Christie’s and the City College Center for the Arts join forces for an auction entitled “100 YEARS OF HARLEM: Resonating Around the World”


Christie’s is pleased to present its first collaborative exhibition and silent auction to benefit the City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) titled 100 YEARS OF HARLEM: resonating around the world. The exhibit celebrates Harlem as a teacher and muse for diverse artists throughout time, featuring works by visual artists from Harlem and across the country. The online sale, powered by Givergy, will be open for auction from March 26 to April 4, 2022, and works from the auction will be on simultaneous display at Christie’s New York. A percentage of proceeds will go to contributing artists, with the remainder going to the City College Center for the Arts Youth Arts Empowerment Program, which provides free art workshops, performances, and talks each year to more than 8,000 underserved youth in the Harlem community. .

The auction is organized by Omo Micha, a Detroit native who has built her practice serving galleries, cultural institutions and artists across Harlem, Greater New York and the Tri-State Area. She has worked with the City College Center for the Arts as the curator of the Windows on Amsterdam Community Gallery since 2015 and recently directed the Irwin House of Global Art Center and Gallery in Detroit. His goal now is to connect these two great historical creative communities.

The sale features thirty works by twenty-four famous artists, including internationally renowned painters like the New Orleans native Julio Mejia, an artist of Latin and European descent who holds the title of the longest solo exhibition at the CCCA; abstract expressionist Danny Simmons, who has been exhibited and collected around the world and uses his art and voice to strengthen artist enclaves in his native New York as well as Philadelphia; and, donovan nelson, a master portrait painter whose renderings of Ibo Landing tell the story of one of the greatest known revolts of enslaved Africans. Best known for transforming his run-down Detroit neighborhood, is an international artist, Tyree Guyton, which has reinvented a two-block stretch of Heidelberg Street into an art-filled treasure trove, attracting approximately 200,000 visitors each year from around the world and adding more than $3 million annually to the local economy. Born in Japan and exhibited internationally YUKAKOThe paintings evoke the spontaneity of jazz, the harmony of lyric poetry and the naturalism of dance; and 91 years old Faith Ringgolda celebrated artist, activist, and City College of New York alumnus best known for her fiber art compositions, documenting her life and times in Harlem.

Danny Simmons
donovan nelson
Tyree Guyton
YUKAKO | photo cr. Lucienne van der Mijle

Other artists in the sale include:
Francks Deceus, James Denmark, Uday Dhar, Noreen Dean Dresser, Lola Flash, Mira Gandy, Paul Goodnight, Stephanie Karen Gregory, Carl Karni-Bain (aka BAI), Julio Leitão, DH Caranda Martin, Jonathan Miller, Tomo Mori, Dawn Okoro , Charly Palmer, Larry Pierce, Jody Rasch and Grace Y. Williams.

About City College Center for the Arts City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) is an independent, not-for-profit presenting organization whose mission is to provide a creative arts center and focal point for City College, creating a sense of community, raising the profile of Aaron Davis Hall (ADH) in the greater New York area and connecting the College to the surrounding community through the arts.

About City College of New York
Since its founding in 1847, The City College of New York (CCNY) has remained true to its legacy of access, opportunity, and transformation. CCNY is as diverse, vibrant and boldly visionary as the city itself. CCNY advances knowledge and critical thinking, and encourages research, creativity, and innovation in academic, artistic, and professional disciplines. As a public institution with a public purpose and with a 170-year history, CCNY produces citizens who impact the cultural, social, and economic vitality of New York City, the nation, and the world.

About Christie’s
Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world leader in art and luxury. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including fine art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, with flagship international sales centers in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It is also the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span over 80 art and luxury categories, with prices ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for a work of art at auction (Leonardo da Vinci Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).
Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling artwork, jewelry and timepieces outside of the auction schedule, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at the individual pace of each customer.

Recent Christie’s innovations include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital artwork ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everyday, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the art business, including the creation of viewing and auction experiences that integrate augmented reality, global live streaming, buy-it-now channels and hybrid sales formats.

Christie’s is dedicated to fostering a responsible culture in all of its businesses and communities around the world, including achieving sustainability through net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify underrepresented voices and support positive change.

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