November 7th, 2010 by Native New Yorker

By NativeNewYorker

This Tuesday, November 9th at 7 pm, the Dwyer Cultural Center presents the first of three events in their “Black Arts Movement Summit” series.  Tuesday’s event focuses on theater and features a dialogue with poet-playwright-activist Amiri Baraka, a legendary figure in the Movement, and a dynamic performance by next-generation playwright and Obie Award-winning actor Daniel Beaty.   Tickets start at $7 – call (212) 222-3060 to check availability.  The series continues on Tuesday, November 30th with a progam on Visual Arts.  Check the Dwyer website for details:

The Dwyer Cultural Center is located at  258 St. Nicholas Avenue; the entrance is on 123rd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.  The Dwyer is a  partnership between the International Communications Association and  Community Works and is Co-Directed by Voza Rivers and Barbara Horowitz.

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May 12th, 2010 by

by HarlemOnaBudget

Weusi poster, on sale at the Dwyer Cultural Center

“Weusi Revisited: 2010 showcases  the historically seminal work of the Weusi Collective. Founded in 1965, the Harlem-based Weusi (”way-oo-see,” which means Blackness in Swahili) are considered progenitors of the Black Arts Movement and were among the first artists to make African imagery a central part of their work.” – Dwyer Cultural Center Website (

If you haven’t seen it yet and you have a free afternoon this summer, go visit this amazing exhibit. I have been several times and find it to be both beautiful and powerful. Aside from the afrocentric colorful works, there is also an accompanying video featuring interviews with the individual artists who explain why and how they create their paintings. Also, it’s free! – just a suggested donation from those that can.

Weusi Painting

Gaylord Hassan in front of some of his works featured in the Weusi Reunion at the Dwyer Cultural Center. Photograph by Hubert Williams

"Unaligned" by Robert Daniels


“Weusi Revisited: 2010”
Exhibit ends September 3rd
Free ($5 suggested donation)
at the Dwyer Cultural Center
258 St. Nicholas Avenue (123rd Street)

For more information: 212-360-3255

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