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

Art Gallery and Creative Hub based in the South Bronx
Opening at 6:00 PM on Saturday
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Updates

Bill & Robert Short Film Screen July 9-19

Jul 9, 2020 – Jul 19, 2020

Watch this short film produced by K&B Productions using the link below.

Description: Bill and Robert is a love story told in chronological order between two black men that blooms just five years after homosexuality was decriminalized in the United States. Bill and Robert are two young gay black ...

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Yoga & Movement Workshop

Jul 2, 2020 – Jul 2, 2020

Yoga & Movement Workshop

Led by: @brandonsmith.arts

About:
This class is designed for all bodies hoping to release tension from their daily routines, while inviting relaxation and tools to inspire fluid movements.

Virtual Zoom
Thursday, July 2
4-5PM
$10 suggested donation

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Open Mic Live Voting Competition

Jul 10, 2020 – Jul 10, 2020

Join us for our Open Mic Live Voting Competition, Performers of all backgrounds perform their creative set to compete for the $50 cash prize. Songs, Raps, Poetry, Dance, Performance Piece, all okay! Guests vote at the end on who should win the prize.

No fee to perform. Decide to perform on the d...

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Black Out Fest: Afrobeats, Open Bar, Karaoke, & Community

Jul 4, 2020 – Jul 5, 2020

Join us this 4th of July for an evening of Afrobeats, Karaoke, Open Bar, Dream Interpretation & Community vibes in our Black-Owned Cultural Art Center!
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After your cookout, hop on the 2/4/5 train to Mark West Center for the Arts, one of NYC's only black owned art gallery and cultural center loca...

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Open Mic Night Live Voting Competition

Jun 26, 2020 – Jun 26, 2020

About this Event
Join us for our Open Mic Live Voting Competition, Performers of all backgrounds perform their creative set to compete for the $50 cash prize. Songs, Raps, Poetry, Dance, Performance Piece, all okay! Guests vote at the end on who should win the prize.

No fee to perform. Decide to...

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Virtual Juneteenth Celebration

Jun 19, 2020 – Jun 19, 2020

Virtual Juneteenth Celebration!
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Speaker Presentations from:
Hosted by State Senator Alessandra Biaggi
Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez
Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou
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Join educators, artists, small business owners,
advocates, community members, and elected officials
for a conversation about the...

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Juneteenth Open Studios

Jun 19, 2020 – Jun 20, 2020

Join us for the House of Mark West Gallery Open Studios: Meet with Bronx artists and catch the process behind their current works.

This Juneteenth the Gallery is open to the public.

Friday, June 19, 6-10 PM

Saturday, June 20, 6-10 PM

(consider stopping by after Bronx Pride, we are locate in t...

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Free link to join our first Quarantine Zoom Art Show

Jun 12, 2020 – Jun 19, 2020

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starts at 7

suggested donation $10
cashapp $houseofmarkwest
venmo @houseofmarkwest


meeting id: 925 9860 0996

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Testimonials

2 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
4 months ago
No place like Hose Of Mark West!
- Aleksandre T
a month 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 South Bronx. 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, and one of only 5 galleries in the entire Bronx, 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.

Contact Us

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  • (212) 470-1834

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347 Rider Ave
STE 401
Bronx, NY 10451
United States

Business Hours

Mon:Closed
Tue:Closed
Wed:Closed
Thu:Closed
Fri:Closed
Sat:6:00 – 9:00 PM
Sun:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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