Schomburg Center Events: Exhibitions, Red Carpets, and More

About the Schomburg Center

The Schomburg Center complex, a 75,000 square foot, three-building facility, is located at Harlem's historic crossroads—135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard (formerly Lenox Avenue). For 95 years, the Schomburg Center has collected, preserved, and provided free access to materials documenting the global black experience. In addition to state-of-the-art study and storage facilities for the five research collection divisions, the Schomburg Center offers four magnificent spaces—including a 321-seat professional theatre—for intimate gatherings, as well as lavish extravaganzas.

The Center has hosted red carpet events and has been used  as a site for a filming location.


Acclaimed film and television director Neema Barnette and her production team transformed the Langston Hughes Lobby into an art gallery for a scene in the program Harlem on Amazon Prime. The show stars Megan Good, Grace Byers, Shoniqua Shandai, and Jerrie Johnson.

On the left is the lobby of Langton Hughes Auditoriom. The cosmogram is in the middle. The are wall constructed in teal blue and yellow with artwork hanging on the walls. Along the sides are pedestals with a sculpture. Close up of sculpture on the right.
Photos: Lisa Herndon

Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners

Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners, a documentary by Shola Lynch, the Curator of Schomburg Center's Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division, celebrates the life and work of activist Angela Davis. Supported by artists like Jay-Z and Jada Pinkett Smith, the premiere brought members of the music and film communities together at the Center in Harlem. Pepsi Pulse was on the red carpet to speak with producer Jada Pinkett Smith, Common, and Angela Davis herself.                                 



Motown: The Truth Is a Hit

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture had its first exhibition of 2014! Featuring items that highlight Motown's inmitable founder Berry Gordy and the institution's most beloved musical acts, the multi-media showcase chronicled one of the most significant record labels in American music history.


Bronner Brothers Show

Bronner Bros International Hair Show is an International event dedicated to the hair care industry. It brings the world's most fascinating spread of hair rejuvenating oils and creams, dandruff control oils and shampoos, hair texture change and management products, and hair accessories


Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Academy

Students in grades 1-5  performed Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Schomburg.

Harlem On My Plate

The Schomburg Center celebrated the premiere of the documentary "Harlem On My Plate," which featured many materials from the research collections. It was a fabulous affair that included catering, a red carpet, and sophisticated decor.

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