The West Harlem Art Fund returns to Governors Island in 2019 with a two-part exhibition, public programming and an educational tasting room for the season. Traces is a pan-Asian art show that opens our season in May featuring eight artists in partnership with Eli Klein Gallery, Aicon Contemporary Gallery, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery and Throckmorton Fine Arts. In late July, West Harlem Art Fund will present Crossing the Sands, a contemporary art show with individual artists representing the Caribbean, Africa and the MENA region. Public programming will spotlight dance, music and cuisines from South Asia and Africa.
Saturday, August 3:
The West Harlem Art Fund presents Kiran Rajagopolan to perform ILE AYE | ELĀVATI in dedication to Orisha Oko & Śrī on Governors Island at 2 pm on Saturday, August 3rd.
Ile aye in the Yoruba language and elāvati in Sanskrit refers to the concept of Earth as mother and vessel for the creation, sustenance, dissolution, and transformation of life. Bounded yet boundless, the element of earth and its cultivation through agriculture has birthed civilizations and fed humanity for millennia. In this solo piece, the deities Orisha Oko and Śrī are invoked and worshipped as manifestations of wealth, prosperity, and abundance through the farming and harvesting of yams and rice – the staple crops of West Africa and Asia.
This dance work will be performed near the foam installation created by Chinese artist Ying Zhu, whose work is part of the TRACES exhibition. This dance is also in response to the pastoral themes reflected in the other South and Central Asian works featured in the TRACES exhibition. In addition to the Balinese-Hindu goddess śrī, other pan-Asian deities to be featured include Tieguanyin (Chinese Buddhist deity associated with tea), Daikokuten (Japanese Buddhist deity associated with rice and agricultural wealth), and Enten (Sumerian deity known as the guardian of vegetation and farming).
|Saturday||12:00 pm — 5:00 pm|
|Sunday||12:00 pm — 5:00 pm|