Two Gallerists Unpack Harlem's Community-Driven Neighborhood


Harlem became a global center for Black individuals across the diaspora to live and create among other kin. For example, the Studio Museum in Harlem chose Harlem as a site to emphasize the Upper Manhatan neighborhood as the cultural capital of Black America while nodding to the role that its community plays in shaping the museum's programming and exhibitions. 


While few galleries exist in the neighborhood today, there is an abundance of artists and cultural institutions based in the area who continue to cultivate bonds with one another. Artsy spoke with Claire Oliver, founder and director of her eponymous gallery, and Atim Annette Oton, founder and director of Calabar Gallery, to unpack how Harlem's community determines their success and outreach. 

February 14, 2023