The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 18 No. 4 (2002)


A Visual Explosion in Harlem
Published in 2002, this 64–page volume of the Hampton University Museum’s The International Review of African American Art covers numerous urban planning initiatives in Harlem, which seek to incorporate the works of several well–known African American artists. Included in this issue are many color and black & white photographs of artists’ works, with very insightful commentaries by highly respected art reviewers.

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Juliette Harris

Executive Publisher
William R. Harvey, Ed.D.

It’s morning in Harlem. At the corner of 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, the historic community’s southeastern boundary, Harlem icon Duke Ellington greets the dazzle of daybreak from atop a 25–foot–high cast bronze monument where the nine Muses—the goddesses who preside over the arts and sciences—lift him and his signature grand piano high above rush hour traffic. This is the intersection that Ellington honored as the gateway to Harlem in the opening measures of Harlem Suite, a 1950 musical tour of his adopted home.

It’s morning in Harlem. The blighted and dreary Harlem of the 1970s and 1980s is being masterfully transformed into a bright, eye–catching tapestry of visual delights at the hands of a legion of creative talents, artists, artisans, architects, landscapers, interior designers, cultural leaders, business owners, community planners and others are interacting with Harlem’s public and private institutions, its residents and its political leadership. And the synergy’s explosive. Art and design are blowing up downtown!

Not least among the visual delights is the Harlem Gateway Corridor, a $15 million streetscape improvement project that stretches from Duke Ellington Circle at Fifth Avenue three blocks eastward along 110th Street (Central Park North) to Frederick Douglass Circle, at the intersection of 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

With Ellington towering over its east end and monuments commemorating Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X planned for its west end and the intersection of 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, respectively, Harlem’s Gateway Corridor is becoming a latter–day Valley of the Kings.

—Excerpt From “A Visual Explosion in Harlem” by Cherilyn “Liv” Wright

Feature Articles and Contributors:

“A Visual Explosion in Harlem”, Cherilyn “Liv” Wright

“Harlem Gallery Tour”, Soraya Murray, Ph.D.

“New Directions in Museum Direction”, Margaret Gray

“New–Now–Next: A Survey of Rising Talent”, Bridget R. Cooks

“Nelson A. Primus: African American Artist 1842–1916”,
Barbara Beeching, Ph.D.

“Ain’t Just Whistling Dixie”, Juliette Harris

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Bibliographic Details

Title:                                      The International Review of African American Art

Publisher:                            The Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia

Publication Date:              2002

Binding:                                Pictorial Softcover

Book Condition:                Excellent

Book Type:                          Quarterly Magazine

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