Romare Bearden: An Art Crawl by Trolley Honors the Harlem Artist

August 04, 2011 at 5:41 pm

ArtCrawl Harlem trolley tour company and The Romare Bearden Foundation will host a four-hour trolley excursion on August 6, 20 and September 13 that will make stops at six Harlem galleries that are showcasing the work of legendary artist Romare Bearden and those who were influenced by him.

Romare Bearden is best known for his complex and colorful collages, many of which reflect his experiences as an African-American in Harlem. Now, 100 years after his birth, the pieces of his life and legacy come together on a guided trolley tour through Bearden’s old neighborhood.

The tour will address how Bearden’s surroundings contributed to his artistry and will include a reception at the Rio II Gallery,  dinner, wine and a live jazz performance.

Bearden was born in 1911 in North Carolina but grew up in New York City during the height of the Harlem Renaissance. He experimented with several art styles before focusing on collage in the 60’s. His most iconic works, including “The Block” (1971), “Black Manhattan” (1969) and “The Street” (1964), were completed during the last 25 years of his life.

To reserve tickets and for more information, call 212 866-7427 or visit ArtCrawl Harlem.

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