- BABCOCK GALLERIES ART EXHIBITION: "African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766 – 1916," is an exhibition that examines the positive and negative portrayals of blacks in American fine art, dating back to colonial times. Examples of works on display include a 1798 portrait of George Washington and his family by Edward Savage which omits the name the black figure in the corner behind Martha Washington's red velvet chair and the "ambiguous intentions" of Eastman Johnson's slave yard deception in the 1859 "Negro Life at the South."
Date: Through April 2
Place: Babcock Galleries, 724 Fifth Ave. (between 56th and 57th Sts.) on the 11th floor.
Info: Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday by appointment only. Visit www.babcockgalleries.com or call (212) 767-1852.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
Black History Month Films
February 18, 2010
Robert Colescott: The One-Two Punch (1992)
David Irving, director. Discusses the themes of irony, humor, and appropriation that characterize Colescott's work (30 min.).
The Art of Romare Bearden (2003)
Carroll Moore, director. Describes how Bearden's paintings and collages captured the diversity and richness of his life with its unique blend of cultural influences (34 min.).
Free with Museum admission
2:00 p.m., Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, American Negro Theatre February 20, 2010 3:00 pm Free
A film series that chronicles two of the Diasporas most famous carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Brazil.
3 p.m. Mas Feve: Inside Trinidad Carnival
4:00 p.m. Spirit of Samba: Black Music of Brazil
5:00 p.m. Discussion
More 2010 Black History Month events