Uptown Art

Comeback, catharsis, continuance | Manhattan Times

Comeback, catharsis, continuance | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi It was supposed to be a celebration. There were friends, flan and champagne. But by 10 p.m. on Election Night, the mood shifted.  Friends said goodbye. The champagne was left unopened. The election results left artist Andrea Arroyo utterly devastated. She and her husband Felipe Galindo are both from Mexico. They were concerned […]


11/15/16: Four Flights Up Opening Reception

11/15/16: Four Flights Up Opening Reception

Bohemia Realty Group opens a new condo, The Leo, on November 15th at 6 pm with an Art In FLUX exhibition featuring artists that weave a unique story about artists in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem. FEATURED ARTISTS: Leslie Jimenez, Lance Johnson, Leon Johnson & Gregory Saint Amand In addition to the visual artists […]


About Last Night – The UC Revue @ United Palace

About Last Night – The UC Revue @ United Palace

Words: Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) Sometimes you are involved with something truly extraordinary but you don’t completely register its importance until the next day when you have had the time to reflect. That is how I am feeling right now. What I have been envisioning for quite some time was made manifest […]


Considering Community as Art Galleries Help Gentrify Harlem | Hyperallergic

Considering Community as Art Galleries Help Gentrify Harlem |  Hyperallergic

A new wave of art galleries are starting to move up uptown from Chelsea and lower Manhattan, and it is time to ask serious questions about their impact and what we can do to guarantee Harlem survives culturally. BY Seph Rodney How does one defend one’s turf — the place where one lives alongside the […]


In Harlem, murals are calling attention to the discrimination against the Baha’i faith in Iran | Quartz

In Harlem, murals are calling attention to the discrimination against the Baha’i faith in Iran | Quartz

By Neha Thirani Bagri As a reporter working in Iran, Maziar Bahari was bothered not to hear more people speak about the discrimination faced by the Baha’i, a persecuted religious minority. But he knew that if he wrote about their lives, it would mean the end of his ability to work in the country. “I […]


CCCADI Opens Doors to its New Historic Location

CCCADI Opens Doors to its New Historic Location

Photography: Rex Desrosiers Yesterday evening, elected officials and around 250 VIP guests came together to kick off this weekend’s grand-opening celebration of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s (CCCADI) new historic location, the Firehouse on 120 E. 125th St. The highly anticipated opening comes after CCCADI’s 40 years of notable social justice work in […]


Choice and Chance | Manhattan Times

Choice and Chance | Manhattan Times

Artist explores themes of resilience and fortune Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Franck de las Mercedes was wandering through Bryant Park with a camera when a homeless man said he could take his picture for five dollars. The Washington Heights artist hesitated.  He never felt comfortable taking photos of homeless people. When the man insisted, de […]


Spread Love: CCCADI’s Grand Opening Weekend Celebration – October 15th & 16th

Spread Love: CCCADI's Grand Opening Weekend Celebration - October 15th & 16th

The indispensable Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is celebrating their new digs with a grand opening experience taking place over the course of 2 days, October 15th & 16th. Please join them in making history as they establish the center in the heart of El Barrio. There will be an inaugural 3-part exhibition […]


Spread Love: Up Theater Company Presents Merciful Father

Spread Love: Up Theater Company Presents Merciful Father

UP Theater Presents the First Play of Their 2016-17 Season The World Premiere of Merciful Father November 1st – 12th – Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm At Fort Washington Collegiate at 181st Street Atar Hadari’s penetrating new play, Merciful Father will open UP Theater’s seventh season. The World Premiere of Merciful Father will run […]


Dominican Nail Artist Calls Out Social Issues With Woke Nail Designs | Huffington Post

Dominican Nail Artist Calls Out Social Issues With Woke Nail Designs | Huffington Post

From BLM to LGBT pride, her nail art masterpieces make a statement. BY Shonitria Anthony One woman is giving people the opportunity to express their views on social issues like feminism, racial equality and cultural pride in an unexpected way. Dominican nail artist Ami Vega has been doing hand-painted nail art for about five years. […]


Art For The People – A Q&A With Sandra Garcia-Betancourt

Art For The People – A Q&A With Sandra Garcia-Betancourt

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Since it first opened its doors on October of 2015, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling has been a welcoming oasis for the arts for people of all ages. More than a just a museum for children, the Sugar Hill Museum has become an artistic, social and cultural […]


Elizabeth Dee Gallery Is Ready to Take On Harlem | NY Times

Elizabeth Dee Gallery Is Ready to Take On Harlem | NY Times

Inside Art By ROBIN POGREBIN It’s too soon to declare Chelsea over. But an increasing number of galleries have become disaffected with the neighborhood’s concentrated commercialism, or have been priced out, or simply want a change and are seeking new territory. Elizabeth Dee Gallery is among those establishing new turf. In January, Ms. Dee closed […]


No Free Walls: Art and Gentrification Collide In Bushwick

No Free Walls: Art and Gentrification Collide In Bushwick

Uptown you NEED to see No Free Walls. The film is an in-depth look at Brooklyn’s changing landscape, through the eyes of Joseph Ficalora, the founder and inadvertent art curator of The Bushwick Collective. Joe, son of Italian immigrants, grew up in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn once ravaged by drugs, neglect and violence. Sound […]


09/19/16: Portraits of Community – People, Places Opening Reception

09/19/16: Portraits of Community - People, Places Opening Reception

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in collaboration with NewYork–Presbyterian – The Allen Hospital, presents Portraits of Community: People, Places. This exhibition showcases work by four Uptown artists that portrays an open, diverse, and multifaceted sense of community. The concept of “portrait” is defined broadly to encompass people and places that make up the Uptown community. […]


Ami Vega Is Creating the Socially Conscious Nail Art You Need | Remezcla

Ami Vega Is Creating the Socially Conscious Nail Art You Need | Remezcla

Written by Yara Simón Scroll down through Ami Vega’s Instagram, and you’ll see an accomplished manicurist – one who V Magazine recently featured and who celebrities like Kylie Jenner fawn over. But if you’re dazzled by how much she’s able to fit per square inch of fingernail, you may have missed that she’s actually one of […]


09/07/16: The National Black Theatre Presents The Alchemy of Black Joy

09/07/16: The National Black Theatre Presents The Alchemy of Black Joy

National Black Theatre (NBT) is kicking off its 48th Season on Wednesday, September 7, with “The Alchemy of Black Joy.” A Dramaturgical Lobby Exhibition featuring a photo exhibit by Peter Cooper that celebrates the many shades, textures and representations of joy found in the Black community. The exhibition will also include excerpts of poetry by […]


09/21/16: A Night At El Museo – Room 28 Invades El Barrio

09/21/16: A Night At El Museo - Room 28 Invades El Barrio

Oh snap, the really funny folks at Room 28 are taking their comedic talent to the venerable El Museo del Barrio on Wednesday, September 21st at 8pm. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Room 28 will be performing “A Collection of Fan Favorites,” highlighting some of their most popular live sketches, and a compilation of […]


Call for artists – Portraits of Community: People, Places

Call for artists – Portraits of Community: People, Places

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in collaboration with NewYork–Presbyterian – The Allen Hospital, welcomes submissions for NoMAA’s next exhibition titled “Portraits of Community: People, Places.” The exhibit seeks to present two-dimensional artwork by Uptown artists that portrays an open, diverse, and multifaceted sense of community. We are interpreting the concept of “portrait” broadly to […]


An Artist of the People – Ronald Draper

An Artist of the People - Ronald Draper

Do you know artist Ronald Draper? Well, you should. This native son of Harlem is a mixed-media artistic wunderkind that is creating kinetic works of art that pulsate with passion and positivity. Check out this great introduction to the artist courtesy of Rae Ruckus. We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, […]


Women Showcase the Caribbean Experience in America in Uptown Art Exhibit | DNAinfo

Women Showcase the Caribbean Experience in America in Uptown Art Exhibit | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Eleven women with Caribbean roots aim to explore the conflicts in their own identities in a mixed-media show opening Friday that features a painting of a lynching and a modern take on Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” The exhibit, “Living In My Skin, En Mi Piel,” at the Rio Penthouse […]


08/06/16: Up Theater Company Presents Our Town @ The Dyckman Farmhouse

08/06/16: Up Theater Company Presents Our Town @ The Dyckman Farmhouse

UP Theater Company, in cooperation with The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, presents a staged reading of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Adapted by James Bosley and directed by Jacki Goldhammer. Saturday, August 6 @ 3:00pm Dyckman Farmhouse Garden 4881 Broadway (@ 204), NY, NY 10034 UP being UP, unos pocos twists have been added–don’t worry, […]


From Iran to Harlem: Fighting Discrimination With Street Art | Village Voice

From Iran to Harlem: Fighting Discrimination With Street Art | Village Voice

By Anita Abedian On a recent summer day in East Harlem, Alexander Keto stood on a ladder above a group of sixth graders playing basketball, aerosol can in hand. Keto is spray-painting turquoise blue paint on P.S. 7’s brick exterior. The wall turns into an image of a West African woman up to her waist […]


Spread Love: Help The Audubon Mural Project Paint The Town

Spread Love: Help The Audubon Mural Project Paint The Town

A huge flock of birds is coming to Harlem and Washington Heights, and they need places to land! A recent study from the National Audubon Society found that nearly half of all North American bird species face dire threats from global warming. Now the Audubon Mural Project is raising awareness by painting a mural of […]


07/16/16: 2 New Exhibits @ The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

07/16/16: 2 New Exhibits @ The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

Have you been to the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling yet? Housed in the simply breathtaking Sugar Hill Project building, the museum boasts an impressive art collection that appeals to all not just kids. Since first opening its doors late last year, the museum has been a welcoming presence inviting the community […]

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