Join us for a discussion centered around the exhibition Styling: Black Expression, Rebellion, and Joy Through Fashion. On the occasion of the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance, the exhibition poses the question: what defines contemporary Black style?
During our salon we will discuss the multifaceted representations of contemporary Black style and their cultural significance; hear from exhibiting artists about the connections between their work and the exhibition’s theme; and get a sneak peek at the show.
The exhibition is curated by Souleo and co-presented by Long Gallery Harlem and Nordstrom. On view through October 29, 2020, Nordstrom, 225 West 57 Street.
Ruben Natal-San Miguel is an architect, fine art photographer, curator, creative director and critic. His stature in the photo world has earned him awards, features in major media, countless exhibitions and collaborations with photo icons. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, institutions, international art fairs and published in New York Magazine, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. His photographs are in the permanent collections of El Museo Del Barrio, The Center for Photography, The Contemporary Collection of the Mint Museum, The Bronx Museum for the Arts, School of Visual Arts, The Fitchburg Museum of Art and The Museum of The City of New York.
Follow on Instagram: @rubennatal.sanmiguel
Dianne Smith is a Bronx native of Belizean descent. She specializes in abstract art, sculpture and installation. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at numerous galleries and institutions throughout the United States and abroad. She is an arts educator with teaching credits including New York City’s Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts, Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Columbia University Teachers College, City College, and St. John’s University. Her private collectors include: poet Dr. Maya Angelou, Broadway choreographer George Faison, Danny Simmons, Vivica A. Fox, Rev. and Mrs. Calvin O. Butts, III, Cicely Tyson, Arthur Mitchell and Terry McMillan. Most recently, she has been commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory for its 100 Years | 100 Women project to commemorate the 19th amendment (granting women the right to vote) 100 years after its ratification. She currently lives and works in Harlem, New York.
For more information: diannesmithart.com
Gregory Gray received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray has art directed numerous magazines in the United States and Europe, including Essence, Allure, Elle, Madame Figaro, and Maison Madame Figaro. He also art directed major advertising campaigns, commercials and promotions for such well-known brands such as Revlon, Bloomingdale’s, Target and Estée Lauder. Ever expanding his creative universe, Gray invented Matisse, a font inspired by French Impressionist artist, Henri Matisse. Designed for ITC, (International Typeface Corporation) Matisse (circa 1980s) continues to be implored by graphic designers today – an international success.
He has worked for over 30 years as an art director and graphic designer while painting, drawing and most recently creating his Paperhats wearable sculpture, narrowing the divide between his art and design.
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Long Gallery Harlem is a trusted resource for art collectors navigating the seemingly impenetrable art world with art advisory, collections management, and resale services. LGH makes critical work broadly accessible to the public in the gallery and non traditional venues and has done so through 25+ gallery exhibitions, brand partnerships (ie, HBO, Google, and Nordstrom) and a new window installation Passing Between the Lines by artist Shoshanna Weinberger—the public may discover and experience the work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without entering the gallery. The gallery has been a creative forum for under-represented emerging and mid-career artists for nearly 10 years and has received media coverage in the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artsy, and others. Bisa Butler, Renee Cox, Delano Dunn, Derek Fordjour, Alteronce Gumby, Kimberly Mayhorn, Arcmanaro Niles, Nona Hendryx, Zachery Richardson, and Kennedy Yanko are among the 70+ artists who have been presented in exhibitions in the gallery.
Souleo curates entertaining and informative events, exhibitions, and cultural programs. Souleo has collaborated with noteworthy institutions and brands including the New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Columbia University, Newark Museum of Art Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, and AARP. Souleo’s work has been widely covered in outlets including the Associated Press, NY Times, The New Yorker, NBC and more.
Moderator: Lewis Long, Strategist, Gallerist, Art Dealer, and Cultural Leader. Founder of Long Gallery Harlem