Uptown: It’s a historical legacy stretching back to the Harlem Renaissance; a zone in social and economic flux; and, at the psychic hinge of these forces, a state of mind. It’s also the name of a brand-new triennial initiated and hosted by the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, with a linked exhibition at El Museo del Barrio and related programs across Upper Manhattan. The artists — among them market champions like Julie Mehretu, key elders such as Maren Hassinger and Nari Ward, and many less familiar names — live or work in this territory, defined here as north of 99th Street.
“Uptown” is at the Wallach Art Gallery through August 20; information on the triennial at columbia.edu/cu/wallach. “Uptown: nasty women/bad hombres” is at El Museo del Barrio through November 5; information at elmuseo.org.