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LIU Trustee Danny Simmons ’85, H’12, Co-Creator of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, to Exhibit Paintings at Brooklyn’s Skylight Gallery

Abstract expressionist painter, poet and novelist’s exhibition, ‘Noisy in the Next Room,’ to open Nov. 3


Morgan Lyle,LIU Communications and Marketing
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Painter, poet and novelist Daniel Simmons Jr., a trustee of Long Island University, will show new paintings in “Noisy in the Next Room,” an exhibition opening Sunday, Nov. 3 at The Skylight Gallery at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, 1368 Fulton St.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 3. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3.

Simmons is an abstract expressionist painter whose work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, Deutsche Bank, Schomburg Center for Black Culture, Smithsonian and the, United Nations, and has been shown in France, Amsterdam and Ghana. In 2015, he will serve as a scholarly consultant for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

He is the older brother of hip-hop impressario Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons, otherwise known as Reverend Run of the groundbreaking rap group Run DMC.

Simmons is the founder of the Rush Arts Gallery in Manhattan and Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. He and his brothers founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which provides  exhibition opportunities to an emerging artistic community and exposes disadvantaged urban youth to contemporary arts and culture through educational programming initiatives.

Simmons also is a published author. His books include the widely praised novel “Three Days As The Crow Flies,” which offers a fictional account of the 1980's New York art scene, and “I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn't Find My Way Home,” which features his poetry and artwork. He also co-authored the graphic novel “’85.”

In 2008, Mr. Simmons was one of six honorees to be recognized by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for contributions to the artistic and cultural landscape of New York City. He serves on the board of directors of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Public Library and Brooklyn Bridge Park, and is a member of the New York State Council on the Arts. He is also a former board member of the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Conference of Artists.  

Simmons is the son of Daniel Simmons Sr., a truant officer and black history professor who also wrote poetry, and Evelyn Simmons, a teacher who painted as a hobby. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from New York University and a master's degree in public finance from LIU Brooklyn.

Posted 10/30/2013

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