Community Spotlight - FLUX Art Fair May 3 - 31, 2016

The fabulous team at Art in Flux will be hosting FLUX Public Art Projects, a month-long series of performances, large-scale installations, and subtle artist interventions throughout Upper Manhattan, including Marcus Garvey Park, Eugene McCabe Field, Harlem Art Park, along Fifth and Lenox Avenues, and Harlem Grown farm on 127th Street.

We can't wait to check out everything Flux Fair has to offer and explore the creative vibrancy that is inextricably linked within the spirit of Harlem.

Throughout the month of May, FLUX will host FREE and ticketed programs including tours, brunches, panel discussions, artist talks, artist performances, and performances by the National Jazz Museum of Harlem and the Classical Theatre of Harlem, and Sip + Sketch evenings, bringing together original works by 40 groundbreaking artists, 50 percent of whom are women. 


OPENING CELEBRATION / Tuesday, May 3 / 8pm-10pm / $25
Come and explore the tastes and sounds of Harlem at several local hotspots including including Barawine, Cheri, Corner Social, Harlem Shake and Settepani. Tickets include live music performances and complimentary beverages with wristband. First 300 tickets include a FLUX tote bag. 

SIP + SKETCH / Wednesday, May 4 / 6:30pm-8:30pm / $25

For those looking to unleash their inner artist, the FLUX Sip + Sketch is a an educational and fun-filled evening. Learn how to sketch live models (FLUX will supply materials for beginners, however guests are welcome to bring their favorite sketching tools). Trivia questions and prizes during sketching breaks including a pair of tickets to the new Broadway play ECLIPSED and tasting trinkets of Drunken Fruit! Your $25 ticket includes a glass of wine or sangria.
LOCATION: Cheri Harlem, 231 Lenox Avenue between 121st and 122nd Streets

DISCUSSION BRUNCH SERIES / Various times and locations / Click HERE for details.

Throughout the month of May, FLUX will host several weekend brunches featuring leading curators, artists, and more. Tickets are $45 per person and include a brunch entrée, coffee, mimosa, panel discussion, and a tour of exhibition highlights. 

Saturday, May 7, 11AM: "What, Why and Who to Collect in 2016"  Moderated by David C. Terry, Director of Programs and Curator, New York Foundation for the Arts
Panelists: Joey Lico, Dena Muller, Larry Ossei Mensah, Gardy St. Fleur
This panel assembles four distinguished cultural producers who will discuss trends in contemporary art, technological advances in the evolving art scene and how they influence art buying both nationally and internationally. Additionally, the panel will advise on how to collect with respect to said trends, while introducing the audience to new artists to watch in the future.

LOCATION: Settepani, 196 Lenox Avenue at 120th Street, NYC

Saturday, May 7, 11AM“Architecture + Growth”  Moderated by Warren James, Architect and Director of Architecture OMI International Arts Center
A discussion between urban artists and architects, explores how the contemporary artist influences the architectural vision and expression of urban planning and growth. These urban artists and architects deliberate the impact of their roles in persuading organic, physical and technological growth within the cityscape.  LOCATION: Barawine, 200 Lenox Avenue at 120th Street, NYC

Saturday, May 14, 11AM"WHITEHOT Magazine and FLUXArtists in Conversation" Moderated by Gregory de la Haba, Publisher WHITEHOT and Quiet Lunch Magazines
This discussion with FLUX artists, Bayeté Ross Smith, Stan Squirewell and Tammy Nguyen addresses the experience of making art for the people.  The group discusses the creative challenges that arise when you enter the public art realm.
LOCATION: Corner Social, 321 Lenox Ave at 126th Street, NYC
IMAGE LEFT: Bayeté Ross Smith building a Boom Box Tower. 


SUNDAY, MAY 15, 11AM: "Palatable Brunch Tour Presented in Partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem," Moderated by Hallie Ringle, curator The Studio Museum in Harlem 

Panelists: Miguel Luciano, Hannah Bronfman, Anahi Angelone, and Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson,
This panel will explore the complex intersections of food, community, and contemporary art. Celebrating the myriad of ways that people represent themselves through food, this program engages food culture as a powerful lens through which people self-identify and understand themselves in relation to issues of politics, memory, heritage, race and culture. This brunch followed by a tour featuring highlights from the Studio Museum exhibition, Palatable: Food and Contemporary Art.
LOCATION: Angel of Harlem, 2272 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 122nd Street, NYC

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 11AM: "Urbanscapes | Blending Art, Nature and Urban Life" Moderated by Danny Simmons, Co-Founder, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation/President Rush Arts and Corridor Galleries/Artists, Collector, WriterPanelists include FLUX artists Musa Hixson, Sara Jimenez and Alice Momm and Curatorial Director of Wavehill Gabriel DeGuzman.  
This discussion will reflect on the complexities of balancing art, nature, and urban life through sculpture, installation, and public art. 

IMAGE LEFT: Musa Hixson building Sculpture Love for FLUX Public Art Projects.

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 11AM: "Contemporary Art, Politics, and the Social Value of Collecting" Moderated by Donnamarie Baptiste, Director of Marketing & Communications, Creative Time

Panelists will explore the ways in which art is valuable beyond its materiality, and its importance as a way to initiate and critique social and political dialogue. Artistic practice, politics, the social value of collecting, and how they are-or can be- intertwined will be explored.
LOCATION: Cheri Harlem, 231 Lenox Avenue between 121st and 122nd Streets

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 11AM: “Art & Farm Family Brunch" $20 Kids / $30 Adults   Alice Momm, a Harlem artist with a public art piece on the new Harlem Grown hydroponic farm (under construction) will lead a family activity at Harlem Shake. After brunch Alice will lead a walk over to the Harlem Grown farm to introduce her interactive public art project as well as an installation by Bernard Klevickas. 
LOCATION: Harlem Shake, 100 W. 124th Street at Lenox Avenue

PERFORMANCES: Opening Night 6PM to 8PM and Saturdays throughout May 1PM to 3PM including subtle artist interventions, music by the National Jazz Museum of Harlem (May 3) and skits by Classical Theater of Harlem (May 7)

Image Below: Victoria Udondian, Her Royal highness, Queen Sara ObayomiTableau Vivant, 2016, Performance Opening Night6PM - 8PM

FLUX Public Art Projects are presented in collaboration with Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, NYC Department of Transportation's Art Program and NYC Parks.