'African American Culture in NYC's Public Art' Webinar

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While New York's public art is meant to encapsulate a sense of identity and embody its residents, the city has had a spotty history in terms of equal representation — especially when it comes to its African American community, which has been misrepresented in many 19th and early-20th century statues and monuments. Fortunately, the city has been working in modern times to usher in a new, long-overdue era of inclusivity and representation. This is the story of the past, present, and future of New York's public art surrounding its black culture, historic figures, and identity.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore New York's public art dedicated to its black history and representation, from heartfelt historic monuments to inspiring modern sculptures.

Led by Sylvia Laudien-Meo — art historian, museum educator, and NYC tour guide — this virtual art journey around New York will include:

  • Public art that recognizes important locations to New York's African community, including various cemeteries and the former neighborhood of Seneca Village
  • NYC statues and monuments that celebrate specific historic figures, including Civil Rights activists, artists, and athletes
  • Depression era murals in Harlem by Aaron Douglas and others
  • A selection of MTA subway stations celebrating African American communities and neighborhoods, including Chris Wyner’s station on 110th St
  • Outstanding works by contemporary African American artists like Martin Puryear, Wangechi Mutu, Simone Leigh, and Hank Willis Thomas
  • Future public art projects to watch out for, such as David Hammon’s Land’s End and the Shirley Chisholm monument

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Sylvia — any and all questions about these artworks and artists are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Sylvia

Sylvia Laudien-Meo is a freelance Art Historian who works in and around the city in various capacities, specializing on Modern and Contemporary art, with a strong focus on Public Art. She teaches art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been working as a museum educator at MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Jewish Museum for over many years, engaging visitors in conversation based, interactive art experiences of permanent collections and changing exhibitions.

For the Municipal Art Society, UFT, Brandeis Univ., and private clients, she has been touring the city for over 20 years, exploring art and architecture, parks, neighborhoods and history. Working in various different capacities gives her a unique opportunity to make intriguing connections and weave together the complex perspectives that make out the tapestry of our fascinating city.

SLM holds a Masters Degree in Art History (with minors in History and American Studies) from the Joh. Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, as well as a Tourism degree from the EST in Paris France.


"Wonderful artists and art that is both beautiful and loaded with meaning. Good commentary. Sylvia was brave to take on explaining fistulas." -Leigh

"Excellent ptesentation. Very informative! I can't wait to see many of the sculptures and murals." -Sandra


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