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.
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It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. 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.

On the occasion of Pioneer Works' exhibition "Brand New Heavies", on Wednesday, May 26 at 5:00 pm EDT join Thelma Golden...
05/12/2021
Brand New Heavies in Conversation

On the occasion of Pioneer Works' exhibition "Brand New Heavies", on Wednesday, May 26 at 5:00 pm EDT join Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, for a conversation with the exhibition's curators Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas—collectively known as Deux Femmes Noires—and artists Abigail DeVille, Xaviera Simmons, and Rosa-Johan Uddoh. Together, the group will discuss the themes explored within each of the artists' newly-commissioned works as well as the historical legacies and contemporary circumstances that inform their wider practices.

RSVP for the program here: https://bit.ly/3ft9IYH

On the occasion of Pioneer Works’ exhibition Brand New Heavies, join Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, for a conversation with the exhibition’s curators Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas—collectively known as Deux Femmes Noires—and artists Abigai...

This Saturday at 12:00 pm EDT, RSVP for a special conversation and workshop celebrating the release of "The African Look...
05/11/2021
Studio Salon

This Saturday at 12:00 pm EDT, RSVP for a special conversation and workshop celebrating the release of "The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women" and the practice of self-fashioning as forms of art, craft, and resistance. Author Catherine McKinley will read from "The African Lookbook" and join in dialogue with multidisciplinary artists Fatimah Tuggar and Lola Keyezua.

The program will be moderated by historian Tanisha C. Ford. Following the conversation, artist and educator Jazmine Hayes will facilitate a workshop using the publication as a point of departure to explore texture and textile through meditation, writing, and art-making. The workshop will begin at 1:10 pm EDT.

RSVP for the event here: https://bit.ly/3tERAzR

The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women is a personal archive and unprecedented visual collection representing photography from Africa between 1870 and 1970. Join us for a special conversation and workshop celebrating the book's release and the practice of self-fashionin...

05/10/2021

"Living with a piece of art, it changes before your eyes. As you change, it changes. It is a living experience of storytelling." —Tracee Ellis Ross

Don't miss your chance to hear actor, producer, singer, and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross in conversation with Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden tomorrow at 6:30 pm EDT for 'Beyond the Studio: The Studio Museum's Spring Benefit!' Purchase your ticket here: https://bit.ly/3hd7kHS

Proceeds from 'Beyond the Studio' will directly support the Museum's general operations and our growing schedule of digital programming. As we continue to navigate these challenging times, the Studio Museum remains committed to providing meaningful and engaging programs for audiences of all ages.

Happy Mother's Day!"'Church of Mama' is a photograph of artwork I've encountered many times while walking through the st...
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day!

"'Church of Mama' is a photograph of artwork I've encountered many times while walking through the streets of Harlem. Harlem is especially important to me as an artist because it is a hub of culture and architecture and is, by my own definition, a colorful area of inspiration. The street vendors making their living in Harlem sell these beautiful pieces of artwork that may not have been recognized by the professional art world. These artists work to produce ideas that sometimes do not make it into museums, and are in return giving those walking by on their way to a work a quick art gallery show. There is much to be discovered in the art world, and it is a privilege to walk through the streets of Harlem and encounter such beautiful pieces of work out in the open." —Paulette Henk

#HarlemPostcards

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Image: Paulette Henk, Church of Mama, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

"'Church of Mama' is a photograph of artwork I've encountered many times while walking through the streets of Harlem. Harlem is especially important to me as an artist because it is a hub of culture and architecture and is, by my own definition, a colorful area of inspiration. The street vendors making their living in Harlem sell these beautiful pieces of artwork that may not have been recognized by the professional art world. These artists work to produce ideas that sometimes do not make it into museums, and are in return giving those walking by on their way to a work a quick art gallery show. There is much to be discovered in the art world, and it is a privilege to walk through the streets of Harlem and encounter such beautiful pieces of work out in the open." —Paulette Henk

#HarlemPostcards

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Image: Paulette Henk, Church of Mama, 2013

Honoring the importance of photographic documentation across Harlem through New York City's archives, 'Harlem Postcards:...
05/08/2021

Honoring the importance of photographic documentation across Harlem through New York City's archives, 'Harlem Postcards: May 2021' is now available as a digital postcard to be downloaded and shared for free!

This month's featured photograph is titled "Harlem" (1970) by Camilo J. Vergara from the The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Learn more about Vergara and his photography here: https://bit.ly/3muFdV2

'Harlem Postcards: May 2021' is organized by Angelique Rosales, Curatorial Fellow, Exhibitions. #HarlemPostcards

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Camilo J. Vergara, Harlem, 1970, 35mm color photograph. The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Camilo J. Vergara Photograph Collection. LC-DIG-vrg-12522

Honoring the importance of photographic documentation across Harlem through New York City's archives, 'Harlem Postcards: May 2021' is now available as a digital postcard to be downloaded and shared for free!

This month's featured photograph is titled "Harlem" (1970) by Camilo J. Vergara from the The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Learn more about Vergara and his photography here: https://bit.ly/3muFdV2

'Harlem Postcards: May 2021' is organized by Angelique Rosales, Curatorial Fellow, Exhibitions. #HarlemPostcards

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Camilo J. Vergara, Harlem, 1970, 35mm color photograph. The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Camilo J. Vergara Photograph Collection. LC-DIG-vrg-12522

Join us next Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30 pm EDT, to hear actor, producer, singer, and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross in conv...
05/06/2021
The Studio Museum's Spring Benefit

Join us next Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30 pm EDT, to hear actor, producer, singer, and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross in conversation with Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden for 'Beyond the Studio: The Studio Museum's Spring Benefit!' The pair will explore their creative influences, discuss the capacity of art for storytelling, and share how art continues to have a profound impact on their lives.

For more information on the event and to purchase your tickets, visit: https://bit.ly/32Fpdqs

Our inaugural guest for Beyond the Studio is actor, producer, singer, and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross!

This Thursday at 1:00 pm EDT, join us for our next #StudioLIVE program on Instagram featuring Ari Melenciano! Melenciano...
05/04/2021
Studio LIVE

This Thursday at 1:00 pm EDT, join us for our next #StudioLIVE program on Instagram featuring Ari Melenciano! Melenciano is a designer, creative technologist and researcher who is passionate about exploring the relationships between various forms of design and sentient experiences.

During the program, Melenciano will sit in conversation with Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Exhibitions to discuss intersections across the African diaspora as empowered technologies in and of themselves as well as the social impact of new media practice on arts and culture. The pair will also explore what the "future" can look like through the lens of Black radical imagination, an urgent question as it comes up against ongoing discourse framed by Afropessimist thought and methodology.

For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/3xLVA4Z

Join us for our next Studio LIVE program featuring Ari Melenciano. Melenciano is a designer, creative technologist and researcher who is passionate about exploring the relationships between various forms of design and sentient experiences. She is a creative technologist at Google's Creative Lab, pro...

05/02/2021

"Beyond the Studio: The Studio Museum's Spring Benefit" will take the format of an annual conversation on art, culture, film, and design with friends of the Studio Museum. Our inaugural guest for Beyond the Studio is actor, producer, and CEO Tracee Ellis Ross!

Below, enjoy a sneak peak of the conversation! Hear Ross and Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden discuss creativity as a form of power.

Purchase your ticket to join us on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30 pm EDT here: https://bit.ly/32Fpdqs

Join us for a two-part drawing workshop presented in partnership with The Drawing Center!Inspired by their current exhib...
05/01/2021

Join us for a two-part drawing workshop presented in partnership with The Drawing Center!

Inspired by their current exhibition, 'David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968-1979,' the workshops will explore Hammons's body prints, a pivotal series of monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making.

The free online workshops (via zoom on Wednesday, May 5 and May 12 at 6pm EDT), will be led by teaching artist Blake Paskal. Building upon participatory discussions on David Hammons's body print series, the workshops will encourage participants to explore how they can create their own prints by using the body as a drawing tool.

To register (free) please visit: https://bit.ly/3vxaWIC

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Image: David Hammons, Untitled, 1975. Grease and pigment on paper, 30 1/4 x 39 3/4 inches (76.8 x 101 cm). Hudgins Family Collection, New York

#davidhammons

Join us for a two-part drawing workshop presented in partnership with The Drawing Center!

Inspired by their current exhibition, 'David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968-1979,' the workshops will explore Hammons's body prints, a pivotal series of monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making.

The free online workshops (via zoom on Wednesday, May 5 and May 12 at 6pm EDT), will be led by teaching artist Blake Paskal. Building upon participatory discussions on David Hammons's body print series, the workshops will encourage participants to explore how they can create their own prints by using the body as a drawing tool.

To register (free) please visit: https://bit.ly/3vxaWIC

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Image: David Hammons, Untitled, 1975. Grease and pigment on paper, 30 1/4 x 39 3/4 inches (76.8 x 101 cm). Hudgins Family Collection, New York

#davidhammons

"In my work I look for the signature of the Spirit. When I see leaves, I see the magic of being and the interconnectedne...
04/26/2021

"In my work I look for the signature of the Spirit. When I see leaves, I see the magic of being and the interconnectedness of all things. This leaf shared the space, elements and moods of the day, and gave respite from the Harlem sun." - Chester Higgins Jr. (featured artist, "Harlem Postcards Spring 2016")

#HarlemPostcards

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Image: Chester Higgins Jr., Harlem Spirit, 2015 © Chester Higgins Jr.

"In my work I look for the signature of the Spirit. When I see leaves, I see the magic of being and the interconnectedness of all things. This leaf shared the space, elements and moods of the day, and gave respite from the Harlem sun." - Chester Higgins Jr. (featured artist, "Harlem Postcards Spring 2016")

#HarlemPostcards

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Image: Chester Higgins Jr., Harlem Spirit, 2015 © Chester Higgins Jr.

"These current images extend themselves to an exploration of the Black vernacular and physical landscape as a foundation...
04/23/2021

"These current images extend themselves to an exploration of the Black vernacular and physical landscape as a foundation. The images are portraits and self portraits that explore the subjective position of a non fixed and multiple identity. My work is accomplished using both the public environment (i.e. outside landscape, strangers) and a more traditional, private studio space. By this, the images often incorporate strangers and passersby's; at times the passerby becomes part of the image and at other times he/she has a hand in the image making process. It is in this way that the audience/viewer of the process becomes a collaborator in the image making. I am excited to blur the boundaries of a studio practice with a public art making practice and an incorporation of performance (through self portraiture in the public landscape)." - Xaviera Simmons (featured artist, "Harlem Postcards Fall/Winter 2004–05")

#HarlemPostcards

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Xaviera Simmons, Slamminest. adj (1980s-1990s) Rakim Rakim Rakim (Harlem), 2004. Chromogenic color print, 20 × 16 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; Harlem Postcards Collection

"These current images extend themselves to an exploration of the Black vernacular and physical landscape as a foundation. The images are portraits and self portraits that explore the subjective position of a non fixed and multiple identity. My work is accomplished using both the public environment (i.e. outside landscape, strangers) and a more traditional, private studio space. By this, the images often incorporate strangers and passersby's; at times the passerby becomes part of the image and at other times he/she has a hand in the image making process. It is in this way that the audience/viewer of the process becomes a collaborator in the image making. I am excited to blur the boundaries of a studio practice with a public art making practice and an incorporation of performance (through self portraiture in the public landscape)." - Xaviera Simmons (featured artist, "Harlem Postcards Fall/Winter 2004–05")

#HarlemPostcards

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Xaviera Simmons, Slamminest. adj (1980s-1990s) Rakim Rakim Rakim (Harlem), 2004. Chromogenic color print, 20 × 16 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; Harlem Postcards Collection

Beyond the Studio: The Studio Museum's Spring Benefit will take the format of an annual conversation on art, culture, fi...
04/22/2021
The Studio Museum's Spring Benefit

Beyond the Studio: The Studio Museum's Spring Benefit will take the format of an annual conversation on art, culture, film, and design with friends of the Studio Museum. ⠀⠀

Our inaugural guest for Beyond the Studio is actor, producer, singer, and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross! In an online screening, watch Ross in conversation with Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden (@thelmagolden ) on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 pm EDT. Please be sure to mark your calendars. To purchase tickets, visit: https://bit.ly/32Fpdqs

Proceeds from Beyond the Studio will directly support the Museum's general operations and our growing schedule of digital programming.

Our inaugural guest for Beyond the Studio is actor, producer, singer, and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross!

Start off your week by exploring "Paint Over, Paint Under," a #LessonPlan inspired by the work of Firelei Báez! Learn ho...
04/19/2021

Start off your week by exploring "Paint Over, Paint Under," a #LessonPlan inspired by the work of Firelei Báez! Learn how to create a layered watercolor portrait using wet-on-wet and drybrush techniques.

Firelei Báez creates work that focuses on the experiences of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latina women. Her practice is deeply rooted in historical research and committed to redefining dominate historical narratives. She focuses on cultural ambiguity within diasporic communities, strategies for surviving cultural invasion, and redefining identity. Báez's "Fire wood pretending to be fire" is an acrylic and gouache painting on paper. It is made up of a pair of eyes that confront the viewer, surrounded by layers of overlapping colors that create the figure's ambiguous facial features.

Download the #LessonPlan here: https://bit.ly/3sAQBQK
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Firelei Báez, Fire wood pretending to be fire, 2013. Acrylic and gouache on yupo paper, 27 ¾ × 20 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; promised gift of Carol Sutton Lewis PG.2014.4.5 Photo: Zalika Azim

Start off your week by exploring "Paint Over, Paint Under," a #LessonPlan inspired by the work of Firelei Báez! Learn how to create a layered watercolor portrait using wet-on-wet and drybrush techniques.

Firelei Báez creates work that focuses on the experiences of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latina women. Her practice is deeply rooted in historical research and committed to redefining dominate historical narratives. She focuses on cultural ambiguity within diasporic communities, strategies for surviving cultural invasion, and redefining identity. Báez's "Fire wood pretending to be fire" is an acrylic and gouache painting on paper. It is made up of a pair of eyes that confront the viewer, surrounded by layers of overlapping colors that create the figure's ambiguous facial features.

Download the #LessonPlan here: https://bit.ly/3sAQBQK
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Firelei Báez, Fire wood pretending to be fire, 2013. Acrylic and gouache on yupo paper, 27 ¾ × 20 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; promised gift of Carol Sutton Lewis PG.2014.4.5 Photo: Zalika Azim

04/16/2021

This spring, get a fresh start on a new book that celebrates artwork and scholarship by artists of African descent! Add a new catalogue or monograph of one of your favorite artists to your library or shop our growing collection of children's books. Whether you are reading at home, in the car, or at the park—a book is always great company to keep.

Shop here: https://bit.ly/3joUjKd

In "Afro Muses," a series of 181 small-scale watercolors produced over a decade, Chris Ofili (b. 1968) paints familiar f...
04/14/2021

In "Afro Muses," a series of 181 small-scale watercolors produced over a decade, Chris Ofili (b. 1968) paints familiar faces, capturing the essence of people who seem to step out of popular culture, art history, or a family gathering. Here, a Black couple sports Afros and coordinated outfits. By using amorphous lines, asymmetrical patterns, stylized features, and luminous colors, Ofili interrogates mainstream definitions of beauty in art history—which are often associated with the white body—and incorporates his own figures into this visual narrative.

#StudioMuseumCollection

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Chris Ofili, Untitled (diptych from Afro Muses series), 1995-2005. Conte crayon on butcher paper, 72 × 48 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Anne Ehrenkranz in honor of Nancy L. Lane 2006.22

In "Afro Muses," a series of 181 small-scale watercolors produced over a decade, Chris Ofili (b. 1968) paints familiar faces, capturing the essence of people who seem to step out of popular culture, art history, or a family gathering. Here, a Black couple sports Afros and coordinated outfits. By using amorphous lines, asymmetrical patterns, stylized features, and luminous colors, Ofili interrogates mainstream definitions of beauty in art history—which are often associated with the white body—and incorporates his own figures into this visual narrative.

#StudioMuseumCollection

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Chris Ofili, Untitled (diptych from Afro Muses series), 1995-2005. Conte crayon on butcher paper, 72 × 48 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Anne Ehrenkranz in honor of Nancy L. Lane 2006.22

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