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Mark West Center for the Arts / House of Mark West Inc.

Black-Owned Art Gallery and Creative Hub based in Bushwick
Open today until 6:00 PM
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Autumn Jazz Fest w/ 3rd Realm Visions

Nov 6, 2020 – Nov 6, 2020

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Join us Fri. Nov 6 for an evening jazz concert with 3rd Realm Visions.

Come hear this enchanting, afro-contemporary jazz ensemble at Mark West Center for the Arts, one of NYC's only black-owned cultural institutions. All guests will undergo a thermometer screening and masks wil...

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Masquerade Ball at Mark West Center for the Arts

Oct 30, 2020 – Oct 30, 2020

Join us this Friday, Oct 30th for a spooky masquerade ball in Brooklyn: Live DJ, Open Bar, Art, and Edibles in our cultural art center.
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It will be spooky evening of revelry the night before Halloween. Party at the first Masquerade Ball at Mark West Center for the Arts

All guests will undergo a...

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The Moon Show Series w/ Jennifer Simone

Oct 31, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020

Join us this full moon on October 31st for The Moon Show Series with Jennifer Simone

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Come hear the enchanting, healing music of Jennifer Simone this Halloween at Mark West Center for the Arts, one of NYC's only black-owned cultural institutions. Come dressed in your best halloween fit and tak...

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MWCA Two-Day Grand Opening RSVP

Oct 9, 2020 – Oct 10, 2020

Mark West Center for the Arts (MWCA) and House of Mark West Inc. is pleased to announce the grand opening of our new black-owned cultural art center in Bushwick. Join us our grand opening exhibition of music, live performances, and art in our black-owned art gallery.

Please join us for our two-d...

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Grand Opening Opportunities

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Mental Health Rooftop Gala Tickets

Sep 11, 2020 – Sep 11, 2020

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Hosted by Mark West Center for the Arts (MWCA)

Sponsored by Cloud 9 Media

This exhibition will be at an indoor outdoor rooftop venue overlooking Manhattan & the Bronx. 100% of the proceeds will go toward raising funds for mental health programming at our black-owned art gallery...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2020
Mark West Center for the Arts (MWCA) and House of Mark West Inc. have relocated to 56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY, 11206 effective immediately.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.; August 24, 2020 MWCA, formally known as House of Mark West announces our new location in the Will...

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Bronx Summer Art Expo Live on Zoom

Aug 7, 2020 – Aug 7, 2020

Join us for an evening celebrating artists & creatives: ART * LIVE MUSIC * POETRY
About this Event
The Mark West Center for the Arts is hosting our Bronx Summer Art Expo Live on Zoom

Featuring:

International Jamaican Based Visual Artist Greg Owen

Spoken Word by Scarlyn

Lower East Side based J...

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OPEN CALL: Bronx Summer Zoom Art Show Sign Up

Aug 7, 2020 – Aug 7, 2020

Hosted by Mark West Center for the Arts, 347 Rider Ave, Bronx, NYC, Houseofmarkwest.com

This exhibition will be live on zoom.

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Date of Exhibition: Friday, Aug 7, 7-10PM
Deadline to submit: Sat, Aug 1, 11:59PM

Visual Artist, Poets, and Musicians ...

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Testimonials

2 months ago
Amazing gallery. Mark is the Kindest!!! This summer they used their platform to create a supplies and food drive for the community. They are true lovers of art and made sure Bronx artists had supplies to create during the months of quarantine. The work is amazing and nothing like it. True artist and true art.
- Odalys B
5 months ago
Mark the gallery owner has been able to create a space that is safe and welcoming for anyone in the creative scene. The space has been used to showcase films, celebrate community and showcase talent all over NYC. I highly recommend this place as it not only works as a gallery but as a center giving back to the bronx community.
- Rosa F
5 months ago
A great place to show your artwork among other talented Black and Brown artists in NYC! The sense of community at this gallery is unmatched, and the vibe is always right.
- Sofeia E

Mark West Center for the Arts

ABOUT US

The Mark West Center for the Arts (MWCA), also known as House of Mark West is a non-profit community organization, gallery and creative hub for artists in the Williamsburg-Bushwick Art Hub. We are black-owned and cater primarily to Black, Brown, LGBTQ, disabled, and young (k-12) artists and creatives. We are a gallery and artist collective that hosts monthly art exhibitions, free grant-writing workshops, open mic competitions, art classes, and town hall meetings. 

As one of the only black-owned and queer-owned galleries in NYC, our mission is providing exposure and advocacy for underrepresented artists from all backgrounds. 

To learn more about the owner, Mark Anthony West Jr, click HERE, the Chief Curator Brandon Smith, click HERE

House of Mark West Inc. works jointly with Mark West Center for the Arts and operates in the same facility.

THE MARK WEST SHOW

We also serve as a production studio for "The Mark West Show". On our tv show, we interview politicians, artists and creatives, and businesses helping to build up the community. Through the tv show, we provide marketing and advertising services for local businesses and organizations. We are currently in between production and post-production stages. The TV Show will air on Bronxnet TV this summer.

You can view some of The Mark West Show Promotional on our Youtube or Instagram. We are currently looking for sponsors and sketch comedy writers.

Produced by House of Mark West Inc. at the Mark West Center for the Arts.

To submit proposals for The Mark West Show email mark.west@nyu.edu

MEDIA & PRESS

Bronxnet TV: Mark West Center for the Arts Gives Back to the Community Amid COVID-19

ABC NEWS: Lack of representation prompts African American artist to open Bronx gallery

Bronxnet TV: House of Mark West Gallery Grand Opening

Bronxnet TV: House of Mark West Art Night

The LDM Show: Mark West discusses art and the House of Mark West Gallery

The Bronx Times: Artist Opens Gallery in the Borough

This Is The Bronx: Bronx Artist Opens Gallery for LGBT and People of Color

NY Talent Uncovered: Part 1 & Part 2 Featuring Mark West

Blk AGN: Mark West Reimagines Shiva & Eve as Black Goddesses

Blk AGN: Art Gallery Owner, Mark West, on his travels around the world

Join our email list to stay updated on upcoming events by clicking HERE 

Or call to schedule a viewing or to inquire about a painting or booking our space. 

MARK WEST ARTIST STATEMENT

Mark West's work takes a subversive approach to the reclamation of the Black Man. West uses negro caricatures (blackface) to depict Black people in incredibly artistic, humanist, empowering scenes throughout history. When West studied African art and culture in University-of-Ghana, he learned that the history of Blackface and minstrelsy (or people depicted as jet-black skin and red lips) predated it's usage by Whites in the 18th and 19th century. In fact, Blackface was directly inspired by African Art that extended back to Ancient Khemet. When West paints these images, as a black painter and narrator, he considers his work a reclamation of ancient African Art. He then uses his love of history to paint these Black people as powerful figures throughout time and across cultures. He uses subversion to craft an alternative to the traditional interpretation of Blackface to his version where "Black faces" are in empowering scenes. 

As a Black man and a historian with experience in the motherland, West has the duty to create entirely-new narratives of Black People. To West, "when a Black child sees paintings of Black Jesus or Black people in scenes from the Bible or in World-History, it cements us a place in time that is rarely shown. It forces the viewer to see Black-skin on the wall, taking up space unapologetically. Blacks have historically and continue to be forced to reduce oneself. And in light of the rampant police-brutality across our country, to be Black and take-up space is an act of protest. West implores the viewers both Black and non-Black to come in direct confrontation with the Blackness of his images, forcing one to see the beauty of his people and their portraiture; finding beauty in the Blackness.

To learn more about the owner, Mark Anthony West Jr, click HERE

You can also stay updated by adding us on instagram pages House of Mark West & The Mark West Show, our facebook, and our youtube channel.

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  • (212) 470-1834

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56 Bogart Street
Mark West Center for the Arts #115
NY 11206
United States

Business Hours

Mon:10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Tue:12:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wed:12:00 AM – 6:15 PM
Thu:10:00 AM – 6:15 PM
Fri:10:00 AM – 6:15 PM
Sat:6:00 – 9:00 PM
Sun:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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