A new art exhibit, The Living Room Kitchen, kicks off Black History Month at the Andrew Freedman Home. It features the works of 11 artists of color. The exhibit is part of a packed lineup of art, music and book events throughout the month of February at the historic building turned artist hub.
The Living Room Kitchen, “centers around the spaces of gathering in a home,” according to the exhibition description. The exhibition focuses on how these spaces relate to the artists’ childhoods, families and emotions. It was curated by Kiara Cristina Ventura, a Bronx native and journalist. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It runs until Saturday, April 4.
The Andrew Freedman Home will also host two days of jazz this month, with their artist-in-residence, percussionist Warren Smith. Smith has had a notable career collaborating with artists such as Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. He was a founding member of Max Roach’s ensemble, M’Boom. Smith will lead his Composer’s Workshop Ensemble on Friday, Feb. 28 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at https://andrewfreedmanhome.org/future-events/
Warren Smith’s Jazz Trio will perform on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Accompanying Smith, will be Rod Williams on piano and Larry Roland on bass. This concert is free and open to the public.
The Andrew Freedman Home will also host their The Bronx is Reading: Books and Brunch series at the end of the month on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. The event will feature Haitian author Ibi Zoboi, whose novel American Street was a finalist for the National Book Award. Zoboi is the editor of the book, Black Enough, which will be the focus of the event. Black Enough features 17 black authors and is, “an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.” Tickets for the event cost $50 and include a copy of Black Enough, along with food and drinks.
The Andrew Freedman Home is located at 1125 Grand Concourse.