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Sunday Insights: Alexa Wajed on We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85

Sunday, April 29, 2018

2 pm EDT

Lona Foote (American, 1948–1993). Blondell Cummings performing “Blind Dates” at Just Above Midtown Gallery, November 1982, 1982. Photograph, 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries. © Estate of Lona Foote, courtesy of Howard Mandel

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1905 Building, North Galleries

On select Sundays during We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, the Albright-Knox will host conversations inspired by the exhibition led by local women of color, including artists, activists, educators, and more. This Sunday's talk will feature artist, chef, and educator Alexa Wajed. Learn More and View Full Schedule

About the Speaker

Alexa Wajed is a Buffalo-born creative entrepreneur, a visual artist, trained chef, and jewelry designer. Alexa, along with her husband Edreys Wajed, owned a greeting card and stationery design company for nearly 20 years, which enabled them to open a brick-and-mortar gallery, Gallery 51, on Elmwood Avenue in the early 2000s, one of the few black-owned businesses on the strip at the time. 

Alexa received her Bachelor's degree in hospitality management from Canisius College and participated in a semester abroad in Bulle, Switzerland. After many years in the corporate sector, Alexa returned back to school to earn an additional degree in culinary arts from Erie Community College and had the unique opportunity to have an externship on the Amalfi Coast in Positano, Italy, for ten weeks. 

Currently, Alexa is an adjunct professor at a local college, a mother of two young boys, and makes time to serve a faithful and growing clientele as a personal chef. She enjoys servicing people in need, mentoring youth, and creating abstract art along with unique hand-painted jewelry, which is sold online ( and in several local gift shops and galleries.

Program Sponsors

Support for educational components of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 has been provided by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.