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Thursdays with NoMAA – Drums Along the Hudson

Meet a new uptown artist or performer each Thursday at 7:30pm through November 19th. Watch a performance or open studio, followed by a Q & A with the artist.

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This week NoMAA welcomes Drums Along the Hudson , featuring interviews with and video presentations from three Lotus artists – Makalina GallagherJohn Scott Richardson, and Sol la Argentinita, representing Hula, Native American, and Flamenco dance traditions.

Archived episodes available on YouTube and Facebook.

Thursdays with NoMAA – Elizabeth Starčević

Meet a new uptown artist or performer each Thursday at 7:30pm through November 19th. Watch a performance or open studio, followed by a Q & A with the artist.

Full schedule to be announced – www.nomaanyc.org

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Meet Elizabeth Starčević
Website: www.estarweaver.com

I weave large scale wall hangings. My work has been inspired by: travel, works of art, my desire for peace in the world in a time of war: family and friends, as well as the many beautiful colors and textiles that surround me like the magnificent work with metal done by the African artist El Anatsui. Darwin’s Gardin came from a trip to a Charles Darwin Exhibit at the Bronx Botanic Gardens.

I have woven all my work on a standing loom in Bellas Artes, The Fine Arts School in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I have been weaving in Mexico for over twenty-five years and have had solo shows and participated in group shows in Mexico, New York City and Canada.

My work is on permanent display at the City College, City University of New York and at York College (CUNY). It is on long term loan at the NYC Career Center in Washington Heights and at the New York Public Library.

A grant from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance helped me buy a loom and to start weaving in New York City. I look forward to reaching a wide audience by exhibiting my work in many different venues.

Archived episodes available on YouTube and Facebook.

THIS WEEK IS POWERED BY: Malecon Restaurant
Thursdays with NoMAA is SPONSORED by Charter Spectrum

 

Thursdays with NoMAA, Marjorie Eliot

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The Harlem jazz legend, and 2009 Uptown Arts Stroll honoree, Marjorie Eliot has presented free concerts every Sunday for 29 years. She is continuing on Facebook Live every Sunday.
Sedric Choukroun – saxophone, clarinet, flute
Nicholas Mauro – trumpet
Rudel Drears – piano, vocals, musical director
Marjorie Eliot – piano, event director

Meet a new uptown artist or performer each Thursday at 7:30pm through November 19th. Watch a performance or open studio, followed by a Q & A with the artist.

THIS WEEK IS POWERED BY: Harlem School of the Arts
Thursdays with NoMAA is SPONSORED by: Charter Spectrum
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NoMAA: Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is a non-profit arts service organization whose mission is to cultivate, support and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in northern Manhattan.

NoMAA’s story begins in 2006, when the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone recognized Northern Manhattan’s need for a more cohesive cultural community in which artists and arts organizations have the resources and support necessary to maximize their artistic, social, and economic potential. NoMAA obtained its official 501(c)3 status in 2007, and was incubated by the Hispanic Federation until becoming fully independent in 2011.

NoMAA facilitates the creation of new works by both emerging and established artists; strengthens the infrastructures of local arts organizations; encourages public dialogue, engagement, and collective reflection around issues that affect upper Manhattan’s cultural community; and fosters the region’s economic development and overall vibrancy.

Artist Profile – Art at Allen: Nutritional Value

Art at Allen: Nutritional Value

By Ruth Lilienstein-Gatton
Heightsites.com

In an urban community vulnerable to the effects of gentrification, the healthiness, availability, and affordability of food are major issues. Uptowners regularly focus on the quality of local supermarket fare, restaurant choices, nutritional education in schools, and food costs. In Serving Healthful Art, a new exhibition at the Allen Hospital, four artists have produced works about food and/or its consumption that have both local relevance and global vision.  This fourth exhibition presented by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) in conjunction with the Allen Hospital is curated by Henone Girma of Art In FLUX, a Harlem-based pop-up art gallery. The theme ties with Allen’s mission to support community health, as well as NoMAA’s commitment to showcase uptown artists in different types of venues.

 

Each of Alexis Agliano Sanborn’s four watercolors is titled after a season, in English and Japanese, and depicts actual vegetables “in season,” subtly alluding to the unnatural, year-round availability to us of all kinds of produce. Her schematic renditions of daikons, cabbages, yams, etc., labelled in both languages, have a child-friendly charm that references the artist’s personal experiences in Japan, teaching school and partaking in communal school lunches. The paintings of sweet, succulent-looking vegetables function almost like school-room charts or illustrations in a picture book, delivering a delightful message that wholesome eating habits are a concern for all ages and cultures.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel repurposes the recognizable pop icon of canned foods in his four 16” x 20” color prints of stacked cans, many prominently featuring Goya labels, forming a wall of product. As the photographer explained at the exhibit’s opening, the visual beauty of these commercial displays was something he noticed at grocery stores in New York neighborhoods where Goya is a kitchen staple. Beyond the appetizing pleasure triggered by the colorful labels, the photographs hint at social issues.  The class consciousness inherent in food snobbishness disdains canned foods as nutritionally inferior–disregarding convenience, cost, availability, and even survival. The artist pointed out that for some people recently ravaged by the hurricane in his native Puerto Rico canned food is a lifeline: portable meals which can be consumed without the use of tainted water. Viewers may also be reminded of those nuclear fallout shelters from our cold war past, stockpiled with ‘radiation-proof’ canned food.

Science blends with fantasy in Ansel Oomen’s five, delicate pen-on-paper images of the processes of consumption. Using lines composed from small, broken, train-track-like marks in a few muted colors, the artist draws human, insect, or bird shapes gently and magically sprouting botanical parts or, conversely, plants that construct fanciful human and animal anatomies.  Organisms consume and transform one another, as in the Coke bottle flowers that pour their contents into the mouth of a human-headed butterfly creature with a tree-branch for its internal structure. Oomen’s technical medical training informs his perception of how forms natural to flora and fauna mirror each other and his drawings make a splendid, yet masterfully uncluttered meditation on the interconnectedness of the ecosystem, how plant and animal life nourish and become each other in an endless synthesis.

Stephanie Lindquist’s photo collages join a concern about global issues of agriculture and sustainability to personal themes. Her mother’s Liberian roots led the artist to research indigenous foods and cultures and to uncover a complex history of transplantation of crops from their continents of origin to another.  This fascinating line of inquiry, alluded to in combined portions of paintings and photographs, raises ideas about colonialism, poverty, hunger, and nativism. On a more intimate scale the artist incorporates images from her own life, including a potato plant she is growing in her apartment. The juxtapositions underscore the micro/macro aspects of food and eating and, as with all the work shown here, make us consider health on a communal level.

The exhibition will remain in the main corridor at the Allen Hospital through the end of June, as part of NoMAA’s 2018 Uptown Arts Stroll. It is free and open to the general public, and is designed to be appealing to children and adults.  For more info: nomaamyc.org