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The Magic HOUR

A city shut down. Artists on pause. Or were they? The Seaport’s new gallery walk, the Magic HOUR, was named for the “dusk” New York City found itself in during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 30 local artists. Five exhibitions. Five curators. The Magic HOUR—produced by Kamau Studios and presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation.

Grand Opening: Friday August 6th | 6–9pm
Gallery hours after opening: Friday–Sunday | 12pm–7pm
Thursday programs beginning August 19th: 7–9pm in select galleries

Kamau Ware | Founder, Creative Director, & Executive Producer
Anne-Laure Lemaitre | Co-Producer, Project Manager, and Head Curator

 

 

Exhibitions

 

Inside/Out

Curator: Bri Laboss
Location: 23–25 Fulton St

A city that never sleeps. Forced to rest.

Inside/Out explores the reckonings of being on the outside looking in—and on the inside looking out. The ways time inside impacted New Yorkers. And how we navigated the city amid a new isolated experience of being outside. Come and reflect on the year that was though the eyes of artists documenting the city when time seemingly stood still.

 

WE STILL AROUND: HERE

Curators: Danny Baez & Andrea Delph
Location: 23–25 Fulton St

Many New Yorkers left the city. These eight artists stayed. We Still Around: Here showcases work by artists who remained in what felt like a desolate city haunted by the sound of ambulance sirens during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The exhibition examines everyday life in NYC during this time, and the resilience of those who experienced it.

 

Big Apple Gifts and Souvenirs

Curator: Anne-Laure Lemaitre
Location: 193 Front St

Artist: Azikiwe Mohammed

Souvenirs. Portals to stories we tell and retell. Memories transformed into physical objects via a monetary exchange. Big Apple Gifts and Souvenirs aims to provide New Yorkers with a different kind of souvenir—the kind you won’t find on Canal Street or in the shadow of a double-decker tour bus. The kind that reflect a different New York.

 

The Sanctuary

Curator: Anne-Laure Lemaitre
Location: 203 Front St

Artist: Aaron Taylor Kuffner a.k.a. Gamelatron

Thirty-seven specially tuned bronze instruments. Gongs. Metallophones. Mallets. Digital compositions written on site by Aaron Taylor Kuffner. The Sanctuary transforms a vacant retail space into exactly that—a sanctuary and respite for those who come to experience the artist’s auditory offering. Find balance. Relax. And move forward creatively and empathetically.

 

LIGHT work

Curator: Kamau Akabueze
Location: 192 Front St

Artist: Alexandre Keto

Growth happens in phases. Much of it beneath the surface. LIGHT Work is a plant-based experience featuring the work of Brazilian artist Alexandre Keto. The light-filled gallery will host a series of events featuring artists, panelists and healers that explore the power of Plant as medicine, inspiration, meditation and beyond. LIGHT Work is the curatorial debut of creative brand strategist Kamau Akabueze.

 

Special Events

Thursday programs follow the theme of the exhibitions, and include fireside chats, sonic-based experiences, plant-based workshops, and walking tours. The Magic HOUR founder Kamau Ware, known for his commissioned walking tours throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, will lead four Gallery Walks titled the Magic HOUR in September.

For more on special events throughout the Magic HOUR’s run, visit gallerywalk.nyc and follow @seaportdistrict.nyc and @blackgotham on Instagram.