The Cultural Museum of African Art featuring The Eric Edwards Collection

African Culture and History Through Its Art and Artifacts

Thanks for visiting!

The Cultural Museum of African Art is an experience created by African artifacts collector Eric Edwards, who has amassed one of the largest African art collections in the United States. In a journey of forty four years of carefully selecting these items, which date back to over four thousand years, he is now sharing this journey with the public in a museum setting of education and joy. The reason for creation of each artifact,  will be shared, whether for religious, spiritual, protective, secretive, power, beauty, educational, as well as for utilitarian purposes are presented in an historic undertaking. African culture and history is learned through its art.


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                     CUNY CITY TECH                     

                 African Art and History   

     Student Training March 26, 28, 2018

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From Africa to Weeksville

            - Exhibition

 

"From Africa To Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection”

      opens at Weeksville Heritage Center on July 12

 

Exhibition displays 61 artifacts from one of the largest African art

                                                                                                     collections in the United States

 

Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, July 12 from 7-9pm at 158 Buffalo Avenue (between Bergen Street & St. Marks Avenue) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

 

 

July 3, 2018--Weeksville Heritage Center, the arts and cultural institution that sits on the site of the remaining vestiges of the second largest free African-American community of pre-Civil War America, is pleased to present “From Africa To Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection,” an exhibition of rare artifacts on loan from The Cultural Museum of African Art, The Eric Edwards Collection, one of the largest collections of African art in the United States amassed by an African American.  The exhibition, which runs from July 12 through September 28, highlights the history and background on artifacts from 17 countries on the African continent and, through its narrative and programmatic extensions, draws explicit connections between the cultural practices of those countries and the people, both free and formerly enslaved, who built the community of historic Weeksville.  “From Africa To Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection” is made possible in part by the support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and its Cultural Immigrant Initiative.

 

“I am thrilled to bring a portion of my collection to such an important place of black history and meaning as Weeksville,” says Edwards, a retired AT&T engineer.  “In many ways the collection encapsulates our experience and exhibits the qualities and untold skills that we brought to this country, all of which helped build the United States into the great country it is.”

 


Some of the artifacts on exhibit include:

  • A 4,000 year old royal woman granite bust from the Nubian empire;
  • Ancient craftsmen’s tools utilized to create the art;
  • Some of the finest of Africa’s old metal works and castings;
  • A bronze flute player illustrating the “Lost-Wax” method of casting created in Africa;
  • Rare hand-woven cloths & garments exhibiting skills brought from Africa;
  • Shrine pieces from Gabon, the Congo, and South Africa;
  • African royalty headdresses;
  • Important drums of the Baga of Guinea, and the Yangere of the Congo;
  • Artifacts used in initiation ceremonies for young girls and boys in transition to adulthood;
  • A Terracotta Maternity from the Djenne Empire of Mali;
  • A royal bull glass bead helmet of the Bamileke of the Cameroon; and
  • Rare African and U.S. slave chains that document the “Middle Passage and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade”.

 

"We’re honored to be in partnership with Eric for this exhibition and to be able to show a portion of his impressive collection at Weeksville,” says Rob Fields, Weeksville Heritage Center’s President and Executive Director.  “We are constantly thinking about how to connect past to present in ways that are relevant and resonant for our community.  Given the current tenor of the times, it’s hard to imagine few things more powerful and reaffirming than a black cultural institution hosting and highlighting African art that’s been collected and curated by someone in our community.”

 

The Eric Edwards Collection is the result of over 48 years of Edwards’ work as a private collector. He has amassed one of the most important private collections of African art in the world. Over 2,500 artifacts reside alongside Mr. Edwards in his Brooklyn home, which has become a museum. The collection represents all 54 countries of Africa and spans over 4000 years of history.  In the 1970s Eric Edwards, a Brooklyn native, acquired his first piece of African art-- a statue of a Bambara maternity female from Mali for $300.  With this purchase his love for African Art was born, and soon escalated into an obsession for acquiring one-of-a-kind African artifacts.  "I went to auctions, galleries, private acquisition sales, as well as travelling extensively around the world. I started purchasing pieces when they were truly affordable and started building my collection,” he said in an interview.  Edwards credits his father James, who came to America from Barbados at 17, with teaching him about Africa’s contributions to mankind. Those lessons empowered him with a self-respect and dignity that gave him a sense of real equality.

 

About Weeksville Heritage Center

 

Weeksville Heritage Center is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s many free black communities, and the second largest of its kind in pre-Civil War America.  

 

Weeksville's mission is to document, preserve and interpret the history of free African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn and beyond and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement. Using a contemporary lens, we activate this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs. 

 

For press inquiries please contact Stephanye Watts, Marketing Manager, at stephanye@weeskvillesociety.org or 718-756-5250 x329.

 

More information on Weeksville Heritage Center: http://www.weeksvillesociety.org.

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Artifacts from one of the largest


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   to Weeksville!    July 12, 2018   7-9 PM  158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY


an exhibition of rare artifacts on loan from The Cultural Museum of African Art, the Eric Edwards Collection

    

*   through September 28th 2018


We are pleased to present “From Africa


 To Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection one of the most important private collections of African art in the world.


 

 

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            Welcome the Community       

"African Art Journey, Culture, and You” 


GALA CELEBRATION - TUES. JULY  12, 2018   11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

                                            Program

- Director of Senior Center Address

- CMAAEEC Executive Director Address

   (The Program delivered to honor all students, with description of the program and its meaning to the community)

- Senior Art Instructor Address

- Selected Volunteer Student Address:  "Meaning of Program to

  them"

- NYC Council Person Address

- Awards Given

- Closing

FREE: 8 weeks—2 days per week—4 hours per day—Tue & Wed or Tue & Fri (10AM to 3 PM) starting April 17, 2018: April 17, 20; 25,26; May 1,4; 8,9;15,18; 22,25; June 5,8; 12,13 - Art supplies provided , for info 347-663-7770

African Awareness through the Journey of Art and Culture expressed through the Artifacts. You will learn how to express who you are through an exhibition of African art and your own interpretations in drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, and written word.      “Gala Closing Seniors’ Awards Reception”


Instructors: Eric Edwards—Ralph Carter— Milton Edwards


www.cmaaeec.org


**We thank the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for its support, and making this possible

                                      and    

NYC Council—Inez Barron

 

                                                                                      Dogon Altar Shrine Figure

 

THE CENTER FOR ARTS & CULTURE AT RESTORATION ANNOUNCES RARE AFRICAN ART EXHIBIT


BROOKLYN IS AFRICA

A BOROUGH OF INCLUSION; A CONTINENT OF INVENTION

 

 The African Artifacts Collection of Eric Edwards, the Founder and Executive Director of the Cultural Museum of African Art

 

                                        To Celebrate

 

The 50th Year Anniversary of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation 

                                               at the

 

  Skylight Gallery, 1368 Fulton Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn, NY

 

    | February 10 – April 28, 2017 | Tue – Sat, 1 – 6 PM

 

“The story of Eric Edward’s collection is, in many ways, the story of Restoration,” stated Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Executive Director, The Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration. “This is a man who has devoted his life to cherishing and preserving that which symbolizes the most precious, beautiful and human aspects of who we are as a people and presents that to the world.”

 

The exhibit will present pieces as diverse as a royal woman’s head carved out of stone dating back 4,000 years, to Terra Cottas of the Nok Dynasty (Niger), to a carved wooden royal coffin, to Ibo Ceremonial Dance Dresses. The exhibit highlights African art as integral to African life. The universal ethos of African art positions art as a fundamental part of culture: from tools to utensils to dress to musical instruments; art is never created for art’s sake. The 2,500 piece collection has taken Edwards 46 years to amass and represents all 54 countries in Africa with artifacts dating as far back as the Nubian Empire.

 

For further information, to rsvp:

Cultural Museum of African Art (CMAAEEC) – 718-399-9053

Deputy Director of Development, Christine Parker – 347-978-5970

Restorationart.org

 

Opening Reception

 

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7PM

 

Free admission with complimentary wine and beer bar and hors d'oeuvres provided by Joloff Senegales Restaurant

 

Featuring Ron K Brown/EVIDENCE Dance Company

 

Curated by Founder and collector Eric Edwards in collaboration with Hollis King

 

 



Please Donate $50.00 and receive a  "Brooklyn is Africa Poster", completely tax deductible and with free shipping. Click the Donate Button above and provide your mailing address information."


*Poster - Copyright Protected Eric Edwards Collection





                        Support The Cultural Museum of African Art
 

The Cultural Museum of African Art in Brooklyn, New York



Dear friends and all who want a better future for our children.

"This is your chance to support the creation of the Cultural Museum of African Art, its goal is to provide through the study of the art of Africa the history of the people of this great continent and their contributions to the world from the dawn of history. We believe that it will give young people an "anchor" in which to know that they are important and come from a proud past. It will give others more knowledge of Africa far beyond stereotypes, and provide the basis for all ethnicities, and races to join together to make this a better world, which is what we need today!", Eric Edwards.


Please donate whatever you can and pass this message to your friends, comrades, and family. With your help we hope to get the doors open in 2017



Media Info:


NBC TV Nightly National News July 5, 2015 6:30 PM


http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/african-art-collection-grows-brooklyn-n387071


http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/brooklyn-man-to-build-african-art-museum-with-personal-collection-477605443609


http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news


Essence Magazine – Essence.com


http://photos.essence.com/galleries/black-girls-guide-10-things-do-see-and-hear-week#700321_700256


Black Enterprise Magazine – BlackEnterprise.com    

  

http://www.blackenterprise.com/lifestyle/founder-largest-privately-owned-african-art-collection-launches-campaign-to-raise-money-open-museum/


FINANCIAL JUNETEENTH – Breaking The Chains of Financial Slavery


Brooklyn Magazine – Bkmag.com


http://www.bkmag.com/2015/06/26/inside-the-bed-stuy-home-of-eric-edwards-and-his-10-million-collection-of-african-art/


Barcroft Media – BarcroftMedia.com

New York – London –Kenya – news agencies - newspapers – TV Stations – Magazines worldwide - *Billion viewers


http://www.barcroft.tv/african-art-collection-worth-ten-million-brooklyn-new-York


Agence France Presse (AFP) Inernational Global News Agency

French, Spanish Countries – Europe – Asia – Africa Coverage


http://news.yahoo.com/york-collector-inspired-open-african-art-museum-115527429.html


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bziPJudYVb8


Feature Story News (FSN) International Broadcast News Agency – South Africa – Nigeria – African Continent

http://www.enca.com/life/apartment-full-african-art


Gothamist.com

http://gothamist.com/2015/05/12/african_art_bk_apartment.php


Vimeo.com


https://vimeo.com/search?q=The+Collector


 

The Network Journal

Harlem Fine Art Show

http://www.tnj.com/news/african-american/antiquities-collector-eric-edwards-to-showcase-african-art-2014-harlem-fine-ar

 

Business Insider                    Finance

http://www.businessinsider.com/eric-edwards-museum-for-african-artifacts-2015-6

 

For African Art

http://www.forafricanart.com/the_great_african_art_collector,html

 

Whatz-Up-TV-NY

The Great African Art Collector

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XzQgc2AhHI

 

The BrooklynInk

A Gift of African Art to Bed-Stuy

http://thebrooklynink.com/2015/12/09/54597-a-gift-of-african-art-to-bed-stuy/


African Homage

http://africanhomage.com/eric-edwards-project/

 

The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/398342/million-dollar-african-art-collection/

 

Yahoo Finance

http://finance.yahoo.com/photos/african-art-collector-eric-edwards-interest-sparked-barbadian-photo-115527037.html

 

Yahoo News

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/african-art-collector-eric-edwards-wants-exhibit-collection-photo-115527735.html

 

 
Our best,

Eric Edwards and the Team


*Contact: efedwards@att.net
 

*501 ( c ) 3 - Contributions are Tax Deductible


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

                                     Invitation


     "  Bringing People of Good Will Together"

 

Subject: Invitation to World Interfaith Harmony event at the United Nations with UN Ambassadors - Cultural Museum of African Art - Eric Edwards


Co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Jamaica for:

 

The Realization of Peace and Harmony in the World; World Sustainable Development and Response to Global Health Emergencies.


Dear Friends:

You are cordially invited to join me, Give Them A Hand Foundation,  and The United African Congress at the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week program at the:         


UN ECOSOC Chamber on Thur. February 4th, 2016 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM at the United Nations



 Please RSVP,


(RSVP: Ahmed Kargbo:  (WIHW4UN@gmail.com)


This organization will formally affirm their support for the Cultural Museum of African Art.


 Please say that you are a guest of the Cultural Museum of African Art.

 

Thank you very much as I look forward to personally receiving you at the event.


                                                     My best,


                                                 Eric Edwards


                              Executive Director, Collector, and Founder







                                     Celebrate Africa Month 2015                                  


                              The Third Annual Symbols of Spirits Exhibition   


         Uniting the people of Africa with the people of Brooklyn in collaboration


                                 

                          The African Burial Grounds 


                                                                  present    



                                                 Official Honors Reception     


                                                           Supporters of the


                                              Cultural Museum of African Art                   


                                             Thursday, September 24, 2015  


                                                              3:00 – 7:00 pm

                                                                                                   

                                                                          at

 


                                                    The African Burial Ground

               

                                    290 Broadway   New York, New York 10007              

 

                                                                                          

                         Spectacular New Art Works Inspired by the Collection


                                     Created by Select New York City Artists   

            

                                  Curated by Dr. Izell Glover and Eric Edwards


 

   Co-Masters of Ceremony - Askia Toure, “Dawn-song, 1st Nile Valley Epic”  


                                                         Abiodun Oyewole, “The Last Poets- Founder”   

 


 


 

                                           

 

 




 

                                                       BUILDING-BRIDGES-ACROSS-BOUNDARIES    

                                 

                                                                                Honorees Luncheon


                                                                                           at the     


                                                                                       Friars Club     

 

                                                           57 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022     


                                                                           Eric Edwards delivered   


                                            "MIssion Statement of the Cultural Museum of African Art"                           


                                                                              December 16, 2015                                       





    







* US Blue Sky Capital, LLC China Health Development Symposium


                     Sheraton LaGuardia-East Hotel

                     135-20 39th Avenue  Flushing, New York  11354

                     September 4, 2015

                      1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


  host - Chairman Yuxiang Min


        Theme - "Cultural Ties" - African Art and Culture Display

        Talk by Mr. Edwards

                     

       





* UNESCO Cforge (Center for Growth of Education) Event 

                          August 6, 2015

                          10:00 am- 5:00 pm

                          Ford Foundation  

             320 East 43rd St, New York, NY  10017

         

              Panel Discussion - Eric Edwards - "Art Impact on Culture"


           




Executive Director Eric Edwards to speak on African Art  at:


* Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS)

  Riverside Church

  122nd Street and Claremont Avenue

  New York, New York


  Feb. 12 thru Feb. 14, 2015



* Association Black Educators of New York (ABENY)

  The Brooklyn YMCA

  Bedford Avenue and Monroe Street

  Brooklyn, New York


  Feb. 15, 2015 3:30 pm



* National Council of Artists (NCA)

  Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)


  Feb. 18, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



* Brooklyn Historical Society

  Special Talk & Tour of the Collection


                                                                                       Feb. 26, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm                   


 

CELEBRATE AFRICA

at

Medgar Evers College

 

 

You Are Cordially Invited to

CELEBRATE AFRICA

at

Medgar Evers College

Edison O. Jackson Auditorium

1638 Bedford Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11225

Friday, October 17, 2014

6 p.m.  Exhibition through December 2014

 

About the Exhibit

 

Tours of the Exhibit at the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library

1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, New  York

  

 

 

Program

Welcome — Sylvia Gail Kinard, Esq.

Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, Office of Diversity, Multiculturalism and Affirmative Action, Medgar Evers College

Opening Remarks —  Augustine Okereke, Ph.D., Interim Senior

Vice President and Provost, Medgar Evers College

Poetry Reading — Chijioke Amu-Nnadi

“Celebrate Africa” The African Artifacts Exhibition — Eric Edwards

Panel Discussion: “The Impact of African Art on Contemporary Culture”

Moderator: Brenda M. Greene Ph.D., Chair of the English Department

and Executive Director at the Center for Black Literature

 at Medgar Evers College

Panelists: Izell Glover, Myrah Brown Greene, and Ademola Olugebefola

Question and Answers with the Audience

Book Signing with Amu Nnadi

Reception

Tours of the Exhibit at the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library

1650 Bedford Ave.

 

Celebrate Africa at MEC is co-sponsored by Office of Diversity, Multiculturalism and Affirmative Action; the Center for Black Literature; and the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. 

 

You’re cordially invited to

 

Celebrate Africa Month 2014

 

Symbols of Spirits

Exhibition and Gala Celebration

 

in collaboration with

 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

 

present

 

The Second Annual Symbols of Spirits Exhibition

Uniting the people of Africa with the people of Brooklyn

 

 at

 

Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon Street

Brooklyn, New York 11201

 

September 26 - October 7, 2014

 

Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

4:00 - 8:00 pm

 

Featuring the Ancient Art of Africa

from the

Eric Edwards Collection

 

and

 

Spectacular New Art Works Inspired by the Collection -

Created by the Select New York City Artists listed below:

 

Otto Neals          Vumelani Sibeko   

James Hoston   Jamillah Jennings 

Roger Beckles   Milton Edwards 

Gerald Jones     Janet Goldner 

Howard Cash     Dr. Izell Glover 

Sol Sax

 

Keynote Speakers

 

Ambassador Tete Antonio, African Union

Dr. Idris Olagoke Badmus, Africa Center Foundation

Randy Weston

Danny Simmons

African Dignitaries Political Leaders

Dr. Adelaide Sanford

 

Curated by Eric Edwards

The Cultural Museum of African Art

 

Please RSVP at (718)399-9053 or www.cmaaeec.com by Wednesday, September 24, 2014

 

*American Institute For Performing And Fine Arts Management, Inc. – 501.c.3

 

**The Cultural Museum of African Art will be located in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY; it has no relation or association with Vira Jones’ Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art.

.

.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

CELEBRATE AFRICA MONTH 2014

"

SYMBOLS OF SPIRITS"

Exhibition and Gala Celebration

Forty Four Years Of African Artifacts Collecting

Dates: September 26 through October 7, 2014

Reception: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street & Court Street - 11201

In Collaboration with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams -

 Meet African dignitaries from various countries; sample and enjoy food from Brooklyn’s best and most noted African chefs.

 Spectacular art creations based upon African inspiration, and actual African artifacts as old as 4000 years.

 Come listen to and watch traditional African music and dance.

 Video displays of actual African ceremonies.

 Keynote Speaker :

H.E. Ambassador Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer, Mission of the African Union to the United Nations

 Keynote Speaker :

Dr. Idris Olagoke Badmus – President & Founder African Center Foundation – "Africa’s Dream" - 44 offices worldwide

Dr. Randy Weston, the reknown jazz great and Historian of African American Classical Music

 Dr. Adelaide Sanford, New York State Regent Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor, "Our Mother Africa"

 South African painter Vumelani Sibeko, the great, great grandson of King Shaka Zulu

 Danny Simmons, artist, poet, African art collector, cultural visionary founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

 Dr. Roy Hastick, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CACCI)

NYC Councilmembers Robert Cornegy, Jumaane Williams, Laurie Cumbo, Federal, State, and local officials.

 Speak to the Chairman Mohammed Nurhussein, and President Sidique Wai of the United African Congress.

The message will be of unity and in strengthening the bonds between Africa and the United States in all ways.

In conjunction with the office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, this is the 2nd Annual Exhibition celebrating the connections between the peoples of Africa and the Brooklyn public. The massive collection of Eric Edwards, one of the largest in the United States, is the center-piece of this historical undertaking. Carefully assembled over the last forty Four years this Brooklynite has one of the finest and foremost collections of African art and artifacts in the country. Mr. Edwards, a graduate of Brooklyn Tech and CCNY, will along with other experts discuss the cultural relevance of the art of Africa to people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. The making of the art and its utilitarian, religious and spiritual uses will be discussed along with its role in the development of contemporary modern art. Museums in NYC began formally collecting African art in the early 20th century, in Europe considerably earlier. Artists such as Basquiat, Picasso, Braque, Klee, Matisse and many of the modernists appropriated African art images and incorporated it into many of what today are considered the greatest modern masterpieces. Artists today such as Otto Neals and Danny Simmons recognize the aesthetic qualities of the sacred wooden sculptures and masks of African artisans. You will see the power manifested from this in the contemporary creations of the artists presented in this exhibition.

It is with that same inspiration that eleven wonderful contemporary artists will present their new works which have been inspired by the Eric Edwards collection. They make the leap from the past to the present, and we will realize mankinds’ inspiration and what makes us human doesn’t change with time.

 

The artists and videographers are:

- Otto Neals

- Vumelani Sibeko

- James Hoston

- Jamillah Jennings

- Roger Beckles

- Milton Edwards

- Gerald Jones

- Janet Goldner

- Howard Cash

- Dr. Izell Glover

- Sol Sax

Also to be announced the forthcoming "Cultural Museum of African Art" **CMAAEEC**

This exhibition is curated by Eric Edwards, Executive Director of CMAEE.

Come celebrate Africa and its gift -

"its art’s meaning to the world".

Contacts: 718- 399-9053, 917-520-8977

or

WWW.CMAAEEC.COM

*American Institute For Performing And Fine Arts Management, Inc. – 501.c.3

**

The Cultural Museum of African Art will be located in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY; it has no relation or association with Vira Jones’ Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art

 

 

***Please RSVP with name, tel;. number, and email at comments box. 

 

         Thank you




 


                   CELEBRATE AFRICA MONTH 2013

 

                                              “SYMBOLS OF SPIRITS” 

 

                                 Forty Years of African Artifacts Collecting

 

Dates:                         September 24 through October 8, 2013

 

Reception:     Tuesday, October 1, 2013    4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street & Court Street - 11201



  1. Meet African dignitaries from various countries; sample and enjoy food from Brooklyn’s best and most noted African chef
  2. Come listen to and watch traditional African music and dance.
  3. Video portals to African countries will be available so direct cultural exchange will be possible.  Children will have the ability to have direct conversations with other young people in multiple African nations.


In conjunction with the office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, this is the first planned exhibition celebrating the connections between the peoples of Africa and the Brooklyn public. The massive collection of Eric Edwards is the center-piece of this historical undertaking.  Carefully assembled over the last forty years this Brooklynite has one of the finest and foremost collections of African art and artifacts in the country. Mr. Edwards, a graduate of Brooklyn Tech and CCNY, will along with other experts discuss the cultural relevance of the art of Africa to people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. The making of the art and its utilitarian, religious and spiritual uses will be discussed along with its role in the development of contemporary modern art.
Museums in NYC began formally collecting African art in the early 20th century, in Europe considerably earlier. Artists such as Basquiat, Picasso, Braque, Klee, Matisse and many of the modernists appropriated African art images and incorporated it into many of what today are considered the greatest modern masterpieces. Artists today such as Otto Neals and Danny Simmons recognize the aesthetic qualities of the sacred wooden sculptures and masks of African artisans.


 

It is with that same inspiration that seven wonderful contemporary artists will present their new works which have been inspired by the Eric Edwards collection. They will make the leap from the past to the present, and we will realize mankinds’ inspiration and what makes us human doesn’t change with time. The featured artists are:

 

  1. Otto Neals
  2. Gerald Jones
  3. James Hoston
  4. Aleathea Brown
  5. Roger Beckles
  6. Milton Edwards
  7. Leon Nicholas Kalas


 


This exhibition is curated by Leon Nicholas Kalas, a Brooklyn curator. Kalas is also a participating artist in this exhibition. Mr. Kalas believes that art operates in a specific sphere within society, a space of freedom, of critical revision, of questioning, of argument, hope, experience, and reflection… It is the role of the artists to occupy and bring life to this space. This is a global challenge and responsibility, this importance of maintaining artistic independence and freedom should always have first priority.

 

 

   Come celebrate Africa and its gift - “its art’s meaning to the world”.

 

 
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