Strivers Gardens Gallery - Panel Discussion - Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 3 pm

About Us
Strivers Gardens Gallery is operated by the Strivers Gardens Condominium located in the heart of Harlem. 
Strivers Gardens Gallery is committed to providing a venue for gifted professional visual artists to promote Harlem's cultural, economic and social renaissance.  
The purpose of the Gallery is generally two-fold: 1) to complement the aesthetic environment of the lobby, walkway and garden; and 2) to provide a venue for gifted visual artists, Previous Exhibitionsparticularly those in Harlem, to continue the cultural, economic, and social renaissance of which Strivers Gardens plays an integral part. 
The Gallery is open to the public on the opening night of each exhibition as well as during scheduled Gallery Talks with the Artist.  The Gallery is otherwise open to the public by appointment only.

Strivers Gardens Gallery is operated by the Strivers Gardens Condominium located at 300 West 135 Street . 
Current Exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions

Exhibition Schedule:  
June 25, 2013 to July 26, 2013
Opening Reception: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013  6-9 pm

Gallery Talk: 
Wed., July 17, 2013 7-9 pm
June 25, 2013 to July 26, 2013

"Motown to Def Jam" is an interdisciplinary, multi-gallery exhibition celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month. Over 40 visual artists pay tribute to socially conscious music created by recording artists from Chess, Stax, Motown, Philadelphia International and Def Jam Records.
Through the lens of contemporary art, each song is interpreted as a visual statement to tell the story of African-American and the broader American history from the beginning of Chess Records in 1950 to the current era of Def Jam. Artists delve into issues such as racism, poverty, self-identity, gender equality, the prison-industrial complex, war, environmental justice and more, as sang in the songs represented here that collectively created the soundtrack for social, political, economic and spiritual revolution.
At Strivers Gardens Gallery we present Love Train focusing on art inspired by the Philadelphia International Records catalog. Songwriting and producing partners, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff founded the Philadelphia based label in 1971. It quickly emerged as one of the most successful and influential African-American owned and independent record companies in history. With the creation of the Philly sound, Gamble & Huff became synonymous with sophisticated soul music highlighted by lush instrumental arrangements. The label branded the concept of a “message in the music” and it was reflected in its chart-topping hits that demonstrated a commitment to promoting positive lyrics that united, empowered and inspired listeners throughout the world.
The title for this satellite exhibition comes from the 1970s song by The O’Jays, which possesses all of the facets of Philly soul; including lyrics imploring the world to live in peace, justice and unity.
With the various works on display each artist challenges us to not only hear the message in the music but to see it too.
Artists:  Gregory Saint Amand (GOGO), Tirtzah Bassel ,Leonardo Benzant, S. Ross Browne, Fernando Carpaneda, Uday Dhar, Laura Gadson, Kyle Gallup, Aanisah Hinds, Richard Lund, Beau McCall, Misha McGlown, Tomo Mori, Adrienne Moumin, Nic 707, Jeffrey Allen Price, Ella Veres.

Curator: Souleo 
Exhibition Schedule:  June 25, 2013 to July 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 25, 2013  6-9 pm

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, July 17, 2013  7-9 pm 

Caribbean Diasporas: Harlem Migration and Identity

The Gallery has been open since 2006 and has exhibited the following major exhibitions:
 The history of Harlem remains intertwined with that of its immigrant residents who continue to make their contribution to various aspects of American culture including visual art, sports, culinary arts, literature, and academia. It has been an inspiration to countless generations across the Diasporas. Curated by Anderson M. Pilgrim, “Caribbean Diasporas: Harlem Migration and Identity seeks to explore the influence of Caribbean artists on contemporary art and the interconnection between their Caribbean heritage and Harlem identity and experience.

Panel Discussion

"Caribbean Diaspora Artists: Impact and Market Values"

When: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Where: Strivers Gardens Gallery
300 West 135th Street, New York 

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, noted Harlem based artists Diogenes Ballester (Puerto Rico) and Ademola Olugebefola (USVI), both born and raised in the Caribbean, will be joined by gallerist and founder of Art Off The Main Art Fair, Loris Crawford (Jamaica) for a panel discussion with the theme "Caribbean Diaspora artists: Impact and Market Values". Exhibit Curator Anderson Pilgrim - Diaspora Now and Lisa Hayes Esq., Curator of Strivers Gardens Gallery will moderate.

For information contact: Anderson M. Pilgrim, Curator, DiasporANoW, Inc.Phone: 646 267-8831Email:

ELEMENTS OF A MANWorks by Harlem Girls Quilting Circle
Elements of a WOMAN
Wo r k s b y D i n d g a M c C a n n o n
October 6 to November 25, 2012
Strivers Gardens Gallery
300 West 135th Street, New York, NY
Opening Reception
Saturday, October 6, 2pm to 5pm
Strivers Art Circuit Tour
October 6 and 7, 12pm to 6pm
Gallery Talk
Sunday, October 28, 3pm
 J. Max Bond
Exhibition and Panel Discussion  -
J. Max Bond (1935-2009) was one of America's most prominent and influential African-American architects.  He was a world renowned architect, mentor and educator.  His projects include the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change in Atlanta, the Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, Strivers Gardens Condominium and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama.  
Sponsors:J. Max Bond Center on Design for a Just City - Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Strivers Gardens Condominium, Roberta Washington, Architects P.C. and J-P Design, Inc. J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA
Panel Discusssion
Monday, May 7, 2012  at 6:30pm A Conversation about the Architect and His Legacy:Projects – Practice  – Advocacy   Moderator, Roberta Washington Panelists:  Peter Cook, Donald Ryder and Art Symes Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture AuditoriumThe City College of New York141 Convent Avenue(@135 and Convent Avenue)  
Opening Reception - Thursday, May 3, 2012 6:00pm to 8:00pm 
Strivers Gardens Gallery
300 West 135th Street (@ St. Nicholas Avenue)
Curated by Lisa D. Hayes, ,Esq. 
May 3, 2012 through May 31, 2012   By Appointment (212) 491-0503
Danny Simmons and Artists on the Cusp

Strivers Gardens Gallery and Souleo Enterprises, LLC, an event/media production company, present eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp. The exhibitionwillfeature the works of renowned visual artist Danny Simmons and nine innovative and visionary contemporary artists from New York City and London repurposing everyday materials into elaborate works of art. Co-curated by Lisa D. Hayes, Esq., manager of Strivers Gardens Gallery, and Souleo of Souleo Enterprises, LLC, the exhibit will run from July 12 through September 7 at Strivers Gardens Gallery.
Location: 300 West 135th Street (b/w St. Nicholas and FD Blvd.)
Exhibition:  July 12, 2012 through September 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12  at 6:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday, August 12 at 3:00 pm
Panel Discussion : "Collecting Art of Emerging Artists" at 4:00 pm
Lisa D. Hayes, Esq. - Facilitator
Amy Kisch, Founder.CEO AKArt,
Debra Vanderberg Spencer, Art Historian and Exhibitions Manager, Shomburg Center
Tracey Causey-Jeffrey, Owner and Director, Causey Contemporary Gallery
Two Men 2011:
Tim Roseborough Leslie Smith, III
CURATOR:              Tod Roulette, Roulette Fine Art 
SPONSORS:              Strivers Gardens Gallery, Harlem Arts Alliance, Swann   Gallery, Roulette Fine
Arts, JP Design, Inc.                   
DESCRIPTION:       This exhibition features the work of two contemporary African American artists whose work is based in painting and graphics. Tim Roseborough is a San Francisco based artist whose work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the ArtExpo New York and, the Childrens Discovery Museum in San Jose, CA. among other galleries and sites. He is a digital artist and musician.  Leslie Smith, III is a D.C. born and raised artist who is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Wisconsin University. His work is primarily centered on narrative painting and drawing.  Smith was a  Al  Held Fellow in 2010 in Rome Italy.
Exhibition Dates:  October 27 to  December 31, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday,  October 27,  2011    7pm to 9pm
Open House:  Sunday, October 30, 2011  2:00 to 5:00 pm
Panel Discussion:  Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm
“Collecting Contemporary Art”
Nigel Freeman, Director of the African-American Department, Swann Gallery, New York
Bearden Centennial Celebration Presents
Bearden at 100:
Inspired Works of
Leroy Campbell and
Bryan Collier
August 6, 2011-October 9, 011
Strivers Gardens Gallery
300 West 135th Street
at St. Nicholas Avenue
This exhibition is part of the Romare Bearden Foundation's nation-wide Centennial Celebration of the work of Romare Bearden. This exhibition is designed to honor his legacy and educate the public as to the importance of this international acclaimed artist and his influence on contemporary artists. 
Leroy Campbell - "I am inspired, first and foremost by my experiences and what I see. But I am also moved by the images of the South depicted by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence's capture of the history and struggle of African Americans. It was after viewing Bearden's work in 1987 that I began incorporating a three dimensional element which gave me the ability to create rawness and tension on a two dimensional medium."
Bryan Collier -  "Collage is more than just an art style. Collage is all about bringing different elements together. Once you form a sensibility about connection, how different elements relate to each other, you deepen your understanding of yourself and others"
 A Photographic Essay of Musical Legends
October 8, 2010 to February 28, 2011
This was a photographic exhibition of the work of Kwame Brathwaite, a renowned photographer who has captured the images of musical legends for over fifty years.  The exhibition was inspired by the recent deaths of a number of artists, particularly, James Brown and Michael Jackson and the impact of their deaths on the public’s imagination.  It is hoped that this exhibition, like the music of these musical icons, will leave a lasting impression on a new generation of fans.
Quincy Troupe, Professor of Literature at the University of California and author of “Miles: The Autobiography” spoke at the Strivers Gardens Gallery as part of its ongoing Gallery Talk Series associated with the exhibition “Gone, But Not Forgotten”, A Photographic Essay of Musical Legends featuring the work of Kwame Brathwaite, currently on display until February 28, 2011.  Professor Troupe,  author of 13 books, discussed the work of Kwame Brathwaite, “Keeper of the Images” and his own life-long bond with jazz trumpeter and legend  Miles Davis.
Syncopated Threads:  Feel the Rhythm, See the Music- The Harlem Girls Quilters Circle”,
The Syncopated Threads exhibition was held in conjunction with a US postage stamp unveiling of the Gee’s Bend Postage Stamp and was attended by the artists from Gee’s Bend. 
The Art of Bryan Collier: A Community of Purpose and Promise
Harlem Homecoming 2008:  Selected Works by Ademola Olugebefola 1968 – 2008”
"So It Is With Us” Betty Blayton: 40 Years of Selected Works
   "What shall become of this global orbit/where men only look outward/to physical things/and never inward to his celestial self/where all anwers are found?
Betty Blayton 1963
Otto Neals: A Man of Many Mediums”   
300 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
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