Boulevard of African Monarchs
Opening Reception: TBD
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
Harlem is the crown jewel of African excellence in America. Boulevard of African Monarchs calls to our shared identity before the transatlantic slave trade. It presents the symbols of a culture that celebrates leadership with architectural painting. The patterns are taken from the wall paintings of Tiebele, Burkina Faso, the royal court of the Kassena people. Every home there is hand-painted.
The two-dimensional paint marks will be transformed into three dimensional, freestanding, shapes. Boulevard of African Monarchs reminds us that Harlem is filled with people who have a proud legacy of creativity they have brought to the American Dream. A Monarch can be anyone with a royal bloodline. This is our shared human story.