Restored Mural Brightens Harlem Corner

Posted on 21. Oct, 2009 by in Arts and Culture, Rebecca Leung, Urban

A team of New York City artists spent 36 days resurrecting a Harlem mural that they say is the city’s last wall painting by the late Eva Cockroft. Cockroft was a prominent artist and activist during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The image is her four-story adaptation of Georges-Pierre Seurat’s famous piece “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”

Cockroft recreated Seurat’s serene setting and modified the painting’s French figures to reflect Harlem’s African-American community. She titled it “Homage to Seurat: La Grande Jatte in Harlem.” But during 23 years of weathering, the painting’s bold colors faded and chipped.

On the corner of West 142nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the artists and their funders introduced the restored mural on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009.

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