Arts. ccc
This exhibition is made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Lily Achincloss Foundation, Inc., Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, NYC Council Members Fernando Cabrera, Andrew Cohen, Melissa Mark-Viverito, James Vacca, the Bronx Delegation, and BCA members.
Longwood Arts Project is the Bronx Council on the Arts’ contemporary visual art center supporting artists and their work, especially those from underrepresented groups such as women, the LGBT community and artists of color through exhibitions and public programming.
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, one of NYC’s oldest and longest running progressive alternative spaces, presents solo and group exhibitions in various media, and interdisciplinary projects that connect artists, communities and ideas within and beyond the Bronx.
Longwood's Project Room was created in 1991 to focus on Bronx and Bronx-based artists who present solo and experimental projects that aim to address issues of politics of identity, class, gender and urban and popular culture.
Longwood Arts Project receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Lily Achincloss Foundation, Inc., Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, NYC Council Members Fernando Cabrera, Andrew Cohen, Melissa Mark-Viverito, James Vacca, the Bronx Delegation, and BCA members. ccc
Special thanks to Hostos Community College and the Center for the Arts & Culture for their generous support of the exhibition program.