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Artist Talk: Boulevard of African Monarchs

 

 

Join us for a lunchtime artist talk with conceptual artist Kenseth Armstead and curator Kendal Henry on September 23, 12-1 PM EST on Zoom. Armstead’s new public artwork Boulevard of African Monarchs celebrates the legacy of African excellence in America. The installation is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance & the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (DOT Art). On view until August 2021 at 116th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Harlem, NY. Public programming is organized by the commissioning partners, and KODA.

 

 

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Boulevard of African Monarchs

Exhibition: September 2020 - August 2021

116th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Harlem, NY

Presented by The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance & NYC DOT ART Community Commission

 

  

Boulevard of African Monarchs connects Harlem, a hub of African excellence in America, to Tiebele, Burkina Faso, royal court of the Kassena people. The work reproduces house paintings by women artists, a tradition in Tiebele that predates the triangular transatlantic slave trade. The sculpture transforms marks into freestanding shapes that BREATHE.

 

Boulevard of African Monarchs is dedicated in loving memory to Emmett Till, Tanisha Anderson, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and many thousands more who have been lynched in America.

 

Boulevard of African Monarchs is the first sculpture in the Sankofa_ project. Each site-specific work is inspired by “Sankofa” a word in the Twi language that means “go back and get it. The works celebrate Africans and their diaspora, proclaiming Black Lives Matter in three dimensions. Sankofa_ honors, in monumental form, Black Beauty, free in the public square.

 

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RECENT PRESS

 

Boulevard of African Monarchs

2020 Kenseth Armstead: Boulevard of African Monarchs’ a New NYC DOT Installation in Harlem, Gotham to Go, Lynn Lieberman

 

2020 10 New Public Art Installations in NYC September 2020, Untapped New York, Nicholas Loud

 

Building a Better Monument

2020 More on Monuments, LA Times, Newsletter, Carolina A. Miranda

 

2019 2019 NYFA Artist Fellowship Program Awardees Announced, Art Forum, News

 

Washington 20/20/20

2018 Washington 20/20/20 Sculpture in Union Square Park, NBC New York & CNBC

2018 Kenseth Armstead: Washington 20/20/20 unveiled in Union Square Park, Gotham to Go, Lynn Lieberman 

 

Master Work: Slaves of New York 1776

Gorky's Granddaughter, Chris Joy & Zachary Keeting, "Kenseth Armstead at BRIC"

BRIC TV, Brooklyn Made, "Kenseth Armstead | BK Made"

Bklyner, Pamela Wong, "Celebrate Black History Month with BRIC"

BRIC TV, 112 BK, Brian Vines, "Art Exhibit Commemorates NY's Slave History"

 

Yoddo Experiments:

The Account, "Kenseth Armstead: Three Works"

 

American Histories:

A-N.co.uk, "NOW SHOWING #174: The week’s top exhibitions"

Harpers Bazaar Arabia, "Pi Artworks London Presents: American Histories"

 

Modern Heroics: 

ABC 7, "Here and Now" hosted by Sandra Bookman, "Modern Heroics and the Newark Museum"

NYC-ARTS News, “Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African American Expressionism at the Newark Museum”

The Star Ledger and NJ.com, "With African-American art hot, Newark Museum showcases 'Modern Heroics'"

ArtNet News, "Newark Museum Highlights African-American Expression, Romare Bearden to Mickalene Thomas"