Photos by G. Various artists.
File this one under “funky and totally random.” Not only is the Christopher Henry Gallery in New York showing an exhibit of photographs of a James Brown impersonator, but the photos were shot by the real life Tony Bennett’s granddaughter, Kelsey Bennett. “Black Velvet – The Godfather of Soul,” follows the on and off stage antics of James Brown impersonator Black Velvet (aka Charles Bradley). I cannot guarantee that the photos will make you feel good (bad pun), but if you attended the opening night reception like I did, you’ll know that the soul food buffet made everyone feel nice – like sugar and spice!
If James Brown impersonators are not your thing, don’t worry – the second floor of the gallery features Matt and Mark Engler’s “Streets of Glory,” a mixed media exhibit that has painting, sculpture and a fluorescent green bear!
The Christopher Henry Gallery is located at 127 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan. Both exhibits are showing until August 14, 2011.