Art Break: See ‘Power in Print’ at the NYPL’s Schomburg Center in Harlem
By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 15, 2018
This week Art Break celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. day with some gallery shows reflecting his ideals. Whether it’s the inclusion of all as represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery’s show of art from around the world, The Open Society Foundation’s work in social justice issues, or the Schomburg Center’s focus on education and history, the principles that guided the life and work of Dr. King are still affecting people around the world.
Another example of his influence can be found in our pick of the week with Gordon Parks’ photography. His role as a documentarian and participant in the civil rights movement of the 1960s is on display at the Jack Shainman Gallery, along with his groundbreaking work for Life magazine. By bearing witness and working to change the societal norms of the time, Parks left an indelible mark on both photography and American history. As a bonus tip, be sure to return to the gallery at the end of February to see the second part of this wonderful collection of work. And as always, all our picks are free admission.
Art Break Downtown:
Where: AEG Underground at Andrew Edlin Gallery, 212 Bowery
When: Now through January 28, Wed – Sat: 10-6, Sun: 12-6
Who: Et Tu, Art Brute?
What: International open call art show
Why: The variety of images and skills will inspire
Art Break Chelsea:
Where: Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 West 24th Street
When: Now through February 10, Tu – Sat: 10-6
What: A selection of the artist’s photographs from the 1950s and 1960s
Why: A master class in composition for studio and street settings
BONUS TIP: Don’t forget to go back to the gallery at the end of February for Part 2 of this show
Art Break Midtown:
Where: Open Society Foundations – New York, 224 West 57th Street
When: Now through July 20, Mon – Fri: 10-4
What: Group show documenting various social issues around the world
Why: See how other societies address various injustices
Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):
Where: Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (@ 135th Street)
When: Now through March 31, Mon: 10-6, Tue – Wed: 10-8, Thurs – Sat: 10-6
Who: Power in Print
What: Posters from the 1960s to 1990s
Why: The variety of methods and styles used to transmit information and cultural awareness helps in understanding the time period
Cover: A view of the ‘Power in Print’ exhibit at the Schomburg Center; photo: Jonathan Blanc, Schomburg Center/NYPL.