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'Young, Gifted, and Black' Makes its World Premiere at OSilas Gallery: See Photos from Opening PDF Print Email

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By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College

Oct. 2, 2019:  OSilas Gallery at Concordia College New York has opened Young, Gifted, and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, co-curated by writer and critic Antwaun Sargent and collection curator and artist Matt Wycoff. On the evening of September 24, the collectors, curators, and several of the featured artists were among 200 guests on hand to celebrate the world premiere of this exceptional exhibition of works created by artists of African descent, on show through December 7, 2019. 

Young, Gifted, and Black is drawn exclusively from the highly regarded private collection of Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi. Although many works in the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection have been lent to museums over the years, Young, Gifted, and Black is the first stand-alone public exhibition curated exclusively from this outstanding collection. This exhibition showcases works in a variety of mediums by emerging artists of African descent, alongside works by established artists who paved the way for the younger generation. The exhibition features over 40 important early-career works created during the last 35 years. Young, Gifted, and Black will travel to other galleries and museums across the nation after the show closes at OSilas Gallery.

Collector Bernard Lumpkin said: “The exhibition brings to public view the works of artists in the exciting, formative stage of their careers. In fact, many of the works were created by artists at the age Concordia students are now. Over the exhibit’s run I plan to be back and will bring others to see it in this unique context and among members of Concordia’s community.”

Below is a list of the featured artists

Derrick Adams · Tunji Adeniyi-Jones · Sadie Barnette · Kevin Beasley · Jordan Casteel · Bethany Collins · Latoya Ruby Frazier · Ellen Gallagher · Cy Gavin · Alteronce Gumby · Allison Janae Hamilton · David Hammons · Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle · Lonnie Holley · Rashid Johnson · Samuel Levi Jones · Deana Lawson · Glenn Ligon · Eric N. Mack · Kerry James Marshall · Wardell Milan · Jennifer Packer · Adam Pendleton · Adrian Piper · Paul Mpagi Sepuya · Gerald Sheffield · Lorna Simpson · Sable Elyse Smith · Vaughn Spann · Tavares Strachan · Henry Taylor · Chiffon Thomas · Mickalene Thoma s · William Villalongo · Kara Walker · D’Angelo Lovell Williams · Wilmer Wilson IV · Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

The exhibition is free and open to the public; however, groups of eight or more are requested to make advance reservations to view the show with Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at  CLOAKING . Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday noon to 5:00 pm, Thursday, noon to 7:00 pm, Saturday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm, and by appointment by contacting the executive director.

OSilas Gallery is on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road in Bronxville in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library.  Free parking is available on campus and is accessible via entry on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road. For more information on exhibitions and a full listing of gallery events, please see osilasgallery.org.

See photos from the exhibition opening below:

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OSilas Gallery Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka (center) with members of the gallery's board of advisors (L to R) Lisa Rao, Judy Foley, Bart Bland, Paige Jernigan, Chuck Little, and Maggie Marrone.

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Opening night in the gallery.

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Artist Tunji Adeniyi-Jones with his Blue Dancer (2017).

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Tina Staudt and Judy Foley.

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Artist Alternonce Gumby with his work Gumby Nation.

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Collector Bernard Lumpkin with curators Matt Wycoff and Antwaun Sargent.

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Collectors Carmine Boccuzzi and Bernard Lumpkin.

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Graphic designer Miko McGinty.

Photos by Matthew Zefi, courtesy Concordia College.

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.






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Bronxville High School Art Students Sketch Plants Along Bronx River PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Oct. 2, 2019:  In collaboration with science teacher Justine McClellan and her students’ research on the Bronx River, students in Courtney Alan’s Studio Art II class are creating detailed illustrations of a variety of plants found along the river.

“There has been a relationship between art and science for centuries,” Alan said. “Before photography, botanical illustration was the only way of visually recording the differences between plants for medicine or scientific purposes. Students in the Bronx River Research class could use some of our final illustrations in their work.”

As part of the project, the art students recently walked along a stretch of the Bronx River at Scout Field to learn about the different native and invasive species and carefully observe the plants before beginning to pencil sketch them, paying attention to line quality and shape.

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BHS senior Conner Stoltz creates an illustration of plants found along the Bronx River.

“This project requires artistic skill, attention to fine detail, and knowledge of the plants, and, in the process, it teaches students craftsmanship,” Alan said. “Knowing the type of plants that they are drawing and the impact these plants have on the local ecology will make their artwork more interesting and purposeful.”

Over the next several weeks, the students, who already identified a variety of plants, including Japanese knotweed, wild carrot, witch hazel, hops, bur cucumber, mugwort, jewelweed, and goldenrods, will be fully immersed into their artwork and challenge themselves as technical artists. They will conduct watercolor studies and render the plants in pen and ink, using different mark-making techniques such as hatching, stippling, and scumbling, to depict value and texture.

“Many students were interested in drawing the porcelain-berry plants, which have a vine-like leaf growth pattern and these amazing blue-green berries,” Alan said.

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Bronxville High School art students creating illustrations of plants found along the Bronx River.

The final artwork will be a combination of pen and watercolor to produce detailed illustrations of the plants.

“I hope the students take away an appreciation of the nature around them and the connection between the classes they have available to them at Bronxville,” Alan said. “Scientists and artists have a similar process, and it’s fun to explore how each could learn from one another. It is important for students to think of their classes as connected and not compartmentalized.”

Pictured at top: BHS sophomore Sofia Flower creates an illustration of plants found along the Bronx River.

Photos courtesy of The Bronxville School

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Bronxville School Sixth-Grader to Perform Original Composition at NYSSMA PDF Print Email

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By Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

Oct. 2, 2019:  Sam Bright, a Bronxville Middle School sixth-grader and talented young musician, has been selected to perform his own original composition during the Young Composer Honors Concert at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in December.

Bright described his piano composition Sahar Aswad, which translates as “dark magic” in Arabic, as a heart-pumping piece that he is excited to share with an audience.

“I chose this name because this piece has a very dark aesthetic, and it uses a lot of Middle Eastern scales,” said Bright, who has been playing the piano since he was seven. “I always liked heavy metal and rock, and I wanted to apply it to a classical piece.” 

Bright wrote his composition as a fifth-grader when his elementary school music teacher, Adele Hoffman, encouraged him to enter the competition. She kept him on task with the deadline and requirements, which included sending a recording of his composition, a copy of the music, and his application. Out of hundreds of applicants, Bright is among eleven students in the state to be selected to perform at the concert. Only one other child is of elementary school age, while the rest are middle and high school students.

“For such a young composer, his work shows great depth and talent,” Hoffman said. “He is able to seamlessly weave together a variety of musical styles and moods as well as meters. By the end of his composition, there is a feeling of completeness--the work makes great musical sense.”

Hoffman said that Bright is already extending the boundaries of his musical endeavors--he plays the double bass in the middle school orchestra, plays the guitar and electric bass, and participates in a rock band, for which he writes the music. Outside of school, Bright takes private piano lessons and studies composition at Concordia Conservatory with Dr. Matt Van Brink in Bronxville.

The Young Composer Honors Concert will be held at the Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York, from December 5 to 8.

Pictured here: Bronxville Middle School sixth-grader Sam Bright.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.



 
New Collection of Contemporary Art Opens at OSilas Gallery on September 24 PDF Print Email

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By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College New York

Sep. 18, 2019:  OSilas Gallery is pleased to announce Young, Gifted, and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, curated by Antwaun Sargent and Matt Wycoff. This exhibition of African American art is drawn exclusively from the highly regarded private collection of Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi.  

An opening reception featuring remarks by Mr. Lumpkin will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 pm.  The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.  The exhibition will be on view September 24 through December 7, 2019. 

Members of the press are encouraged to contact OSilas Gallery Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at  CLOAKING  to arrange a visit to OSilas Gallery to view Young, Gifted, and Black.  Please click here to view the press release for the exhibition.

Pictured here: Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Blue Dancer (detail), 2017. © Tunji Adeniyi-Jones 

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College New York

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 
Womrath Bookshop's Owners Thank Bronxville Community for 35 Years of Patronage PDF Print Email

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Sep. 11, 2019:  To our friends, patrons, and fellow merchants:

After 35 years of owning Womrath Bookshop, the time has come to retire and experience new adventures and a new grandchild.

Womrath, established in 1938, will continue to flourish with your patronage. We have sold the store to Barbara and Morin Bishop. They are very excited and are looking forward to their new venture and maintaining Womrath’s legacy. Throughout its history, the store has survived WWII, an address change, and the great financial upheaval of 2008-09, not to mention the rise of big-box stores and chains and online shopping.

We are very proud to have owned one of the oldest continuously working bookstores in the country. It has been an honor serving the Bronxville community. We have always known that our customers are the nicest, smartest, and most well-read people any merchant could ask for. Over the years we have been very fortunate to get to know many of you personally and consider you friends.

There are so many fond memories:  the midnight Harry Potter party, years of finding Waldo, the variety of authors, working with the libraries, schools, Sarah Lawrence College, and Concordia College, and all the book suggestions offered to you and your children. We have enjoyed watching them grow as our children grew.

We thank you for all these memories and are grateful for your support through the years. There are many things we will miss, but mostly we will miss all of you.

Wanda and Gene Sgarlata

Pictured here:  Gene Sgarlata.

Photo by A. Warner

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
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