Virtual Community Day

Saturday, June 5, 2021
11:00am – 2:00 pm

Location
Online

This event will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Families and participants of all ages are invited to join us for an array of free virtual activities in celebration of our new exhibition, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem. Hosted by local artist Moses Sun, together we will explore the exhibition through artwork discussions, art-making, musical performances, and more, all from the comfort of your own home.

Art Kits

A limited number of free art kits will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for pick-up at the Frye prior to the virtual festivities. If you’re interested in an art kit, please sign up by May 31.

Art Kit Pick-Up

Address: 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Thursday, June 2, 9 am–4 pm
Friday, June 3, 9 am–4 pm

Curbside pick-up will take place on Columbia Street between Boren Ave and Terry Ave. Look for a tent and table set up near the Frye's Columbia St doors. If driving, two three-minute passenger-load-only parking spots are available on Columbia St. An email reminder will be sent out the first week of June with additional details.

Community Day Schedule

11:00 am - Welcome

With Community Day host Moses Sun and Frye Art Museum Director/CEO Joseph Rosa

11:15 am - About The Studio Museum in Harlem

Learn more about the exhibition with Connie H. Choi, Associate Curator of the Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem and curator of the Frye’s latest exhibition, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem.

11:45 am - Cook with Chef Kristi Brown

Follow along as chef Kristi Brown from COMMUNION Restaurant & Bar and That Brown Girl Cooks! shows us how to make a family-friendly recipe inspired by the exhibition!

12:20 pm - Original Music featuring Ahamefule J. Oluo

Enjoy original music composed in response to the painting Silence is Golden by Kerry James Marshall.

12:40 pm - Let’s Look

Participants of all ages are invited to join a Frye Educator to explore an artwork together and uncover clues through close looking!

1:05 pm - Special Performance by The Black Tones

Treat yourself to an encore musical performance by The Black Tones as part of Gary Simmons: The Engine Room residencies co-organized by the Henry and LANGSTON.

Continue the family-friendly fun on June 6 with the Henry’s ArtVenture workshop.

1:35 pm - Let's Make a Kite!

Make your own kite, inspired by the painting Kevin the Kiteman by Jordan Casteel.

1:55 pm - Closing Remarks

About the presenters

Seattle based artist, Moses Sun, creates analog, digital, and mixed media art. Sun draws much of his inspiration from his southern upbringing along with Black, African, Asian, and Latinx diasporas. He blends these influences into abstract meditative constellations of movement expressed on paper, wood, and large scale murals. Sun describes his art this way, “My work expresses blackness across multiple media platforms, laying bare my personal history, and humanity. I make drawings on paper and iPad, digital and analogue photographs, sculpture, and installations, then sample them and in the hip-hop ethos of 'grinding' output them as murals, relief sculptures, digital prints, video animations, games, and social media apps. I work intuitively, letting go of pretense so that the story reveals to the viewer an entry point, a beginning but never an end.” Sun’s work has been shown in both solo and group shows in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Connie H. Choi is the Associate Curator, Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she has worked on the exhibitions Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, Fictions, Regarding the Figure, and Their Own Harlems. Prior to joining the Studio Museum, Choi was the assistant curator of American art at the Brooklyn Museum. She has a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University and an Ed.M. in arts education from Harvard University.


Chef Kristi Brown officially spooned her way into the culinary world almost 31 years ago at a small café in downtown Seattle, Washington. Chef Kristi graduated from the Seattle Culinary Academy in 1993. Following three years of professional cooking, she founded That Brown Girl Catering in her apartment which she utilized as a kitchen in the Central District of Seattle. From the beginning of her career, Chef Kristi has committed herself to preparing whole foods with love, knowing that outside of sex, nothing brings people together like food! She believes that healing happens through food and indeed, what she creates is food magic. Chef Kristi is not only the Founder, Executive Chef, and Co-owner of That Brown Girl Cooks!, she also launched a Community Kitchen named after her mantra, 'Everybody Gotta Eat'. Her inaugural food product, the Black-Eyed Pea Hummus, has gained fame over the years and has a new home at COMMUNION Restaurant & Bar - her newly opened restaurant venture. COMMUNION R&B lives in the Liberty Bank Building, an apartment community whose namesake pays homage to the first Black-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest.

Ahamefule J. Oluo is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer, and stand-up comedian. He is a founding member and trumpet player in the award-winning jazz-punk quartet Industrial Revelation, was a semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity comedy competition, and co-produced comedian (and writing partner) Hari Kondabolu’s albums Waiting for 2042 and Mainstream American Comic, for Kill Rock Stars. Oluo has appeared on This American Life and is a recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital Award. He has premiered two autobiographical musicals at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival: Now I’m Fine (2016), which New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley described as “a New Orleans funeral march orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg,” and Susan (2020), which Brantley called “virtuosic” and “crackerjack.” Now I’m Fine was adapted into the film Thin Skin, co-written, starring, and scored by Oluo. Thin Skin premiered in 2020 to glowing reviews and won Best Director at the Harlem Film Festival.

Seattle-based rock ‘n’ roll band The Black Tones welcome audiences into their musical family every time they take the stage. Whether sharing an evening with the group as it opens for Weezer or Mavis Staples, or rocking a late night gig (with mother and siblings in tow) at a prominent Emerald City venue, to know The Black Tones is to be a part of their extended sonic kin. Founded by twin siblings, Eva and Cedric Walker, the band has grown from humble beginnings in their grandmother’s basement to receiving accolades from outlets like KEXP, which named their debut LP, Cobain & Cornbread, the #17 album of 2019; The Seattle Times, which dubbed the group one of the 15 Most Influential Artists of the past decade; and NPR, which named the band one of Seattle’s 15 groups redefining the city. Learn more at theblacktones.com.

Community Day is presented in partnership with the Henry Art Gallery & LANGSTON and as a part of Murmurations, a Seattle-wide Arts Collaboration.

Support for Community Day is provided in part by Art Bridges, Vulcan, Inc., and The Partners Group. Additional support is provided by the Frye Foundation and Frye Members.

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem is organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem. This exhibition is curated by Connie H. Choi, Associate Curator of the Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem. The presentation at the Frye Art Museum is coordinated by Amanda Donnan, Chief Curator, with David Strand, Associate Curator.

Major support for Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem is provided by Art Bridges. Sponsorship for the national tour provided in part by PURE. Support for the accompanying publication provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Generous support for the installation at the Frye Art Museum is provided by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Hotel Sorrento, the Frye Foundation, and the Board of Trustees: Rhoda Altom, Mike Doherty, Gail Goralski, Jan Hendrickson, James Miles, Jennifer Potter, and Stuart Williams. News media sponsorship is provided by The Seattle Times. Broadcast media sponsorship is provided by KCTS 9.


REGISTRATION

Advance registration is requested.

Note that 1 RSVP is for 1 screen.

CONFIRMATION

Registration is confirmed by email.

CANCELLATION

The Frye Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any program. In case of cancellation, registrants will be notified by email.

Questions? tickets@fryemuseum.org