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A Retrospective: The impact of Black culture in contemporary art


Everick Brown, interior designer moderates a panel discussion


Niama Safia Sandy , Anthropologist, Curator, Strategist, Writer

Niama Safia Sandy is a New York-based curator, cultural anthropologist, and essayist.Sandy's work delves into the human story - through the application and critical lenses of healing, history, migration, music, ritual and site-specificity. She sees her role as that of an agitator - one who endeavors to simultaneously call into question and make sense of the seemingly arbitrary nature of modern life and to celebrate our shared humanity in the process, while developing critical and creative modalities grounded in histories of the global Black Diaspora to enable others to do the same. She is an alumna of Howard University, SOAS, University of London, and the No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab.   (School of Oriental and African Studies

Niama is a founding curator of the Southeast Queens Biennial which debuted in 2018. Her curatorial oeuvre includes multiple ongoing exhibition projects with internationally renowned art institutions. Niama has convened panels, led discussions, and presented papers at Prizm Art Fair, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Creative Time Summit, Harvard University, Oberlin College, and Rhode Island School of Design. Sandy’s writing has been featured in Artsy, MFON: Women Photographers of the Black Diaspora, NAD NOW, and more.

Reuban O.Charles ll , Collector

Reuben O. Charles, II is the founder and owner of Citadel Firm, a real estate development, and construction firm located in the District of Columbia.  Mr. Charles is a businessman who possesses more than twenty-five years of experience in the areas of private equity, corporate finance, and real estate investing and construction.  He provides strategic and financial leadership for Citadel while actively cultivating emerging operational leaders within the firm. He has spent his professional career managing high-risk investments and complicated urban development initiatives.Mr. Charles previously served on the Boards of Directors of the St Louis Art Museum (“SLAM”), a first-tier mainstream encyclopedic institution and the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis (“CAM”), a non-collecting museum that presents the art of our time by providing a dynamic array of changing exhibitions by emerging and established artists from around the world. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rebuild Foundation, art, education, and cultural development organization founded by artist and developer Theaster Gates.  Mr. Charles has a deep and abiding love for visual arts.  He and his wife, Kimberly, actively cultivate meaningful relationships with emerging or early career artists through various activities that include hosting salons and art-inspired social gatherings at their home and provide selective patronage to programs and projects that aid in the launching or expansion of artists’ careers.  Mr. Charles actively seeks collaborations with institutional curators to present artists talks, and educational programs around exhibits from artists of color – Recent sponsorships include talks by Lina Iris Viktor at the New Orleans Museum of Art and Titus Kaphar at the National Portrait Gallery of Art, in Washington DC.Reuben Charles is a DC based Collector Mr. Charles credits many institutional relationships with informing his world view as a collector, patron, and advocate for the arts.  He carefully scrutinizes works before the acquisition and takes his role in the chain of stewardship of art very seriously. He views education and public engagement and critique as vital to creating an enlightened artistic ecosystem.  Like many activist artists, Mr. Charles believes in the bold celebration of black creativity and the transformative properties of black art.Mr. Charles has a varied collection that includes contemporary works of all media, primarily from the artist of color from around the world.  His collection consists of works by Sam Gilliam, Lynette Yaikom Boayake, Kerry James Marshall, Leonardo Drew, Hugo McLeod, Kehinde Whiley, Toyin Odutola, Odilli Odita Donald, Leslie Smith, Vaughn Spann, Derek Fordjour, Multi-disciplinary artists like Kevin Beasley, Titus Kaphar, and Hank Willis Thomas.


A Retrospective: The impact of Black culture in contemporary art. 

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Everick Brown Design is a full service interior design firm based in New York, offering residential and commercial solutions with a specialty in resimercial interiors. Our style is, “Modern Classic with a Global perspective “. Current projects include; No Studios, Coveleigh Club, and US Open to name a few.