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Black History Month NYC: Scientists, Designers, and Artists Make Their Mark

Be dazzled by NYC’s creative offerings around town in honor of Black History Month. We found three interesting choices. First, you must head to your local theater to catch Hidden Figures, which tells the story of a trio of women NASA scientists. If fashion is your game, get into FIT’s latest show, featuring designers from the 50s to the present. Craft aficionados will love seeing the quilts and collages in vibrant tones. Details below…

Black Fashion Designers at The Museum at FIT
This exhibition explores the experiences of several generations of fashion designers of African descent from the 1950s to the present. The designers work in a diverse range of individual styles. The exhibition draws exclusively from the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT and is organized into evening wear, menswear, street style, experimental fashion, and African influences. In the Fashion & Textile History Gallery, through May 16. Seventh Avenue at 27 Street. Hours:Tuesday–Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–5 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays. Admission is free. Through May 16. See more details on the website. fitnyc.edu

The Rhythmic Art of Thread at The Arsenal Gallery
The Rhythmic Art of Thread showcases works in fiber that explore diverse themes of culture, spirituality, historical events, and icons. Contemporary artists merge techniques of quilting, applique, mixed media, screening, fabric collage, and fiber fusion to tell stories and present abstract imagery in textile art. The exhibition features the works of Michael A. Cummings, Shimoda Emanuel, Ife Felix, Laura R. Gadson, Jacqueline Johnson, Jackquelynn Jones, Dindga McCannon, Lisa Shepard Stewart, and 2016 Teen Curators of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The show is curated by Harlem Needle Arts with support from NYC Parks’ Ebony Society. The Arsenal Gallery is located at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue inside Central Park, on the third floor of the Arsenal Building. Gallery hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Through Feb 24. nycgovparks.org

Hidden Figures [Playing Now in a Theater Near You]
HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Hidden Figures