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.

10/29/2020

In continued celebration of the announcement of Cauleen Smith as the winner of the fifteenth annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, hear Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, share her remarks on this achievement!

Cauleen, we continue to celebrate your achievement and work—across experimental film, science fiction, poetry—that so deeply engages with black cultural history to create moving film and installation works that hold space for conversation. On behalf of The Studio Museum in Harlem, we celebrate you!

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Video: Johann Rashid

"It was a cold and crisp morning, with the light streaming along 125th Street, when I chose a simple path off the subway...
10/29/2020

"It was a cold and crisp morning, with the light streaming along 125th Street, when I chose a simple path off the subway and turned to walk west. In Los Angeles the previous week I had shown my students the work of Roy DeCarava; his work was a touchstone during my early years as a street photographer. There is a moment when I look at things when they align for a composition that has the essence of narrative. That frozen moment is what photography does so well. A mixture of old with new, and evidence that Christmas has passed—this is my ode to DeCarava." - Catherine Opie (featured artist, "Harlem Postcards Spring 2016")

#HarlemPostcards
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Image: Catherine Opie, Harlem Winter, 2016 © Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong

Tonight, at 6pm on Instagram, watch filmmaker Garrett Bradley in conversation with Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Ex...
10/27/2020

Tonight, at 6pm on Instagram, watch filmmaker Garrett Bradley in conversation with Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Exhibitions, at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

In this live conversation, Bradley and Russell will discuss Bradley's growth as tied to being a filmmaker and artist and America as it is staged in the forthcoming exhibition, "Projects: Garrett Bradley."

"Projects: Garrett Bradley" is organized by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, with Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Exhibitions. This exhibition is part of a multiyear partnership between The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1.

#StudioLIVE #GarrettBradley
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Image: Garrett Bradley, America, (video still, detail), 2019. Photo: courtesy the artist.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is thrilled to announce that Los Angeles-based artist Cauleen Smith has been selected as the...
10/27/2020

The Studio Museum in Harlem is thrilled to announce that Los Angeles-based artist Cauleen Smith has been selected as the winner of the fifteenth annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize. Established in 2006 by jazz impresario, musician, and philanthropist George Wein to honor his late wife Joyce Alexander (1928–2005), a long-time Trustee of the Studio Museum, the Prize honors the achievements of an African-American artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise, and creativity and bears a cash prize of $50,000.

A multidisciplinary artist rooted in mid-twentieth-century experimental film, Cauleen Smith describes her work as reflecting on "the everyday possibilities of the imagination." Her first solo New York City exhibition, "Mutualities," is currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which also presented her work in the 2017 Biennial. Her most comprehensive and immersive exhibition to date, "We Already Have What We Need," was recently presented at MASS MoCA (May 2019–March 2020), with the central portion scheduled to travel to Contemporary Art Museum Houston in 2021. The Studio Museum in Harlem presented her work in the Afrofuturist-themed group exhibition "The Shadows Took Shape" (2013–14).

Past Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize recipients include: Torkwase Dyson (2019), Diedrick Brackens (2018), and Simone Leigh (2017).

Congratulations, Cauleen Smith!

Tomorrow at 6pm EDT, join us for our next #StudioLIVE conversation with filmmaker Garrett Bradley!Garrett Bradley (b. N...
10/26/2020

Tomorrow at 6pm EDT, join us for our next #StudioLIVE conversation with filmmaker Garrett Bradley!

Garrett Bradley (b. NYC, 1986) works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, southern culture, and the history of film in the United States. Bradley has received numerous prizes which include the 2019 Prix de Rome, and the 2017 Sundance Jury Prize for the short film "Alone," which was released by The New York Times OpDocs And became an Oscar Contender for short nonfiction filmmaking, included in Academy Shortlist. Bradleys work can be seen across a variety of spaces including her Second Unit Directing work on Ava DuVernays "When They See Us" and the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow night on Instagram to watch the conversation between Garrett Bradley and Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Exhibitions.

#StudioLIVE #GarrettBradley
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Photo: Garrett Bradley

10/25/2020

On Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 pm EDT, join us for our next Instagram live conversation between filmmaker and director Garrett Bradley and Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Exhibitions!

Bradley works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture, and the history of film in the United States. Her first solo New York exhibition, "Projects: Garrett Bradley," opens November 21, 2020 at The Museum of Modern Art and is presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 as part of a multiyear partnership.

Bradley's film "America" (2019), which the exhibition is centered around, imagines black figures from the early decades of the twentieth century whose lives have been lost to history. The multichannel video installation is organized around twelve short black-and-white films shot by Bradley and set to a score by artist Trevor Mathison and composer Udit Duseja. The exhibition is organized by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, with Legacy Russell.

In this live conversation, Bradley and Russell will discuss Bradley's growth as tied to being a filmmaker and artist and America as it is staged in the forthcoming exhibition.

#StudioLIVE #GarrettBradley

More info: https://bit.ly/31CxyuI

The Studio Museum in Harlem's Shanta Lawson, Education Director, and Jennifer Harley, School & Community Partnership Coo...
10/24/2020

The Studio Museum in Harlem's Shanta Lawson, Education Director, and Jennifer Harley, School & Community Partnership Coordinator, recently met with our artist educators to kick off the new partnership year! They reconnected, ideated, and planned out what partnerships will look like in the year ahead.

Meet the artist educators below:

Imani Parkinson
Blake Paskal
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi
Nia I'man Smith
Jano Cortijo
Laura Betancur
Monique Schubert
Cecil Clay Jones
Iviva Olenick
Jeannette Rodríguez Píneda (not pictured, but we wanted to shout out!)

For more information on School Partnerships at the Museum, visit: https://bit.ly/2J3EsTq

For more information on Community Partnerships at the Museum, visit: https://bit.ly/3fCzZBG

10/23/2020

Thank you to all who attended Wednesday's Studio Lab: shades of blues panel discussion presented in collaboration with Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute.

The program continues! On November 14th, join Ivan Forde and Dave Adewumi in an online workshop to create a collective quilt using the cyanotype process. Discover the beauty of Prussian blue through exposing found, and significant domestic objects to sunlight—the magic of the luminous blue will be evoked in an improvised performance by Adewumi. The workshop is by application only as space and supplies are limited. Apply by Wednesday, October 28th!

For more information and to apply, visit: https://bit.ly/35wqIbc

#StudioLab #shadesofblues
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Featured Image: Ivan Forde, Holograph no.1 (wisdom eye), 2019 and Holograph no.2 (Timehri: mark of the hand), 2019. Silkscreen print on transparent holographic vinyl film and plexiglass, 4 x 8 ft. each. Photo: Paula Croxson/Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute

Teen Programs at the Studio Museum provide a safe environment for teens to express themselves creatively. Programs offer...
10/22/2020

Teen Programs at the Studio Museum provide a safe environment for teens to express themselves creatively. Programs offer students the opportunity to meet and converse with prominent visual artists, express their ideas in discussions, participate in tours and hands-on workshops, and develop important communication and critical thinking skills.

Applications are now open for the next cycle of Teen Programs at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Applications for Expanding the Walls and Teen Leadership Council are due Friday, November 13, 2020. We can't wait to build community with you!

More info here: https://bit.ly/3nitV6j

#TeenPrograms #ExpandingTheWalls #TeenLeadershipCouncil
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Image(s): Expanding the Walls 2019 Culmination. Photo: Rowa Lee

Guided by artist Ivan Forde, Zuckerman Institute Inaugural Education Lab Artist, Studio Lab: shades of blues explores th...
10/21/2020

Guided by artist Ivan Forde, Zuckerman Institute Inaugural Education Lab Artist, Studio Lab: shades of blues explores the intersections between the arts and sciences.

Over the course of the two-part program, including a panel discussion (tonight at 6pm EDT!) and workshop (November 14), participants are invited to unpack the power, influence, and lasting effects of the color blue in three forms: Feeling the blues in relation to mental health, seeing the blues as the hue is activated within the visual arts, and hearing the blues as a musical genre that gave voice to American and World culture.

RSVP for tonight's panel discussion here: https://bit.ly/3nTQizm

Panelists include: Ivan Forde, Dave Adewumi, Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin, and Dr. Sidney Hankerson in conversation. The Studio Museum's Daonne Huff, Director, Public Programs & Community Engagement, moderates the conversation.

#StudioLab #shadesofblues

10/20/2020

Tomorrow, join us for part one of our two-part program, Studio Lab: shades of blues, presented in collaboration with Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute and guided by artist Ivan Forde.

Forde will engage with Dave Adewumi, Dr. Sidney Hankerson, and Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin in an online panel discussion. Moderated by Studio Museum's Daonne Huff, Director, Public Programs & Community Engagement, the conversation will unpack the blues as the term relates to the visual arts, music, memory, and mental health.

The program will be streamed online via the Studio Museum's YouTube page, and will be available to view post-event on the Museum's website.

To RSVP for the program and learn more about the panelists, visit: https://bit.ly/37oWTvS

#StudioLab #shadesofblues

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Image: Ivan Forde, On God, 2019. Cyanotype and screen print on paper. Courtesy the artist.

"Minton's Playhouse opened in 1938 on the ground floor of the Cecil Hotel on 118th Street. Over the next decade it flour...
10/17/2020

"Minton's Playhouse opened in 1938 on the ground floor of the Cecil Hotel on 118th Street. Over the next decade it flourished as a late night jam session spot for young musicians, an incubator allowing a vast amount of experimentation to occur. If modern jazz had a place associated with its birth, it was Minton's.

Interested as I am in examining, locating and commemorating collective cultural experiences in historic moments of creative transition, particularly as related to modernism, a visit to Minton's seemed appropriate for this project. As suggested by the title and the image itself, 'One Note' at Minton's emphasizes the desire for a kind of 'reductive mythology.'" - Jennie C. Jones (featured artist, "Harlem Postcards Spring 2005")

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Image: Jennie C. Jones, One Note, 2005.

In collaboration with Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute, we are excited to announce Studio Lab: shades of blues,...
10/15/2020

In collaboration with Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute, we are excited to announce Studio Lab: shades of blues, a two-part program guided by Ivan Forde, Zuckerman Institute Inaugural Education Lab Artist and alumnus of Expanding the Walls.

Over the course of the two-part program, including a panel discussion (October 21) and workshop (November 14), participants are invited to unpack the power, influence, and lasting effects of the color blue in three forms: Feeling the blues in relation to mental health, seeing the blues as the hue is activated within the visual arts, and hearing the blues as a musical genre that gave voice to American and World culture. In unpacking the sensory emotions associated with the term, we can begin the process of understanding the healing effect the blues has as a form of expression.

To learn more about the program and to RSVP for the October 21st panel discussion, visit: https://bit.ly/3nTQizm
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Image: Ivan Forde, Holograph no.1 (wisdom eye), 2019 and Holograph no.2 (Timehri: mark of the hand), 2019. Silkscreen print on transparent holographic vinyl film and plexiglass, 8 x 4 ft. each. Photo: Paula Croxson/Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute

Artist Simone Leigh has been selected as the first black women to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale 202...
10/14/2020

Artist Simone Leigh has been selected as the first black women to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale 2022. Leigh will occupy the American Pavilion in the 59th edition of the international art exhibition, first organized in 1895. The Studio Museum in Harlem extends our most sincere congratulations to Leigh for this historic and well-deserved achievement.

As an alumna of the Studio Museum's Artist-in-Residence program, the Museum proudly supports Leigh's work, scholarship, and continued contributions to the arts. Today, we champion and celebrate her accomplishments, now and in the years to come!
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Image: Simone Leigh, 2010-2011 Artist in Residence. Photo: Ray A. Llanos.

The Studio Museum in Harlem acknowledges today as #IndigenousPeoplesDay. We celebrate, honor, and commemorate Indigenous...
10/12/2020

The Studio Museum in Harlem acknowledges today as #IndigenousPeoplesDay. We celebrate, honor, and commemorate Indigenous communities around the world, including Native American people and their histories. At the Studio Museum, we continue to be a site of dialogue and exchange and believe in the importance of expanding narratives as a means of providing a broader and richer understanding of tradition and culture in the United States and beyond. We stand in solidarity with American Indigenous people as they, in turn, help us to reimagine American history.

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Image: Brooke Williams (featured artist, "Harlem Postcards Summer 2007"), Hands, 2007.

For the works in his "Greek Alphabet" series, Jack Whitten placed objects such as cords or wires on a hard surface and s...
10/10/2020

For the works in his "Greek Alphabet" series, Jack Whitten placed objects such as cords or wires on a hard surface and set a large canvas over them. He applied layers of gesso, pigment, and acrylic slip to the canvas, which he then raked with tools he called "developers," made from altered rakes, saws, and Afro combs. For the artist, these objects were symbolic of African-American identity and history. Whitten referred to this technique, which created a striated surface that appears lit from within, as "weaving light."

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Jack Whitten (1939–2018), Khee I, 1978. Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 84 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Lawrence Levine, New York 1981.9

"It is a slippery position between exploiting the black male archetype and honoring that same black maleness. In this il...
10/09/2020

"It is a slippery position between exploiting the black male archetype and honoring that same black maleness. In this illusion, between control and care, I want to begin to unpack power relations around race and gender. Through interaction, humor and material, I encourage viewers to relate to my work not only through physicality, but also by opening a dialogue that depends on their perception.

Through aesthetic stylization each black hairstyle seeks to revalorize the ethnic signifier, and the political significance of each re-articulation of value and meaning depends on the historical conditions under which each style emerges.

Spaces of oral histories are central to my work. This piece was inspired by the timeless barbershop posters I find all over Harlem, and by the safety zones, educational spaces and playful social realms that black barbershops provide. I want to catalyze such a space through my work." - Heather Hart (featured artist, "Harlem Postcards Summer 2014)

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Image: Heather Hart, Build-A-Brother Workshop (The Paper Doll Barbershop Poster), 2014

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985) is invested in the shifting ecosystems of black epistemologies, and the agile relations...
10/08/2020

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985) is invested in the shifting ecosystems of black epistemologies, and the agile relationships between the varied modes of reading, writing, archiving, editing, translating, publishing, reflecting upon, and arranging narratives about lived black experiences. With interests in the generative qualities of incompleteness, leakage, dispersal, syncretism (spiritual and otherwise), and choreography (of movement, of learning, of affect), Rasheed works across an ecosystem of iterative and provisional projects. These projects include sprawling, architecturally-scaled Xerox-based collages; large-scale text banner installations; publications; digital archives; lecture-performances; library interventions; poems/poetic gestures; and other forms yet to be determined.

Tune-in tonight at 6pm EDT on Instagram to catch Kameelah in conversation with Legacy Russell!

#KameelahJananRasheed #StudioLIVE
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Image 1: Headshot of Kameelah Janan Rasheed. Courtesy Kameelah Janan Rasheed.
Image 2: Kameelah Janan Rasheed, A Causal Mathematics (installation view), 2019. Courtesy the artist and NOME Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

10/08/2020

TONIGHT, at 6:00 pm EDT, join us for an intimate Instagram live conversation between Brooklyn-based educator and interdisciplinary artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Exhibitions. Rasheed's practice explores the poetics of language, syntax, and grammar through fragmentation as a means to destabilize and decolonize structures of learning. Dedicated to creating and building a more holistic and inclusionary system of learning, Rasheed investigates language to expose how knowledge is produced and disseminated. In this live conversation, Rasheed and Russell will explore the production of knowledge as well as how one's faith—in times of devotion and uncertainty—takes form in the physical world and in our own words.

Follow Kameelah Janan Rasheed on Instagram here: @kameelahr

#KameelahJananRasheed #StudioLIVE

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