Cinque Artists Talk Program: Yolène Legrand

Thursday, May 18, 2023 from  6:00 -7:00 pm – Virtual on Zoom/Youtube/Facebook

Free and open to the public.  Register for the link through Eventbrite:

Artist Talk

The Cinque Artists Series welcomes painter Yolène Legrand, for a conversation about her recent work. Free and open to the public.

Legrand is a recognized international artist. Although she originally pursued a business career (she has a Master’s degree in Finance and was an international banker for many years), her artistic interest has always remained strong. She eventually enrolled at the Art Students League of New York where she studied anatomy and figure drawing with the late Kay Hazelip and oil painting with noted colorists Peter Homitzky and Leatrice Rose. She also attended David Leffel portrait painting workshop and studied printmaking techniques at the League including etching, aquatint, linocut, monotype, etc.
Yolène will discuss her multimedia practice, including depictions of her cross-continental travels, hidden histories from her home, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and highlights from her recent exhibitions at Kenkeleba House and the Wilmer Jennings Gallery in New York.

Pictured: (left) Pier A, Battery Park, NYC 2009, Oil on canvas; (right) Toussaint Louverture, Etching & Aquatint

Yolène has taught art at the Brooklyn Museum and at other educational institutions. Various corporations, individuals, and other organizations collect her paintings, prints, and drawings, and her work is in the Brooklyn Museum collection and was recently added to the Smithsonian Graphic Arts collection at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

Legrand will talk with Shaka Myrick, the 2021-2023 Romare Bearden Graduate Fellow at the St. Louis Museum of Art.

Legrand will talk with Shaka Myrick the 2021-2023 Romare Bearden Graduate Fellow

at the St. Louis Museum of Art.

Shaka Myrick earned a bachelor’s degree in painting at the University of Missouri-  Columbia and spent the next decade working in museums across the Midwest. She received a master’s degree in art history from the University of Missouri–Kansas City in 2021 after curating “Real Black,” the first exhibition featuring all Black artists at the UMKC Gallery of Art. Since her appointment as the inaugural 2-year (2021-2023) Romare Bearden Graduate Fellow, she’s completed many projects focused on increasing the visibility of works by Black artists in the Print, Drawing, and Photographs department. She also has a vested interest in the history of West African textiles and their impact on contemporary art. From this research, she will co-curate an exhibition highlighting  Yoruba Aso-oke (ah-sho-kay), opening September 2023 at the Saint Louis Art Museum.



The Cinque Artist Program is named after the Cinque Gallery founded by artists Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Ernest Crichlow in the late 60s. The gallery served as a catalyst for artists and curators of color to exhibit, but also as a place for networking and building community. Our series promotes presentations from professionals, and practical information, as well as provides a platform for artists to showcase their work. We encourage adult artists, students, and enthusiasts to share in discussions in an intimate setting.

Cinque Artist Talks are supported in part by the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter. This program is part of the Harlem Cultural Collaborative of Harlem One Stop.

This program is part of the Harlem Cultural Collaborative of Harlem One Stop

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