May 14, 2018

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Joy Out of Fire

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As the Studio Museum in Harlem undergoes reconstruction, many of the museum’s diverse programs and exhibits are currently being carried out through “a set of collaborative programs” in the neighborhood of Harlem. Within the collaboration with the New York Public Library and the Schomburg Center, there’s one exhibit, in particular, …

As the Studio Museum in Harlem undergoes reconstruction, many of the museum’s diverse programs and exhibits are currently being carried out through “a set of collaborative programs” in the neighborhood of Harlem. Within the collaboration with the New York Public Library and the Schomburg Center, there’s one exhibit, in particular, that has me interested. In a new exhibit, “Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire,”  Afro-Latina Artist Firelei Báez focuses on the stories of black women found in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. By creating colorful and expressive portraits, Báez celebrates black women’s experiences that could found in various resources found in archives such as photographs, notes, diaries, and letters.

You can view this exhibit until November 28 of this year and learn more about her work on her Instagram.

“Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire”
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY, 10037
(917) 275-6975

Detail of work in progress by Firelei Báez, Courtesy the artist, Photo © Adam Reich and Firelei Báez

Diving into these archives has been an incredible experience. I can’t wait to share my journey. :::: Opening May 1st at the @schomburgcenter Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire, an #inHarlem project presented by The @studiomuseum in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire continues the artist’s longstanding interest in representations of women, particularly Afro-Caribbean/Afro-Latina women in visual culture and history. In this exhibition, Báez features women whose legacies are preserved and maintained by the archives of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, reimagining them in conversation through imaginative portraits that incorporate materials such as reproductions of archival photographs, notes, diaries, letters, and manuscripts. In this gathering, the artist brings together women from different eras and walks of life, including important women of color whose contributions have historically been overlooked or thought of as tangential to their male counterparts. This exhibition is organized by Hallie Ringle, Assistant Curator. #inharlem #fireleibáez #womenarethefuture #art #artist #blackhistory #joyoutoffire #paintinghistory

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