“Red Morgan,” “Mark Cohen” and “Collaboration: African Diaspora” are three new exhibitions at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Joint receptions will be held Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Red Morgan – Witness: Gospel by the Cane Fields” displays the work of Morgan, a recognized freelance photographer with 30 years of professional experience. He has worked with America’s best editorial magazines, corporations and advertising agencies shooting a wide range of stories and projects.
Morgan has shot editorial stories for Time, Life, Newsweek, People, Forbes, Esquire, Town & Country and Sports Illustrated. The exhibition will feature recent photographs that represent an intimate look into the religious practices by the New Zion Holiness Church’s bishops, pastors, gospel singers, gospel band and congregation, located on the outskirts of Pahokee. It will run from Sept. 13 to Oct. 26.
“Mark Cohen: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” will celebrate a recent series of large-scale portraits of prominent contemporary and historical figures.
Cohen’s painting style is a unique combination of abstract drips and dips. It’s on display from Sept. 13 to Oct. 19.
“Collaboration: African Diaspora” is an exhibit by the Armory Art Center in partnership with A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. It is hosting a Harlem Renaissance-style art exhibition showcasing 25 visual and nine literary artists of the African Diaspora.
The African Diaspora concept is based on the historical background of the artists, not necessarily the subject matter of the work.
The artists are: Addonis Parker, Al Burts, Anthony Burks Sr., Barbara Cheives, Carl Craig, David German, Donald McKnight, Franklin Sinanan, Herschel Yelder, Howard T. Cash, James Rush, JaFleu, Kianga Jinaki, Lee Glaze, Lupe Lawrence, Michael Hall, Mikhaile Solomon, Nzingah Oniwosan, Robert McKnight, Rodney Jackson, Shawn Henderson, Simone De Bernard, T. Elliot Mansa, Tonya Akins and Trina Slade-Burks (a.k.a. Diz-E Image).
The Mighty 9 writers are: Angelina Stewart, Ansonia Hixon, Damaa Bell, Jasira Monique, L. Medford, Kimberly Nyesha Smith, Melissa McKnight, Trina Slade-Burks and Yulette Newman.
This exhibit will be available from Saturday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 9.
There are also several events lined up for the fall at the Armory Art Center.
An artist’s panel will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m. The discussion panel is made up of artists, art enthusiasts and those in the art business of African descent, who explain the importance of black art nationally and internationally.
A book signing of the Mighty 9 will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 12 to 3 p.m. Hosted by Trina and Anthony Burks and the Black Village Voice, the Mighty 9 is a collaboration of nine women of African descent sharing words of life, love and achievement to success.
The book is available for sale, and some of the artists will be available to recite their words and sign the book.
An evening of art, wine and cheese will be held Oct. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Participating artist Barbara Cheives of Converge & Associates Consulting will host a meet-the-artist happy hour on behalf of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., West Palm Beach chapter.
All of the events are free and open to the public.
The armory’s mission is to provide high-quality visual art school and art gallery services that stimulate personal self-discovery and generate knowledge and awareness of art as part of life.
For more information on the Armory Art Center or to sign up for classes, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776, ext. 33.
ABOVE: Frankenstein by Mark Cohen.