Lincoln Center’s Geffen Hall Renovation Will Open With Massive Public Art by Nina Chanel Abney and Jacolby Statterwhite

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announced today its collaboration with the Studio Museum in Harlem and Public Art Fund, all in New York, to commission new site-specific artworks by Nina Chanel Abney and Jacolby Satterwhite. The pieces will inaugurate the opening of Lincoln Center’s new David Geffen Hall in October.

Lincoln Center is a roughly 16-acre complex that is home to internationally renowned performing arts organizations including the New York Philharmonic (at David Geffen Hall), the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and the Juilliard School of Music. Lincoln Center, as we know it today, was developed as part of an urban renewal project led by Robert Moses in the 1950s.

“The reimagination of David Geffen Hall ranks among the most highly visible and important cultural building projects in New York, and demands a visual art presence equal in spirit and power to the music of the New York Philharmonic itself,” said Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, in a release.

Nina Chanel Abney, who is known for her large colorful paintings that address topics of race, gender, and politics, plans to transform the building’s nearly 200-foot façade along 65th Street in her distinct bold style. Abney will draw on the cultural heritage of what was previously San Juan Hill, a neighborhood now occupied by Lincoln Center that was comprised of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Puerto Rican residences—and, namely, was one of the largest African-American communities in New York before World War I. The neighborhood was erased as part of an urban renewal project in the late 1940s (later developed in the 1950s) that displaced thousands of residents. In a nod to this history, Abney will create portraits of notable San Juan Hill residents, as well as scenes drawn from the community’s daily life.

Jacolby Statterwhite will create a new video for a 50-foot media wall in the building’s lobby. Known for his ethereal digital animations, Satterwhite plans to showcase the work of more than one hundred music and dance students from local schools such as the Ailey School, the Juilliard School, and Professional Performing Arts School. Filmed against a green screen, Satterwhite combines this new experimental footage with Lincoln Center’s archival videos.

“Nina Chanel Abney and Jacolby Satterwhite are both remarkable innovators, reinventing the visual languages of our time. They are visionaries of history, excavating erased or forgotten narratives in order to create new images and experiences,” artistic and executive director of Public Art Fund Nicholas Baume remarked in a release. “Acknowledging the past and embracing the future, their works promise to give all of us a richer, deeper sense of our culture, our city, and ourselves.”

The artworks by Abney and Satterwhite will be the first in a rotating series of public commissions at David Geffen Hall.

Share This Post:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

On Key

Related Posts

Vintage Photos of People Posing With Their Automobiles in the 1980s

The ’80s were an exhilarating time for music, fashion, and culture. Young people were moving to big cities in droves and embodying the catchphrase “dress for success.” Fashion of the 1980s placed heavy emphasis on cheap clothes and fashion accessories and very big poofy hair. Apparel tended to be very bright and vivid in appearance.

Photographer Captures Two Bees Sleeping in Flowers And It’s So Cute

Bees play an important role in our lives. They are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It’s estimated that one-third of the food we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees. It’s not easy being a bee, bees work hard and they need their beauty sleep as well. Recently, wildlife photographer

The Little Trashmaid: Artist Imagines Ariel in the 21st Century

The story of The Little Mermaid was written over 180 years, in 1836, when Danish author Hans Christian Andersen wrote it. However, the best-known version of the story is probably the Disney movie from 1989. Many artists imagined Ariel in their own way and one German artist did the same. Stephanie Hermes, also known as

The Epic Street Art Murals of Beau Stanton

A multidisciplinary artist, Beau Stanton works on paintings, murals, large-scale installations, stained glass, mosaics and multimedia animations. Emphasizing his work on technique and meticulous craftsmanship, Stanton draws on historical ornamentation, religious iconography and classical painting. A keen interest in iconic visual symbols and Jungian archetypes is often the basis of his images. Originally from California

Scroll to Top


Yes! Sign me up for AFYC's weekly newsletter featuring valuable info for artists, nonprofits, upcoming contests, and our new product offerings.

Count Me In!