All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Generous support for the Portrayals exhibition and events is provided by Art Bridges.



not but nothing other

African-American Portrayals, 1930s to Today 


Exhibition opening 

Remarks followed by poetry reading by Brenda Cave-James

Binghamton University Art Museum

Thursday, September 5, 5-7 p.m., program at 5:30 p.m.


Unveiling of sculpture “Falling Man” by Ed Wilson

Peace Quad near the Fine Arts Building

Saturday, September 21, 2-2:30 p.m.

Wilson, the founding faculty member of the studio art program at Harpur College, donated the sculpture to SUNY Binghamton in 1978. The work had been installed elsewhere on campus, but was damaged and removed. After spending some years in the sculpture studio, it was repaired and restored. The current exhibition features other works of art by Wilson: two sculptures Cybele, 1954 and Minority Man #1, 1958—as well as a preparatory drawing, Study for Minority Man #1, 1957.


Conversation with Ruben Santiago-Hudson ’78

Watters Theater

Wednesday, September 25, 6 p.m., reception following

For free tickets, call the Anderson Center at 607-777-2787

Co-sponsored by the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Also supported by the Latin American Student Union.

A conversation about African-American portrayals in the arts and popular culture with celebrated actor, writer, director and Binghamton University alumnus, Ruben Santiago-Hudson ’78, led by local resident, Sharon Ball. Ball retired as director of the Broome County Arts Council in Binghamton and worked as an award-winning senior editor with NPR News in Washington, D.C. Opportunity for questions from the floor will be provided.

Limited free parking will be available for the event in Lot D (west of the parking garage). Once that lot is full, parking is available in the garage and at metered spaces in Lot AD Circle for $1/hour. Additional free parking is available in Lot E (near the East Gym). Handicap metered parking is available in Lot AD (near the Fine Arts Building). Volunteers from the Latin American Student Union will be on site to help direct visitors to the Watters Theater. A campus map is available here: https://www.binghamton.edu/maps/


 Lecture and Community Sing with Ysaye Maria Barnwell

“Singing Who We Are”

Watters Theater

Saturday, September 28, 2 p.m., reception following

For free tickets, call the Anderson Center at 607-777-2787

Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, a master teacher, composer, actress, producer, author and former member of the all-female, African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock®, will present a short lecture on African-American song forms and lead the audience in a community sing.


A Reading and Talk by Fred Moten

Ofili’s Othello: An Engagement with Shakespeare’s Play by Way of Visual Artist Chris Ofili

Binghamton University Art Museum

Thursday, October 10, 12 p.m.

Sponsored by the Material and Visual Worlds Transdiscipinary Area of Excellence

FRED MOTEN (b. 1962) is one of the foremost scholars of Black studies, a highly innovative voice in critical theory, and a renowned poet and music critic. His books include In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (2003) and, most recently, consent not to be a single being (2017-18), a three-volume collection of essays. He is Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.


Dance Day at the Museum

Binghamton Boys and Girls Club Dance Team

Binghamton University Art Museum

Thursday, October 10, 4:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Student Association

The Dance Team of the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton was formed last year under the leadership of Lonnie Brown. A 2017 graduate of Binghamton HS, Lonnie has been a club member since elementary school, when he was first inspired to start dancing and performing. The unique style of hip hop dance that he developed has won him multiple talent competitions, performance opportunities, and, now, the chance to teach dance skills and life lessons to the 'tween to teen members of the Boys & Girls Club Dance Team.


University Family Weekend

Binghamton University Gospel Choir

Binghamton University Art Museum

Saturday, October 12, 2:30 p.m.


Film screening

To Sleep with Anger (Charles Burnett, 1990)

Binghamton University Art Museum

Friday, November 1, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Harpur Cinema

Harry (Danny Glover), an enigmatic southern drifter arrives at the home of his old friends in South Central Los Angeles. His insidious ways, sinister energy, and his constant evocation of a long gone past soon reveal a family crisis as tensions erupt. This masterwork of American cinema by film pioneer Charles Burnett is “a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of African American mysticism and folklore” (Criterion).


Artist talk with Willie Cole

Binghamton University Art Museum

Thursday, November 7, *NEW TIME* 6p.m.

WILLIE COLE (b. 1955) is widely recognized for his sculptures, prints, and drawings that transform everyday objects into powerful icons reminiscent of African artwork and African-American labor. His work is held in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, MoMA, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, among many other institutions. He is exhibited by Alexander and Bonin in New York.

Co-sponsored by VizCult: The Art History Speaker Series


Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra Concert

“Simone, Ellington and Parks”

Forum Theater, Binghamton, NY

Saturday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, call the BPO office at 607-723-3931


Exhibition closing

A performance of original musical compositions, written by students of Professor Dan Davis, inspired by works on view

Saturday, December 7, 2 p.m. 


Last Updated: 10/24/19