Josipa Kecman, LELA
Poe Park Visitor Center’s Black History Month exhibition now on view virtually
“The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders” on display at the Arsenal Gallery
NYC Parks is proud to present the Poe Park Visitor Center’s virtual exhibition as part of the agency’s Black History Month celebration. The online show is in addition to “The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders” at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, as well as events and tours taking place this month. Both shows are free and will be on view through February 28, 2022.
“Through photography, paintings, and mixed media, these gallery shows highlight thought-provoking interpretations of the Black experience and reflect on how Black history is honored in New York City’s parks today,” said NYC Parks Acting Commissioner Liam Kavanagh. “We encourage New Yorkers to check out the Poe Park Visitor Center’s online display and visit the Arsenal Gallery to experience this year’s inspiring Black History Month exhibitions.”
Poe Park Visitor Center is a community hub at Poe Park in the Bronx that offers art, literature, fitness, and community events. Due to the pandemic, the center is closed until further notice and the gallery has temporarily moved online. This year’s virtual Black History Month Exhibition features striking photography, paintings, and multi-media work by artists Albert Bermudez, Josipa Kecman, Betty Murray, Anne Price, and Gloria Zapata.
NYC Parks also recently announced the Black History Month exhibition at the Arsenal Gallery, “The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders.” Presented by NYC Parks’ Art & Antiquities and Ebony Society, the show highlights some of the parks and park features that the agency has recently renamed to honor the Black experience in New York City. Historical images from the NYC Parks Photo Archive and other collections are placed alongside contemporary photographs, and accompanying texts detail the park histories and biographies of the honored individuals.
NYC Parks’ Black History Month page highlights events, tours, and exhibitions taking place during the month of February. The page also features information about the city’s Historically Black Neighborhoods, African-American Burial Grounds, and more. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/parks.