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Skylight Gallery

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Gallery featuring work by artists from Africa and the Diaspora

Place Details

Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Bedford- Stuyvesant
Institution, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Arts and Entertainment, African/ American, Education

Place Matters Profile

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Skylight Gallery was started in 1972 as a central component of the corporation's Center for Arts and Culture. With a mission of showcasing emerging and established artists from Africa and the Diaspora, the gallery is part of a larger initiative to build community pride and capacity through the arts.

At the time of the gallery's creation by the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, there were no institutions or community spaces for local artists to exhibit and gather in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Theodore Gunn, who was the gallery's first director and ran it for 20 years, explains that the gallery's founders wanted to provide such as a space, just as had been done with the creation of the Studio Museum in Harlem in the early 1960s (which Gunn also helped establish).

Located on the third floor of the Restoration Corporation's main building, the gallery is named for its "skylit"...

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Gunn, Theodore. Interviewed by Jennifer Scott for Place Matters. April 2003.

New York Amsterdam News. "Brooklyn's Skylight Gallery Shines." December 14-December 20, 2000.

Williams, Jim. "Artists at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Cultural Center." New York Amsterdam News, November 13, 1982.

On The Web

Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza


Madaha Kinsey-Lamb

The Skylight Gallery has compelling art by people of African descent in a bright, welcoming atmosphere "in the sky." There is a skylight ceiling and large windows. This is excellent curatorial and venue/sales opportunities for local artists.

Dolores Lindsay

I've been there several times and taken children there. The curator was so good with the children and held their attention by explaining the mediums and answering questions. The Skylight Gallery also did the stained glass mural at the Franklin Avenue shuttle station.

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