Reception: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street & Court Street – 11201
Meet African dignitaries from various countries; sample and enjoy food from Brooklyn’s best and most noted African chef
Come listen to and watch traditional African music and dance.
Video portals to African countries will be available so direct cultural exchange will be possible. Children will have the ability to have direct conversations with other young people in multiple African nations.
In conjunction with the office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, this is the first planned exhibition celebrating the connections between the peoples of Africa and the Brooklyn public. The massive collection of Eric Edwards is the center-piece of this historical undertaking. Carefully assembled over the last forty years this Brooklynite has one of the finest and foremost collections of African art and artifacts in the country. Mr. Edwards, a graduate of Brooklyn Tech and CCNY, will along with other experts discuss the cultural relevance of the art of Africa to people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. The making of the art and its utilitarian, religious and spiritual uses will be discussed along with its role in the development of contemporary modern art.
Museums in NYC began formally collecting African art in the early 20th century, in Europe considerably earlier. Artists such as Basquiat, Picasso, Braque, Klee, Matisse and many of the modernists appropriated African art images and incorporated it into many of what today are considered the greatest modern masterpieces. Artists today such as Otto Neals and Danny Simmons recognize the aesthetic qualities of the sacred wooden sculptures and masks of African artisans.
It is with that same inspiration that seven wonderful contemporary artists will present their new works which have been inspired by the Eric Edwards collection. They will make the leap from the past to the present, and we will realize mankinds’ inspiration and what makes us human doesn’t change with time. The featured artists are:
Leon Nicholas Kalas
This exhibition is curated by Leon Nicholas Kalas, a Brooklyn curator. Kalas is also a participating artist in this exhibition. Mr. Kalas believes that art operates in a specific sphere within society, a space of freedom, of critical revision, of questioning, of argument, hope, experience, and reflection… It is the role of the artists to occupy and bring life to this space. This is a global challenge and responsibility, this importance of maintaining artistic independence and freedom should always have first priority.