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CALABAR GALLERY
HARLEM: 2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10030. 646-964-5062

Website: Calabar Gallery and Instagram page (please follow us here too). 
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Welcome to CALABAR GALLERY. We showcase contemporary African Artists and African Diaspora artists globally. Based in Harlem, work featured is inspired and influenced by black African culture globally with a focus on dynamic ideas about art and society.
Art is my cure to all this madness, sadness and loss of belonging in the world & through it I'll walk myself home.- Nikki Rowe

This week, I have began curating our first exhibition in more than a year for our gallery space. In reorganizing and adding more building wall spaces from movable wall pieces from the American Folk Museum that we found on Craigslist to lights given to us from the owner of  Savacou Gallery who closed and had them in a Bronx storage facility, I realized our space is coming together with some history, ghosts of the pasts and so much storytelling. I am grateful for these two institutions, sometimes, life gives you gifts, what you do with them is vital.

I have a small space, just 800 square feet, it's last resident was Nike, yes, that company. About 12 years ago, they decided to have a popup in the space in Harlem to sell sneakers, it lasted about a year. But, something remained, our FedEx delivery guy told me 2 years ago, the most deliveries they make in Harlem is for sneakers- Nike. 


When I found the space, it still had markings of a basketball game floor. We painted it over this summer but you can still see hints of the curved lines. Prior to them, it was a classic New York City Bodega...a grocery store, one of the last Puerto Rican ones in West Harlem, today, they are owned by Arabs, specifically, Yemenis, who are now entering the 99 cents store market. New York is a tale of immigrant retail stories.


We are on 134th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Some ironies are not lost on me, since I used to be in architecture and published a magazine called Blacklines focused on Black Architects and Designers 20 years ago. I work on 134th Street where St. Philip's Episcopal Church is a historic Episcopal church located at 204 West 134th Street, and its congregation was founded in 1809 by free African Americans worshiping at Trinity Church, Wall Street as the Free African Church of St. Philip and is the oldest black Episcopal parish in New York City. It was built in 1910-11, a Gothic revival building by African American Architects, Vertner W. Tandy and George W. Foster, Jr of Tandy & Foster. Tandy was the first African-American architect licensed to practice in New York State and Foster was among the first licensed by the State of New Jersey. 

Notable parishioners of St. Philip's include, in the 19th century: Thomas Jennings, Thomas Downing, his son George T. Downing, Dr. James McCune Smith, and Alexander Crummell. In the 20th century, such political and cultural leaders as professor and public intellectual W. E. B. Du Bois; Thurgood Marshall, NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney and Supreme Court Justice; and poet and playwright Langston Hughes were also members of the church.

This Harlem, I work in is steeped in history, even my own has its own legs. I work in Harlem on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, back in the neighborhood where I went to City College on Convent Avenue, up the hill through St Nicholas Park. I work about 3 blocks from Harlem Hospital on Lennox Avenue where my mother was born and was taken home to her house that was on Convent Avenue and later went to school in the neighborhood where her parents owned a home in the late 1930s. I work about several blocks from the school my grandmother was taught by some of the Harlem Renaissance writers and my grandfather renovated so many homes in Hamilton Heights in the 1930s through 1962 before he bought a farm in Jamaica and relocated, the same year, my father and mother married and headed off to Nigeria to live.

So many stories, so many lives, so, each day as I leave home to head here, I remind myself, I came here with responsibility and legacy, to create an unusual place, an arts community and a gallery in a community already steeped in culture and history, so I should add much to it, give it love, and shine brightly. I should be that beacon, that place, and like my birthplace, Calabar, the gateway to the world, the African gateway, for all Africans globally, here in the US, from the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and for all African descendants.

I do digress often. So, what will our first exhibition be? I thought about it for the month of January and as I added artists into our fold, it made sense to do a show introducing two of our artists: P. Wamaitha Ng'ang'a and Alexandre Kyungu Mwilambwe, these two Africans, one Kenyan in London, an amazing female photographer working on several personal projects and a Congolese artist who is working on immigration and urban cities. These two are self-driven artists whose work and process really reflect some of the focal points of our gallery. This exhibition will in April and a key point of our re-opening in tandem with my talk about our Black Women Art Collectors Project.  Locating both in our Open House is a way of welcoming the community back into our space, and for us, a way to return and resume exhibitions again.

In the midst of the city slowing reopening more spaces, indoor dining is now 35%; we are projecting by April 15, 30% of NYC residents would have taken vaccine,  so it will be time to welcome Spring again. Currently in our zip code, 10030, of 26,000 people, just 4%. And around us, averagely, 4 -7%. Slowly, it will grow, but we will insist and maintain the Covid-19 protocols of masks and sanitizers for the next year in our gallery, and setup an appointment system via Eventbrite.

Stay healthy, safe and spread the word about our gallery. We are asking each of you to share our email with 3 friends - and ask them to SIGN UP HERE.

Atim
Atim Annette Oton
Curator and Gallery Director
JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST EXHIBITION OF 2021:
A HYBRID FORMAT OF AN AN ONSITE AND VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

IF YOU ARE IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA IN APRIL, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU ATTEND OUR FIRST EXHIBITION OF 2021. YOU CAN REGISTER BELOW TOATTEND. YES, WE WILL BE FOLLOWING STRICT COVID PROTOCOLS.

REGISTER HERE.

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HUGE NEWS - We are getting ready for our first OPEN HOUSE. Yes, I said OPEN HOUSE. We are projecting to open the gallery to having our first live onsite event but it is only open to NYC area residents. We thought we try something really different and re-introduce ourselves since it's been a while.
Join us for our first onsite event: an open house, a talk about the Black Women Art Collectors Project and an exhibition preview.  It's for April 17 and 18 from 1pm to 6pm.

We will practice Covid-19 protocols and permit 10 people at a time, only 10 people, so every half an hour, we will expect a new audience - we are calling this our #covid #people #movable #installation. So register below for a time in our schedule. We will be reaching out to confirm that you do live in the vicinity and will actually come. Yes, it's a #covid exclusive event

Our weekend begins on this weekend and will have time slots on both Saturday and Sunday. We will talk about two projects: our first live exhibition in a long while and arts collectors project.

1pm: Doors open to preview space

1:15pm: Brief Exhibition talk.

1:30pm: Brief talk on Black Women Art Collectors Project

REGISTER HERE.

3:15pm: Brief Exhibition talk.

3:30pm: Brief talk on Black Women Art Collectors Project

REGISTER HERE.

5:15pm: Brief Exhibition talk.

5:30pm: Brief talk on Black Women Art Collectors Project
REGISTER HERE.

JOIN ME FOR A DISCUSSION ON THE ART WHALE SERIES 
Hosted by Art Critic Grishma Khodaria
It will be a A Live Gallery Tour along with Conversations
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: TURIYA MAGADLELA

This week, we are pleased to announce  a strategic relationship to sell the work of TURIYA MAGADLELA who is based in South Africa, to show and sell her work directly to our buyers and collectors. If you do not know her work - we are pleased to introduce her to you. We are offering these pieces to be sold as well as some others, and you can contact us via this email - info@calabargallery.com

Top: Untitled, from the series inequalities 2019, tights over canvas, each piece 120 x 120cm (THESE ARE 3 PIECES, 47.2441 x 47.2441 inches)

Bottom: Khala, Colour, Color, composition in purple, 2020, tights over canvas, each piece 120 x 120cm (47.2441 x 47.2441 inches)

If you are interested- so please reach out to us at info@calabargallery.com

South African artist Turiya Magadlela (b. 1978, Johannesburg, South Africa) works with commonly found fabrics, from pantyhose to correctional service uniforms. She creates abstract compositions by cutting, stitching, folding and stretching these materials across wooden frames. Her subject matter moves between articulations of personal experiences of woman and motherhood, and narratives from black South African history. Magadlela engages in a conversation on the colonization of black bodies and women; her art uses materials capitalist in nature at a time when commodification is ever more prescient. In 2017, Magadlela presented a solo exhibit at The Armory Show, NY. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions both locally and internationally, including Blue Black, curated by Glenn Ligon at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation; Simple Passion, Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection at the Gantt Centre; The Past is Present at Jack Shainman Gallery; and Blackness in Abstraction at Pace Gallery. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious FNB Art Prize. She studied at the University of Johannesburg and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In 2018, Magadlela was featured in a list of the top “10 African artists to invest in now” by the TimesLive, and shortlisted for the Jean-François Prat Prize.

ARTTALK DIALOGUES WITH ARTISTS
ART TALK: DIALOGUES WITH ARTISTS
A Series by Calabar Gallery, New York

MULENGA J MULENGA

A Talk With Curator Atim Annette Oton @AtimAnnetteOton 

DATE: March 1, 2021 

TIME:  1:00PM EST, 6:00PM UTC, 6:00PM GMT, 8:00PM CAT  


WHERE: FACEBOOK LIVE AT CALABAR GALLERY: facebook.com/calabargallery
AND CALABAR GALLERY FB GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/calabargallery


This is one of the weekly conversations with 8 artists who will be presenting at CaFa Art Fair. Artists will talk about their work, processes and projects from their home based and studio locations in New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C, London, Kinshasa and Lusaka. 
WHAT'S NEW:  CaFA ART FAIR in BARBADOS in March 2021
Join us virtually in Barbados in March 2021.

CALABAR GALLERY will be at CAFA ART FAIR 2021.
CAFA Art Fair will be hosted virtually from March 10– March 24, 2021 with invited galleries and artists.
We begin 2021 in preparation for CAFA Art Fair in Barbados from March 10– March 24, 2021 by launching our new series:

ART TALK: DIALOGUES WITH ARTISTS
A Series by Calabar Gallery, New York

We will be featuring artists this January until March, 2021:

Danielle Scott
Mario Joyce Belyusar
Musah Swallah
Sonia E. Barrett
Elan Cardiz
Alexandre Kyungu
Donchellee Fulwood
Mulenga J. Mulenga

The series will feature curator Atim Annette Oton @AtimAnnetteOton in weekly conversations with these 8 artists who will be presenting at CaFa Art Fair.

Artists will be talking about their work, processes and projects from their home based and studio locations in New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C, London, Kinshasa and Lusaka.
OUR FACEBOOK LIVE ART TALK SERIES -
JOIN US EVERY MONTH ON FACEBOOK LIVE
ART TALK: DIALOGUES
ART COLLECTING STRATEGIES
A Series by Calabar Gallery, New York 

CHARLES MOORE 

A Talk With Curator Atim Annette Oton @AtimAnnetteOton 


DATE: MARCH 15, 2021 

TIME: 4pm EST, 9pm GMT, 
9PM UTC, 11pm CAT 

WHERE: FACEBOOK LIVE 
AT CALABAR GALLERY 
AND FB GROUP Calabar Gallery 

Charles Moore is an art historian, art collector, author, and doctorate student in art education and museum studies at Columbia University. Moore holds an MBA from St John's University and a Master's in museum studies from Harvard University. As a participant in the Artis Curatorial Residency Program, his research brings contemporary visual artists from Israel into dialogue with his research topics. He has written on the economics of art and contemporary artists for publications as diverse as Artnet, Artsy Editorial, Arte Fuse, Cultured Magazine and Fine Arts Connoisseur Magazine
HUGE NEWS: 

MONDAY, MARCH 22
JOIN US AT 4:00PM EST 

ART TALK: DIALOGUES
ART COLLECTING STRATEGIES
A Series by Calabar Gallery, New York 

ROGER C. TUCKER III 
HALIMA TAHA
DEREK WARE 

With Curator Atim Annette Oton @AtimAnnetteOton 


DATE: MARCH 22, 2021 

TIME: 4pm EST, 9pm GMT, 
9PM UTC, 11pm CAT 

WHERE: FACEBOOK LIVE 
AT CALABAR GALLERY 
AND FB GROUP Calabar Gallery 

Collector Roger C. Tucker III is the Director of Tucker Contemporary Art which is focused on collectors and institutions interested in acquiring, exhibiting and promoting emerging contemporary artists, an eclectic mix of artists that challenge class, culture, gender and racial boundaries and define the global contemporary art world today. Roger is a recognized art industry influencer, using social media and live events to advocate for a more inclusive art community that embraces the unique voices of diverse artists. 

Halima Taha is best known for her groundbreaking book Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas (1998, 2005), the first book to validate collecting African American fine art and photography as an asset and commodity in the marketplace. Ms. Taha’s forthcoming publication, Collecting Contemporary African and Black American Art in the 21st Century is an expanded and lavishly illustrated how to and reference guide with specific criteria for becoming an informed collector at every level. 

Collector Derek Ware is a Professor of Economics at a local college in Newark, NJ.  His introduction to collection of art began early in his adult years during his attending Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. During that experience he joined Crossroad, which is the African version of the peace corps, and in this experienced travel to several countries in African assisting in building schools, hospitals and water treatments plants. Collection began with taking souvenirs back home, and studying it meanings and purposes. 
I am now open to doing speaking engagements, so please send us your inquiries to info@calabargallery.com 

Atim Annette Oton, Curator, Art Fundraiser, Strategist, and Entrepreneur, Director, Calabar Gallery and Art Consulting Director, The Creative Side and Nigerian-born, American and British educated designer turned Curator. 
  • Atim Annette Oton is an art curator, gallerist, art and design fundraiser, visionary thinker, strategist, and entrepreneur whose expertise is in art and design education, exhibition curation and design, and retail with over 25 years of experience. She has raised over $3 million dollars for art and design institutions as well as several International nonprofits. She has raising funds for Bronx River Arts Center, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center and Amref Health Africa through art initiatives like auctions.
Please feel free to recommend me- we are available to speak virtually about Art and Galleries in the midst of Covid-19 - at info@calabargallery.com 
Black Artists in their Own Realm: Ideas, Materials and Techniques is an exhibition focused on exploring what ways Black Artists globally are working ideas from concept to processing, using materials and techniques to evolve artwork.

The exhibition will showcase a group of African, Caribbean and African American Artists whose work dig deep into ideas, materials and technique innovatively and philosophically curated by Atim Annette Oton of Calabar Gallery. It may be online based on the state of Covid-19.

Please send us your most captivating work that responds directly to the call and we are looking for work under $5000. Please send 3 to 5 images with title, year, medium, and size to info@calabargallery.com  with a short bio and a short description about each work as it relates to Ideas, Materials and Techniques.

Deadline: February 28, 2021
ARTWORK AVAILABE FROM OUR WEBSITE
Physiognomy by Elizabeth Chioma Ekpetorson
Physiognomy by Elizabeth Chioma Ekpetorson
$1,600.00
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A Dreamer of Fine Things, Johnson Uwadinma
A Dreamer of Fine Things, Johnson Uwadinma
$2,000.00
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Reflections II (Afro Series) by Abigail Nnaji
Reflections II (Afro Series) by Abigail Nnaji
$1,000.00
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Waka Waka 3, Rostand Pokam
Waka Waka 3, Rostand Pokam
$1,500.00
View
ONGOING: A SPECIAL INVITE TO OUR FACEBOOK GROUP:
 
CALABAR GALLERY as a teaching and information place for art.
We continue this year working hard on our very private Calabar Gallery Facebook Group:  
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