“The Pollen Catchers' Color Mixing Machine,” a site-specific mural created by Saya Woolfalk, fills The Main Gallery of The Living Room. Inspired by a collaboration with her young daughter, Aya Woolfalk Mitchell, the commissioned project fills six gallery walls with a mysterious and enthralling pictorial narrative inspired by fables and folk tales, and the symbols they engender. We chatted with Woolfalk and discovered how a young girl, Egyptian art and 300 colors helped create this astounding mural. Imagine that!
The Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem has a much-lauded history, perhaps most notable for the central role it played during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. The area was once home to the likes of Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston and Thurgood Marshall. Many gravitated to the community for its location offering sweeping views of upper Manhattan, revered architecture and socially conscious creative community.
They don’t call it Sugar Hill for nothing. According to this article in the NY Times, of all the places in Manhattan with “hill” in their name, Sugar Hill is the fourth tallest at 108 feet, making it the tallest point within Harlem. We chatted with Dr. Eric W. Sanderson, Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and discovered a few more interesting facts about Sugar Hill’s height that will have you saying, ‘Imagine that!’
When I look at Romare Bearden’s “The Piano Lesson,” I am reminded of the music I grew up around. In 1944, I was born on the second floor of 369 Edgecombe Avenue. Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins lived about two or three houses away, and rock and roll singer Frankie Lymon lived a few blocks from us too.