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Okwui Enwezor, Noted Curator and Promoter of African Art, Dies at 55

“Art matters, the utility of art as a learning tool, a teaching tool but also a way for the public to learn how to expand their view of the world.”

Okwui Enwezor

Renowned Nigerian art curator Okwui Enwezor has died at age 55 after a battle with cancer. Okwui Enwezor (23 October 1963 – 15 March 2019) was a Nigerian curator, art critic, writer, poet, and educator, specializing in art history. He lived in New York City and Munich. In 2014, he was ranked 24 in the ArtReview list of the 100 most powerful people of the art world.

Enwezor was the director of the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany. He also had the roles of adjunct curator of the International Center of Photography in New York City, and Joanne Cassulo Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City. In 2013, Enwezor was appointed curator of the Venice Biennale 2015, making him the first African-born curator in the exhibition’s 120-year history.

Democracy Now! spoke to Okwui Enwezor in Venice in 2015, which you can listen to here.

More articles on Mr. Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor Wikipedia
New York Times article on Okwui Enwezor
ArtNews article on Okwui Enwezor

Books by Okwui Enwezor

My Lai Exhibit at Quaker Meeting House

March 19, 2019

My Lai Memorial Exhibit – A memorial to the victims of the American War, on the 51st Anniversary of My Lai Massacre.

At the Quaker Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place, NYC 10003-3705
The exhibit opens on Friday, March 22 runs to Sunday, March 24.

Friday, March 22, 6 pm –9:30 pm: Opening Event with speakers from Vietnam and American Vietnam veterans, including Vietnamese music.

The Exhibit schedule:
Saturday, March 23 – 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday, March 24 – 1 pm – 4 pm

Further program details to be announced.
Sponsored by: Veterans For Peace NYC Chapter 034 and the Full Disclosure Campaign of Veterans for Peace
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2019 New York Peace Film Festival 12th Annual

March 19, 2019

The 12th Annual New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF) is a two-day festival that will be co-hosted by The Peace & Justice Task Force of All Souls Unitarian Church and held at:
Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24.
All Souls Unitarian Church,
1157 Lexington Avenue (bet 79th & 80th St), NYC

This year’s theme is “Films are the Storytellers of the Past, Present, and Future,” presenting films from around the world that advance world peace.

10 films: five full-length documentaries and 2 documentary shorts, 2 anime shorts, and In This Corner of the World, winner of the Japanese Academy Film Prize for Best Animated Film.

Check out the NYPFF schedule here
More info about New York Peace Film Festival and see the trailers here
Free admission, but please reserve your seat here.

Red Summer of 1919 – Grace Chorale of Brooklyn

February 16, 2019
The Red Summer refers to the late winter, spring, summer, and early autumn of 1919, which were marked by hundreds of deaths and higher casualties across the United States, as a result of racial riots that occurred in more than three dozen cities and one rural county. In most instances, African Americans were attacked by White Americans.

This year marks the centennial of the Red Summer of 1919, when deadly racial clashes and lynchings across the country led to the deaths of hundreds of people, mostly African Americans. As the destruction of thousands of African-American homes and businesses. It was a seminal period in United States history. The Great Migration had just begun, initiating the relocation north and west of six million African Americas from the southern United States. Spurred by economic oppression and Jim Crow segregation laws, African-Americans found employment in Northern cities that were experiencing labor shortages due to World War I. However, returning white soldiers resented black Americans who had been given the jobs they themselves once held. African-American soldiers, in turn, resented their exclusion from the peace time benefits enjoyed by white soldiers. Tensions reached a boiling point in the spring of 1919 when the first racially motivated attacks began. Lasting from May through October, the period of these conflicts became known as the “Red Summer.”

In commemoration of the Red Summer of 1919, when racial violence spread across the nation, Grace Chorale of Brooklyn announces its 2019 season.

  • A Conversation – in conjunction with Black History Month
  • A Concert – commemorating the Centennial of the Red Summer of 1919
  • A Civil Rights Concert Tour – in the spirit of equal justice and reconciliation

Visit Grace Choral of Brooklyn’s website for more information.

A Conversation with
Cameron McWhirter author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:00 pm
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
85 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY
Admission is free to the public.

A Concert
Grace Chorale of Brooklyn 2019 Winter Concert. Conceived and Directed by Jason Asbury, Music Director.

A Long Dark Shadow
Commemorating the Centennial of the Red Summer of 1919
featuring … And They Lynched Him On A Tree – by composer William Grant Still (1895-1978)
performed by
Grace Chorale of Brooklyn – Jason Asbury, Music Director;
Brooklyn College Symphonic Choir and Conservatory Singers – Malcolm J. Merriweather, Conductor;
The String Orchestra of Brooklyn – Eli Spindel, Artistic Director with Malcolm J. Merriweather, Guest Conductor

Duke Ellington’s The River
performed by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn
Eli Spindel, Artistic Director

A Stone to the Head: The Death of Eugene Williams
The Premiere of a new GCB Commissioned work by composers Flannery Cunningham and Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa,
Jason Asbury, Conductor

Concert Dates:
Friday, March 1, 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 3rd, 3:00 pm
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets available at

The Civil Rights Concert Tour
July 3-7, 2019, Grace Choral of Brooklyn will join forces with the Congressional Chorus, based in Washington D.C., for a concert tour to Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham. The choruses will perform three concerts: at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, the Old Ship AME Church in Montgomery, and at the First Church of Birmingham.

Domestic Workers United – History Exhibit – 1/4


Domestic Workers United History Exhibition
Friday, January 4, 2019
Arts East New York, Inc
534 Livonia Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Domestic Workers United [DWU] is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all.

For the past several years we have had the honor to have these amazing women present at our PathMakers to Peace gala representing their dedicated organization and also providing the event with the much needed musical interlude to demonstrate just how powerful the human voice can be when we raise them in song.

All those who cherish labor and fairness for these hard working workers should put that on their calendars. See some images from the December preview.

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