5 Free Events in NYC: Black Power Naps, Matisse and Manet at Columbia and More

5 Free Events in NYC: Black Power Naps, Matisse and Manet at Columbia and More

Another week, another roundup! Here are our favorite free events happening this week in New York City.

Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today
The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, Manhattan
Through Feb. 10; hours vary
With an emphasis on the work of Edouard Manet and Henri Matisse, this exhibition focuses on the role of the black model in the development of modern art. Curators have collected a bounty of media — including archival photographs, video and written correspondence — that they hope will enable visitors to draw connections between the aesthetics used by artists to express political, social and racial issues. Following its showing at Columbia, the exhibition will head to Paris for an extended run at Musée d’Orsay.

Black Power Naps
Performance Space New York, Manhattan 
Jan. 9-31; 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In response to studies that show people of color get less sleep than their white counterparts, artists niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa have created an installation that invites people of color to rest and interact with soft and comfortable surfaces. Called “Black Power Naps,” the interactive exhibition was in part sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin 
David Zwirner Gallery, Manhattan
Jan. 10-Feb. 16; hours vary
Curated by cultural critic Hilton Als, this exhibition focuses on the life of writer James Baldwin and includes work from Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Richard Avedon, Karl Bissinger, Beauford Delaney, Marlene Dumas, Glenn Ligon, Cameron Rowland, Kara Walker and other artists. The show will be the first public exhibition to feature a number of letters and manuscripts by Baldwin.

Year of the Pig Community Art Project
Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
Jan. 12; 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year by adding your own creative flair to several collaborative community art projects happening at the Queens Botanical Garden. The finished works will be displayed at the garden throughout the month of February. This event is family friendly.

Bryant Park Winter Poetry With Birds, LLC
Kinokuniya Bookstore, Manhattan
Jan. 15; 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Moving indoors for the winter, regular sessions of Bryant Park’s poetry readings commence Jan. 15 within the comfy confines of Kinokuniya Bookstore. Established and emerging poets are invited to attend and share their work and discuss poetry with other attendees.

Top Image: Edouard Manet's "Olympia," Musee d'Orsay