HOME – the exhibition – brings together a diverse group of emerging and established visual artists, each using their respective media to explore notions of re-location, rebuilding, reinvention, perception, inspiration and memory. The theme lends itself, particularly, to the voices of New York transplants, who largely define this city and whose daily realities balance on the unification of worlds – neatly fitting one within, under, over or alongside the other. It is a path of unbroken transformation equally familiar to many native-born New Yorkers who, perhaps more than any other urban dwellers, know the dance of uprooting, renewing and recreating a sense of home, even within our own backyards.
Whether we identify home as an internal nexus, a physical structure, or a state of consciousness, how we receive the world is demarcated by those images and impressions – real and imagined – with which we associate it. This exhibition encourages artists to harness those visions and analyses using any varieties of personal examination and creative process. In its entirety, it is a celebration of the hundreds who will soon inhabit this glorious structure – each to engage hope and memory for the purpose of reinventing home. As well, the exhibition is a tribute to the rich archives and ethnicity of Sugar Hill, and creative proof of the omnipresent historical force in each of our lives.
Grace Aneiza Ali
John K. Lawson
D.H. Caranda Martin
M. Tony Peralta
Curated by Omo Misha- "a creative institution"
When: By appointment only Thurs. Regular hours on Fri-Sun. For all inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Misha McGlown—aka Omo Misha—has enjoyed a multi- faceted career in the arts and education. She currently serves as Program Director for the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem and has current affiliations with the Curriculum Art Program at Symphony Space. Misha has curated exhibitions and art events on behalf of the NYC Parks Department, City College, Helene Fuld College, Community Works NY, Columbia University, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Knox Gallery and other creative and community-based establishments. She has been featured on HGTV, National Public Radio, and in numerous local and national print publications; has exhibited her art throughout New York City, including solo exhibitions at Columbia University and Renaissance Fine Art; has executed public art installations commissioned on behalf of the Harlem River Park Task Force and the 125th Street Business Improvement District (2011), and; has been awarded artistic grants by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2011), Puffin Foundation (2007, 2010) and Harlem Arts Alliance (2008, 2009 & 2013).
Misha is a published author of Manifesting Things (2008) and editor and publisher of 9/11: Voices from the Outsider Media (2011). She is Editor and Arts & Culture writer for Morningsider, an on on-line publication covering Uptown living, and a contributing writer to Of Note Magazine, which features global artists using the arts as tools for social change.
Photo credit: Grace Aneiza Ali