5 Free Events: The Kamoinge Workshop at the Whitney, NYC transit in comics and more

5 Free Events: The Kamoinge Workshop at the Whitney, NYC transit in comics and more

Looking for something to do this week? Here’s a selection of streaming events to catch.

Art History From Home: Working Together

When: Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. Eastern
Where: Online via the Whitney Museum of American Art; link sent with registration

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition “Working Together” focuses in on the Kamoinge Workshop, a group of Black photographers who formed a collective in 1963 to hone their craft outside of the gatekeeping institutions in New York City. The work of the group’s originating artists will be discussed as part of the Whitney’s Art History From Home series, led this week by Ayanna Dozier.

Those in New York City can see the exhibition, which originated at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in-person through March 28. And if you can’t make it to the show, you can check out images from the 14 artists on the museum’s website, which also houses photographs of the installation.


Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics

When: Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Where: Online via the New York Transit Museum; Link sent with registration

How has the New York City transit system provided a backdrop for comics and cartoons over the years? This discussion, led by associate curator Jodi Shapiro, takes viewers through the recent exhibition “Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics” to explore the humans, monsters and superheroes that have traversed the city’s tracks.


Q&A with Gabe Stone Shayer

When: Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: Online via Pointe; Link sent with registration

American Ballet Theatre soloist Gabe Stone Shayer joins Amy Brandt, editor-in-chief at Pointe, for a discussion about the dancer’s choreographic and creative projects, which he has pursued with gusto during the pandemic. Shayer was featured as the cover story for the December/January digital issue of Pointe, in which he discussed his training in Russia versus the United States, the challenges he faced as a Black ballet dancer and his hopes of a more equal future for the art form.

“I’ll never be finished fighting and advocating,” he says in the piece. “I want to be the person who facilitates the idea of possibility in this historically exclusive world. And I want to present the possibility of success through my own story.”

Those who register through the link can submit questions for Shayer to answer during the live discussion.


“Bridgerton” Conversation

When: Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: The 92Y website

Do you love the new show “Bridgerton”? Did you want to take part in the 92Y’s virtual discussion of the series on Jan. 6 but didn’t make it? If the answers are “yes,” then we have a treat for you. On Friday, the 92Y is presenting an encore of their “Bridgerton” conversation, hosted by Meghan O’Keefe and featuring the show’s stars Phoebe Dynevor, Nicola Coughlan, Adjoa Andoh and Claudia Jessie.


“Black Magic”

When: Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art homepage

If you happened to be in Times Square between 11:57 p.m. to midnight in December, you might recall artist Rashaad Newsome’s expansive, multi-channel work, which stretched across 72 digital displays as part of the Times Square Art’s “Midnight Moment” series. Titled “Black Magic,” Newsome’s tripartite project continues with the release of a 30-minute-long film Jan. 22 on the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art website. The third entry into the work arrives Feb. 5 in the form of an artist talk with Eyebeam (details to come).

My work, as long as I have been making it, is an undeniable love letter to the Black Queer Community,” Newsome said in a statement.

Top Image: Ming Smith, "America seen through Stars and Stripes, New York City, New York." Photo: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, 2016.241. © Ming Smith.