A guide to art in NYC, with families in mind.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Romare Bearden: Seeking Connections

No doubt your children are very familiar with making collages.  Why not take them to see the work of a master?  A  collection of his work is on exhibit now at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, in celebration of the centennial of his birth.
"The Savoy" 1975 
As an art student he tried other art media before focusing on collage. He used photographs, fabric, images from magazines, newspapers, photostats, gouache, ink an oil.  He once explained that he was seeking connections..".people in a baptism in a Virginia stream are linked to John the Baptist, to ancient purification rites, and to their African heritage."  In the cutting and pasting of fragments of collage he felt he was cutting and pasting fragments of life and making connections.  His themes were focused on African American life from the rural to the urban.
While I was in the gallery a group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from the Ella Baker School came into see the exhibit.  They are studying Mr. Bearden's life and art.  The exhibit runs till May 21st.
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery 24 West 57th street 7th floor. (images Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery)
"Watching the Good Trains Go By"