march, 2022

202231mar(mar 31)12:00 am14may(may 14)11:59 pmHarper's Chelsea | 03/31/22 - 05/14/22 | Maiden Voyage | Marcus Brutus | Chelsea


March 31 (Thursday) 12:00 am - May 14 (Saturday) 11:59 pm


Harper's Chelsea

534 W 22nd St New York NY 10011


Harper's Chelsea 534 W 22nd St New York NY 10011

Event Details

Art Exhbition
Harper’s Chelsea
534 W 22nd St New York NY 10011


Harper’s is pleased to announce Maiden Voyage Marcus Brutus’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. A selection of twenty-two acrylic paintings on canvas showcases the New York-based artist’s ruminations on everyday moments as seen through the eyes of artists abolitionists luminaries and working people. Maiden Voyage inaugurates the gallery’s flagship location 512 West 22nd Street which features over two thousand square feet of exhibition space. The presentation continues at 534 West 22nd Street with Return to the Source a curated selection of books that have become integral to the contextual framework of Brutus’s practice. The exhibition opens on Thursday March 31 6–8pm with a reception attended by the artist.

Taking its title from Herbie Hancock’s fifth studio album and a ship’s first journey at sea Maiden Voyage depicts both solitary and communal scenes with figures active and restful at play and in repose; as Brutus explains the paintings portray “everyday life creating universally relatable moments while celebrating Black life.” At the core of his work are the unsung heroes of African American history whose contributions to freedom culture and society have been systematically erased. The title painting features a sailboat carrying the name of Paul Cuffe referring to the sea captain and abolitionist born free in 1759 to a multiracial family in Massachusetts who became an influential figure in the nineteenth-century movement to resettle free Black Americans to Africa.