Summer 2023: Schomburg Center Programs & Exhibitions

By Lisa Herndon, Manager, Schomburg Communications and Publications
June 13, 2023
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

This summer, join us for our August programs as we celebrate Harlem Week plus explore our indoor, outdoor, and online exhibitions.

Updated on July 24, 2023

AUGUST PROGRAMS

Against a dark colored background a college featuring rap artists. The words 50 years of culture are gold-colored lettering. The words Hip Hop Film Festival 2023 is in white lettering below.

The Hip Hop Film Festival: 50 Years of Culture begins on Friday, August 11–Sunday, August 20. It's produced in collaboration with Harlem Film House. The Center is one of the locations films will be shown.

Friday, August 11–Sunday, August 20 | Schomburg Center and Other Locations

Hip-Hop Film Festival: 50 Years of Culture

Produced in collaboration with Harlem Film House.

Tuesday, August 15 | 6 PM | Schomburg Center 

Harlem's Finest | Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back (Talk back)

Watch Online

Wednesday, August 16 | 6 PM | Schomburg Center

Harlem's Finest | Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson

Watch Online

Sunday, August 20 | 12-4 PM | Schomburg Center

Schomburg Sunday on Harlem Day: On Our Block Sponsored by MoCaFi

Enjoy Harlem Day festivities on 135th Street! Discover Schomburg Center hospitality, exhibitions, and the Schomburg Shop, and learn about accessible financial services and wealth-building at On Our Block led by MoCaFi, Mobility Capital Finance, Inc., a Black-owned business serving all communities.

EXHIBITIONS

Can't make it to the Schomburg Center to view our exhibitions in person? We also have an online one that can be viewed at any time.

Runs Through Fall 2023

Banners hanging on fences outside of an outdoor handball court.

The oldest photographs in the Schomburg Center's collections are featured as part of banner exhibition in St. Nicholas Park in Harlem. It runs through fall 2023.

Photo: Lisa Herndon

Beloved: African-American Portraits from the Dawn of Photography | Featuring Images from the Center’s Photographs & Prints Division

Running through fall 2023 at St. Nicholas Park in Harlem, the free outdoor banner exhibition Beloved: African-American Portraits features the oldest photographs in the Center’s collections spanning 1840 through 1870. These powerful images showcase Black love, family, and community.

Dr. Dalila Scruggs, curator of the Schomburg Center’s Photographs and Prints Division, curated this exhibition.

The banners are on display outside of the park along 133rd Street plus outside and inside the park (near the basketball court) at 139th Street. Beloved is produced in partnership with Photoville. Learn more.

Runs Through December 4, 2023

San Quentin Arts in Corrections Art Studio, 2008. Acrylic on canvas. Ronnie Goodman, Courtesy of William James Association.

The exhibition, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, explores the impact of the US prison system on contemporary visual art. It runs through December 4, 2023.

San Quentin Arts in Corrections Art Studio, acrylic on canvas by Ronnie Goodman, 2008, courtesy of William James Association

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration | Curated by Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, Alumna of Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program

Covering three galleries across the Schomburg Center, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration explores the impact of the U.S. prison system on contemporary visual art. Works highlight 40 artists who are or have been incarcerated alongside artists who have not been incarcerated but whose practices interrogate the carceral state.

Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, a 2007–2008 Shomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence fellow, James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media at New York University, and 2021 MacArthur Fellow, curates.

There will be free guided tours on Monday, August 21 at 11 AM, 12:30 PM and 2 PM. Reservations are recommended. Learn more

Online | Ongoing

A close up image of Arturo Schomburg who is painted in watercolor.

Watercolors Amongst Friends is an online exhibition featuring commissioned watercolor renderings of historical figures.

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Watercolors Amongst Friends Curated by the Schomburg Center's Digital Curator Kimberly Henderson



For years, artist and illustrator Albert Alexander Smith penned letters from his longtime residence in Paris, France to Arturo Schomburg at The New York Public Library's 135th Street Library, Division of Negro Literature, History, and Prints—what we now call the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. During the 1930s, Mr. Smith and Mr. Schomburg regularly communicated about shared research endeavors, one of which resulted in this series of commissioned watercolor renderings of historical figures. Curated by the Schomburg Center's Digital Curator Kimberly Henderson, Watercolors Amongst Friends explores the research that led to the creation and acquisition of these portraits. Learn more

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Major support for Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration is provided by the Mellon Foundation and the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Additional funding is provided by NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture/NYPL.

Watercolors Amongst Friends was created with generous support from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation