The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.
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The Studio Museum in Harlem was founded in 1968 by a diverse group of artists, community activists and philanthropists who envisioned a new kind of museum that not only displays artwork but also supports artists and arts education. The Museum was originally located in a rented loft at 2033 Fifth Avenue, just north of 125th Street. In 1979, the New York Bank for Savings gave the Museum the building located at 144 West 125th Street. The Studio Museum in Harlem is internationally known for its catalytic role in promoting the works of artists of African descent. The Artist-in-Residence program was one of the Museum’s founding initiatives, and gives the Museum the “Studio” in its name. The program has supported more than one hundred emerging artists of African or Latino descent, many of whom who have gone on to establish highly regarded careers.

04/30/2020
Firelei Báez on Mining History in Joy Out of Fire

Rewind & Watch: Firelei Báez on Mining History in Joy Out of Fire | Artist Firelei Báez discusses her inspiration for Joy Out of Fire, which was on view at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 2018 as part of the Museum’s inHarlem programming.

Watch here: https://bit.ly/3bTPHYb

Artist Firelei Báez discusses her inspiration for Joy Out of Fire, on view at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture through November 24, 2018. T...

Applications for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program are due this Friday, May 1st! Since 1968, The Studio Museum in ...
04/29/2020
Extended | Application for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program

Applications for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program are due this Friday, May 1st!

Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Afro-Latinx descent through its Artist-in-Residence program. The program has supported over one hundred graduates who have gone on to highly regarded careers.

To join our next cohort follow the link: https://bit.ly/2UucLWZ

The application for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program is now open. Click here to find out more information, and submit an application. The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 1, 2020. Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advanci...

Starting the week by highlighting a work from our permanent collection! Wangechi Mutu (artist in residence 2003–04) reco...
04/27/2020

Starting the week by highlighting a work from our permanent collection!

Wangechi Mutu (artist in residence 2003–04) recontextualizes images from popular culture, myth, and art history to create hybrid figures of black femininity and power. The nguva, a mythical water woman from East African folklore, is thought to be derived from the dugong, a relative of the manatee and one of the most endangered mammals in East Africa. Here, Mutu monumentalizes the nguva by casting it in bronze to pay homage to the mythic power of this female being while considering the complexities of our relationship to the environment.

To explore more of our permanent collection visit http://bit.ly/2UfJs9y

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Wangechi Mutu ( b. 1972), Chocolate Nguva, 2015. Bronze statue with marble base, 10 × 16 × 14 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by Holly Peterson 2017.23a-b

Applications for the online Museum Education Practicum are due tomorrow, April 27th!At The Studio Museum in Harlem, we b...
04/26/2020
Museum Education Practicum

Applications for the online Museum Education Practicum are due tomorrow, April 27th!

At The Studio Museum in Harlem, we believe that behind every transformative educational experience is a seasoned educator. The Museum Education Practicum provides an in-depth look at museum education from the guidance of the Studio Museum’s knowledgeable educators. This course is designed to provide emerging museum and arts educators with an intensive training program. The curriculum includes seminars, professional talks, presentations and opportunities to learn about our education programs.

Apply here: https://bit.ly/2yqjzMY

About The Studio Museum in Harlem will offer the Museum Education Practicum entirely as an online course for the upcoming season. As we continue to monitor the challenges posed by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Studio Museum in Harlem has temporarily closed its programming space...

How will you be practicing self-care this weekend?  In a statement about photograph, "Made for Now," commissioned for "H...
04/25/2020

How will you be practicing self-care this weekend?

In a statement about photograph, "Made for Now," commissioned for "Harlem Postcards Fall 2018," featured artist, Laura Alston, remarked, "The rain had cleared, the roads were open, and the day was filled with unforgettable memories. What better way to celebrate life than to dance unapologetically on the streets. With Harlem as a backdrop, this photograph is an extension of my interest in visualizing what self-love and care can look like, and the many forms it can take. I aim to capture authentic emotions that are too unique to be replicated, but include a level of confidence and serenity that is relatable to all." #HarlemPostcards

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Laura Alston (b.1995), Made for Now, 2018. Chromogenic color print. Courtesy the artist

Only 1 week left to apply for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program! Applications are due May 1st.Since 1968, The Stud...
04/24/2020
Extended | Application for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program

Only 1 week left to apply for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program! Applications are due May 1st.

Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Afro-Latinx descent through its Artist-in-Residence program. The program has supported over one hundred graduates who have gone on to highly regarded careers.

For more information on how to apply: https://bit.ly/2UucLWZ

The application for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program is now open. Click here to find out more information, and submit an application. The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 1, 2020. Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advanci...

#EarthDay was started in 1970 to foster stewardship and protection of our planet. Today, we find ourselves addressing a ...
04/22/2020

#EarthDay was started in 1970 to foster stewardship and protection of our planet. Today, we find ourselves addressing a shared vulnerability with the environment in maintaining space to learn and grow. In celebration of this day, we are reminded to take pause and practice gratitude for our environment
and reestablish our commitment to protect it.

Today, we share an artwork from our permanent collection by the painter Richard Mayhew ( b.1924). Although Richard Mayhew’s soft and shifting landscapes seem to revive the Impressionists’ tradition of painting from life and working outdoors, he paints these works inside his studio from memory. He makes no sketches, photographs, or color notes on location. For Mayhew, the process of painting is more spiritual; he attempts to re-experience a landscape for the first time while painting it.

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Richard Mayhew (b.1924), Gorge, 1966. Oil on canvas, 60 × 50 inches. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of David L. Schneider, Ph.D., New York 1986.11.1

Next Monday, April 27th at 7pm on Zoom, join the Department of Performance Studies at NYU for PANEL, a performance by Au...
04/21/2020
PANEL, a performance by Autumn Knight

Next Monday, April 27th at 7pm on Zoom, join the Department of Performance Studies at NYU for PANEL, a performance by Autumn Knight and featuring a panel of Ph.D. candidates from the department. The panel’s topic will not be set beforehand, so neither Knight nor the panelists will be quite sure what is to be discussed. Knight will moderate and lead the conversation building off her pieces like Sanity TV (shown at PICA’s TBA and the Whitney Biennial) and Here + Now.

For more information about the event and to register: https://bit.ly/3btG9CW

Join Performance Studies for PANEL, a performance by Autumn Knight and featuring a panel of PhD candidates from the department.

The Museum Education Practicum will be offered entirely online for the upcoming season! Applications are due Monday, Apr...
04/19/2020

The Museum Education Practicum will be offered entirely online for the upcoming season! Applications are due Monday, April, 27, 2020. We have shifted the program curriculum for cultural practitioners who are excited to explore the intersection of art and education. We are truly thrilled to continue offering this unique professional development opportunity.

At The Studio Museum in Harlem, we believe that behind every transformative educational experience is a seasoned educator. The Museum Education Practicum provides an in-depth look at museum education from the guidance of the Studio Museum’s knowledgeable educators. This course is designed to provide emerging museum and arts educators with an intensive training program.

For more information on the program and how to apply visit: https://bit.ly/2yqjzMY

Our educational lesson plans are now available for download! These lesson plans provide informational activities inspire...
04/18/2020
Lesson Plan: Moments in Movement

Our educational lesson plans are now available for download! These lesson plans provide informational activities inspired by artists and objects from the Museum's permanent collection.

This weekend, download "Moments in Movement." This lesson inspired by artist Senga Nengudi's 1978 "Performance Piece," provides educators the opportunity to incorporate performance art into their classrooms, and explore how incorporating the body can affect the story of an artwork. "Performance Piece" (1978) is a photographic series that documents artist Maren Hassinger activating one of Nengudi’s nylon mesh sculptures with her body. Nengudi’s work often incorporates black and brown nylon pantyhose that are stretched, filled with sand, and manipulated to mimic the flexibility of the human body in motion. This artwork provides a basis for a discussion about improvisation, motion, and mass.

Download the lesson here: https://bit.ly/2KgKKwc

To see all of the lessons plan available for download please visit: https://bit.ly/3aeKOHj

This lesson, inspired by artist Senga Nengudi's 1978 'Performance Piece', provides educators the opportunity to incorporate performance art into their classrooms, and explore how incorporating the body can affect the story of an artwork. Senga Nengudi’s Performance Piece (1978) is a photographic s...

04/17/2020
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Turn any space into your very own art studio! For the perfect remedy to “artist’s block,” get lost in your creative imagination with these guided projects. Inspired by artwork in our permanent collection, this selection of D.I.Y.’s allows you to create masterpieces and participate in existing art traditions. Check out all of our D.I.Y.'s at the link below!

Create a masterpiece here: https://bit.ly/34LFxpR

Our friends at Artists Space present an audio-visual tour led by Hilton Als of their current exhibition "She Who Is: Adr...
04/13/2020

Our friends at Artists Space present an audio-visual tour led by Hilton Als of their current exhibition "She Who Is: Adrienne Kennedy and the Drama of Difference," celebrating the life and work of legendary playwright Adrienne Kennedy. Featuring a walkthrough of the exhibition overlaid with installation images, archival photographs and performance documentation, the video reconstructs the dense and illuminating exhibition. Along with the video, you can read Als' wonderful essay "Howl," featured in the exhibition brochure, both available on Artists Space's website: https://bit.ly/3cc5BwH

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Image: Adrienne Kennedy, Funnyhouse of a Negro, 1964 (East End Theater, New York, directed by Michael Kahn, produced by Barr, WIlder, and Albee). Pictured: Ellen Holly and Cynthia Belgrave. Photo: Frederick Eberstadt.

04/12/2020
The Artist's Voice: Jordan Casteel

Rewind and watch The Artist's Voice: Jordan Casteel! In 2016, Casteel spoke with Rujeko Hockley and Dr. Monica Miller about the complexly layered site specificity of Harlem. Watch below.

On the occasion of "Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015–16", artist in residence Jordan Casteel; Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator at the Brooklyn Museum; and ...

"Head #4" is part of Derrick Adams’s “Deconstruction Worker” series, which includes portraits based on elevation section...
04/11/2020

"Head #4" is part of Derrick Adams’s “Deconstruction Worker” series, which includes portraits based on elevation sections and visual renderings. This work features wallpaper and wood-grain paneling, cut and collaged to imitate the gradations in skin and hair. Adams’s precisely applied geometric forms speak to the outside influences and environmental factors that contribute to the construction of self-image, while his use of commercial materials and a Pop art aesthetic point to the relationship between consumerism and race.

Explore the collection and more at http://bit.ly/31yAFCC

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Derrick Adams (b. 1970), Head #4, 2011, Mixed media collage on paper, 36 × 35 3/4 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee 2012.21.1

04/07/2020
Livestream — Full Pink Moon

TONIGHT: FULL PINK MOON: Opera Povera in Quarantine, an international durational livestream performance of composer Pauline Oliveros. Featuring 2019-20 artist in residence Elliot Reed! Elliot will perform at 10:40-11pm EST! Tune in here: https://bit.ly/2URSJ9l

Full Pink Moon is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry and California Institute of the Arts.

David C. Driskell was a dear friend of The Studio Museum in Harlem from our founding in 1968. His pioneering role as an ...
04/02/2020

David C. Driskell was a dear friend of The Studio Museum in Harlem from our founding in 1968. His pioneering role as an artist, curator, and scholar redefined the art historical canon. The 1987 Studio Museum exhibition he curated with then director Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, "Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America," deepened the world’s appreciation of a history-shaping group of visual artists working in Harlem and beyond. This is just one example of the many projects he curated here and elsewhere during his incomparable career. The Studio Museum celebrates his legacy and decades-long work as someone deeply committed to the art and artists of African descent. We send our condolences to his beloved family and pay tribute to an innovator whose contributions continue to make our work possible.
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Image 1: Photo of David C. Driskell, 2012; courtesy The Studio Museum in Harlem Archive
Image 2: David C. Driskell (1931–2020), Rockets, Fireworks, 2004. Collage and mixed media on vellum, 8 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Bridget Moore, New York 2007.4.1 [Use approved by DC Moore Gallery]

04/01/2020
Tom Lloyd at The Studio Museum in Harlem - The Studio Museum in Harlem - Google Arts & Culture

Experience Tom Lloyd at The Studio Museum in Harlem via Google Arts & Culture!

In 1968, artist Tom Lloyd was chosen to open The Studio Museum in Harlem with an exhibition of electronically-programmed light works.

https://bit.ly/3aCaHSq

The Studio Museum in Harlem opened in September 1968 with Electronic Refractions II, a solo exhibition of work by the artist Tom Lloyd (1929–1996). 1968 wa...

EXTENDED | The application for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program has been extended to May 1, 2020. Use this extra ...
03/30/2020
Extended | Application for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program

EXTENDED | The application for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program has been extended to May 1, 2020. Use this extra time to continue to work on and refine your submission!

Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Afro-Latinx descent through its Artist-in-Residence program.

For more info visit: https://bit.ly/2UucLWZ

The application for the 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence Program is now open. Click here to find out more information, and submit an application. The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 1, 2020. Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advanci...

Wearing vibrant makeup and jewelry, the subject of "Untitled (Afronude)" exudes a bold elegance and sense of glamour. He...
03/27/2020

Wearing vibrant makeup and jewelry, the subject of "Untitled (Afronude)" exudes a bold elegance and sense of glamour. Her undulating curves, combined with bluish shadows, suggest the movement of the body. Using amorphous lines, faint contours, asymmetrical patterns, stylized features, and luminous colors, Chris Ofili critiques mainstream definitions of beauty in art history—which are often associated with the white body—and creates new images of the black body to replace stereotypical representations of people of African descent. #MuseumFromHome

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Chris Ofili (b. 1968—), Untitled (Afronude), 2007. Watercolor and graphite on paper, 24 7/8 × 17 1/8 in.The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Chris Ofili - AFROCO 2007.18.1

03/26/2020
Studio Magazine in Print

Did you know that you can download complete issues of Studio Magazine from our website? Check the link below to add your favorites to your reading list!

Members of The Studio Museum in Harlem receive a free print subscription to Studio. Join today.

Photograph #FromTheArchive of Clifford Owens, 2005-06 artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, in his studio....
03/24/2020

Photograph #FromTheArchive of Clifford Owens, 2005-06 artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, in his studio.

With a body of work encompassing live action, video and photography, Owens investigates the nature of performance and human interaction. For his Studio Visits series (2005-06), he invited a range of artists, critics and writers into his studio to participate in the creation of original performances and art pieces. These acts are invested in material balance, social exchange and quotidian negotiation. Often using his own body as his primary medium, Owens’s public interventions invite the viewer to upset the typical artist-audience power dynamic, and suggest that art is perhaps a more literal dialogue between artist and audience.

Image courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem Archive

Taking a moment to celebrate joy, togetherness, art, and community.The event pictured is from The Studio Museum in Harle...
03/21/2020

Taking a moment to celebrate joy, togetherness, art, and community.

The event pictured is from The Studio Museum in Harlem's chalk-in from 1985. Children gathered at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building to create art , make friends and enjoy the warm weather.
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Photos courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem Archive

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