Archive for February, 2011
Artists and curators discussed the role of the public artist yesterday during the My America conversation series at Syracuse University.
Painter and curator Benito Huerta said it is important to advocate for diversity in gallery staff as well as curators and artists.
After talking about the exhibit that has stopped at SU (next scheduled stop: Miami), then showing some of his favorite contemporary portraits and juxtaposing them with more classic works, Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity Curator Blake Bradford reminded the audience that we don’t have to sacrifice artistically to pursue diversity.
One of the early interviews I conducted for SIF was with sculptor Sharon BuMann at her wonderful studio. Here’s an update on her latest work on our region’s monuments.
Club Wegmans continues to branch out from Upstate New York.
Syracuse University Professor Luvenia Cowart, RN, EdD, discussed the strategies of the Genesis Project this afternoon at SUNY Upstate Medical Center’s Sarah Loguen Fraser Day. She discussed culturally competent principles as it relates to spreading news about healthcare and nutrition.
The Genesis Healthcare Project is a faith-based initiative that seeks to make black men good healthcare consumers by engaging them at community locations such as barbershops and churches.
Genesis received a NIH grant in 2009.
Singer and Newark (aka Brick City)-native Antoinette Montague returned to Syracuse for this year’s Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation Black History Month Cabaret. Montague’s range includes jazz, blues and gospel. She sang several standards and also interpreted “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” but really moved the crowd with “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister).”
The show hit a cresendo when Montague was joined on stage by wealth management professional Vicki Brackens for a duet. Brackens was this year’s Cabaret sponsor.
Montague was accompanied by Joe Carello (sax), Rick Montalbano (keys), Larry Luttinger (drums) and Darryl Pugh (bass). She closed the show with “When The Saints Go Marchin In.”