LivingFreeNYC Celebrates Black History Month

When:Thursday February 4, 2010
Time:10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Where:Babcock Galleries
724 Fifth Ave (11th floor)
between 56th and 57th Sts.
Cost:Free (Donations Welcomed)

In celebration of Black History Month Living Free NYC would like to reccomend the “African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766 – 1916,” exhibit on display at the Babcock Galleries.

Here is the review from the Daily News:
“African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766 – 1916,” is an insightful exhibit that examines the positive and negative portrayals of blacks in American fine art, dating back to colonial times. Babcock Galleries assistant director and exhibit curator Tess Sol Schwab noted African American history “…can be catalogued by the racist and derogatory images across the centuries that have mirrored popular views while at the same time shaping and reinforcing them. Yet, sensitive portrayals of blacks by whites also exist alongside them, as well as inspiring and successful careers by African American artists.” Examples of works on display include a 1798 portrait of George Washington and his family by Edward Savage which omits the name the black figure in the corner behind Martha Washington’s red velvet chair and the “ambiguous intentions” of Eastman Johnson’s slave yard deception in the 1859 “Negro Life at the South.”

Date:Through April 2
Info:Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday by appointment only. Visit or call (212) 767-1852.

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