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Art Break: See ‘Power in Print’ at the NYPL’s Schomburg Center in Harlem

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 15, 2018

This week Art Break celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. day with some gallery shows reflecting his ideals. Whether it’s the inclusion of all as represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery’s show of art from around the world, The Open Society Foundation’s work in social justice issues, or the Schomburg Center’s focus on education and history, the principles that guided the life and work of Dr. King are still affecting people around the world.

Another example of his influence can be found in our pick of the week with Gordon Parks’ photography.  His role as a documentarian and participant in the civil rights movement of the 1960s is on display at the Jack Shainman Gallery, along with his groundbreaking work for Life magazine. By bearing witness and working to change the societal norms of the time, Parks left an indelible mark on both photography and American history. As a bonus tip, be sure to return to the gallery at the end of February to see the second part of this wonderful collection of work. And as always, all our picks are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: AEG Underground at Andrew Edlin Gallery, 212 Bowery

When: Now through January 28, Wed – Sat: 10-6, Sun: 12-6

Who: Et Tu, Art Brute?

What: International open call art show

Why: The variety of images and skills will inspire

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 West 24th Street

When: Now through February 10, Tu – Sat: 10-6

Who: Gordon Parks: I Am You|Part 1

What: A selection of the artist’s photographs from the 1950s and 1960s

Why: A master class in composition for studio and street settings

BONUS TIP: Don’t forget to go back to the gallery at the end of February for Part 2 of this show

Art Break Midtown:

Where: Open Society Foundations – New York, 224 West 57th Street

When: Now through July 20, Mon – Fri: 10-4

Who: Moving Walls 24: Here We Are: Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

What: Group show documenting various social issues around the world

Why: See how other societies address various injustices

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (@ 135th Street)

When: Now through March 31, Mon: 10-6, Tue – Wed: 10-8, Thurs – Sat: 10-6

Who: Power in Print

What: Posters from the 1960s to 1990s

Why: The variety of methods and styles used to transmit information and cultural awareness helps in understanding the time period

Cover: A view of the ‘Power in Print’ exhibit at the Schomburg Center; photo: Jonathan Blanc, Schomburg Center/NYPL.


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