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Body of Work

     “Body of Work” is the title of the new show at the Museum of Arts & Culture that challenges the way the viewer looks at the human form. The show features works by artists Ted Meyer and Mia Brownell, each of whom draw inspiration from the body: Meyer’s series of monoprints uses colorful transfer prints of human scars to explore humans’ “complex relationship with health and sickness,” while Brownell’s works reference both 17th century Dutch still life painting and the more modern configurations of molecular imaging.  “Body of Work” will be open to the public from October 14th to November 19th, Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 3 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. For directions and more information visit the Museum of Arts & Culture on the web at, or call (914) 576-6518.

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Harlem? Harlem! Dance Theatre of Harlem 1969-2010

poster     This fall Harlem comes to New Rochelle as the Museum of Arts & Culture presents an original exhibit, "Harlem? Harlem! Dance Theatre of Harlem 1969-2010" through October 2nd.

     Curated by former DTH lead dancer Judy Tyrus, the exhibit uses archival photographs and posters, costumes and video clips to trace the history of this groundbreaking dance company, its renowned productions, and a cast of legendary dancers, fans and supporters.

     The exhibit is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 3 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. On closing day, Saturday, October 2nd the exhibit will be open from 12 noon to 4 pm as part of Arts Fest, the city-wide arts festival organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. (Go to for a complete schedule.) The exhibit will close with a free performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble on Saturday, October 2nd at 4 pm in the Whitney Young Auditorium at NRHS (Clove Road entrance). 

     Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children — especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born — the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. Now in its fourth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts.

     Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world. In a time when black dancers were all but invisible in mainstream ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem brought ballet to the neighborhood and black dancers to the main stage. Over the last 40 years the company has continued to cross social and geographic barriers by introducing the ballet world to a Creole Giselle, inviting audiences to a Caribbean wedding in Dougla, bringing black dancers to the international stage through programs such as Dancing Through Barriers® and bringing ballet to Harlem with education and community outreach.

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Inspired by Shakespeare

An exhibit of works by 34 artists, all inspired by William Shakespeare. Open to the public through May 24th. Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 3 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. Pictured here, "Ophelia" by Irene Pastarnack.


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Norman Rockwell

students     An exhibit of works by artist Norman Rockwell, on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, was the star attraction at the Grand Opening of the Museum of Arts and Culture. Complementing Norman Rockwell in the 1940s: A View of the American Homefront was an original exhibit titled Norman Rockwell’s New Rochelle Years that documents the years (1915 to 1939) the artist spent living in the Queen City on the Sound.

    During those years Rockwell established himself as one of the nation’s best-loved artists by painting what he saw around him. Reflecting later on his career Rockwell wrote “Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.” According to Acting City Historian Barbara Davis, “New Rochelle was Rockwell’s America: He was painting quintessential scenes and he was using New Rochelle to do so.” She notes that his models were usually neighbors – local school kids and teenagers – many of whom continued to live in New Rochelle long after Rockwell moved to Vermont.

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SEPTA Bridges

From June 4th to 11th New Rochelle’s SEPTA (Special Education Parent Teacher Association) was featured at the Museum of Arts & Culture : “Bridges” featured works created by students from around the district to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SEPTA. Art teachers at each school worked with students to create sculptures around the theme “Building Bridges” that were originally displayed at the annual We Are One Awards Dinner on April 23rd.

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Soles of the Movement

flagSoles of the Movement, a provocative multi-media exhibit, uses historical music, photographs, film footage and memorabilia – particularly shoes – to tell the story of the civil rights movement in America. Created by artist Chris Burns, Soles of the Movement was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The installation uses shoes to symbolize “the relentless and undying spirit of the African American community as it marched in a quest for social justice,” said Burns. “Collectively our shoes symbolize these themes and bear witness that the movement continues,” explained Burns, and his work pays tribute to “those African-Americans who ran and were not weary, and walked but did not become faint.”

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Spring Student Shows

In May the MAC hosted four shows created as WISE (Westchester Individualized Senior Experience) projects. The WISE program allows students in their senior year to submit a proposal for an independent study project, then work with a mentor to complete it. Students must keep a log of their activities and submit a final report to receive credit. From May 14th to May 18th the larger gallery featured the sculpture of Rose Marie Fraioli, while the smaller gallery featured paintings and drawings by Daria Lombroso. From May 21st to June 1st the larger gallery featured the work of Victoria Rollett and Natasha Quamily, while the smaller gallery was used to exhibit photography by students of Moira McCaul.

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“Visions” included three components: Ceramic heads created by the Advanced Ceramic class under the guidance of instructor Grace Fraioli, Self Portraits in Oils created by the Drawing and Painting 2/3 students under the guidance of instructor Alexi Brock, and Wall Constructions inspired by the work of American Assemblage artist Joseph Cornell created by the Sculpture 2/3 and AP students under the guidance of instructor Joanna Schomber.

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New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence  ·  265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801  ·  Phone (914) 576-4657