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Summer Opening 2012 [Photos]

Highlights

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  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

On Wednesday, June 13, guests were invited to the opening of the Summer 2012 Exhibitions and Projects: Caribbean: Crossroads of the World; Primary Sources: 2011-12 Artists in Residence; Illuminations: Expanding the Walls 2012; and Harlem Postcards Summer 2012. The old meets the new in this refreshing group of exhibitions with works spanning from the 1790s through 2012, including new works from this year's artists in residence: Njideka Akunyili, Meleko Mokgosi and Xaviera Simmons. 

Thelma's on Instagram!

  • Photo: Thelma Golden

We are so excited that our Director and Chief Curator has joined the Instagram bandwagon! Search for thelmagolden and check out her instagram—it's our new obsession!

Spring Luncheon 2012 [Photos]

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  • The Studio Museum in Harlem Spring Luncheon. Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Guest Honoree Debra L. Lee, Chairman & CEO, BET Networks.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Gerald Leavell, ETW and Youth Programs Coordinator and ETW participant and speaker, Zeus Eugene.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Director & Chief Curator Thelma Golden and Jeanine Liburd
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Jacqueline Nickelberry
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • L-R: Alicia Bythewood, Thelma Golden and Star Jones
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Christine Y. Kim and daughter Lulu Grier-Kim.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • R-L: Meleko Mokgosi, Thomas Lax , Liz Gwinn, and Njideka Akunyili.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Jonelle Procope and Debra Lee
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Nicole Ari Parker and Debra Lee.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Marcus Samuelsson, Thelma Golden, Mario Rinaldi
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Dominic Hackley and Erin Gilbert presenting champagne jeroboam.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Deborah Roberts and Crystal McCrary
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

On Friday, May 11, 2012, The Studio Museum in Harlem held its sixth annual Spring Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental New York, saluting Debra L. Lee, Chairman & CEO, BET Netowrks.

OBJECTification with Jennie C. Jones [Photos]

Teaching and Learning Workshop for Educators

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  • Artist Jennie C. Jones discusses her work in current exhibition Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions to a group of educators.

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

Another behind-the-scenes look! Artist Jennie C. Jones sparked a dynamic conversation with educators and teaching artists about the relationship between space, art and sound.

Spring 2012 Opening [Photos]

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  • Main gallery space featuring Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • 2010-11 Studio Museum AIR Kamau Amu Patton with spring 2012 Harlem Postcards artist Leilah Weinraub.
    Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Who, What, Wear: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • John Outterbridge's The Rag Factory in the main gallery space. 

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Assistant Curator Naima Keith and Tim Stockton of Visitor Services. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem (entrance). Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Artist Jacolby Satterwhite in front of his installtion Country Ball 1989-2010. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Viewer admiring Jennie C. Jones's Objects. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes and artist Lorraine O'Grady. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Artist Ralph Lemon with Thelma Golden. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Thelma Golden and Marcus Samuelsson. Photo: Scott Rudd

On March 28, guests were invited to preview the Spring 2012 Exhibitions and Projects: Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions; Ralph Lemon: 1856 Cessna Road; and Harlem Postcards. Highlights include work by artists Nayland Blake, Jennie C. Jones, Lorraine O’Grady, John Outterbridge and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as recent contributions to The Bearden Project. A wonderful and refreshing preview to kick off the Spring season!

The Perfect Sweater!

Laduma Ngxokolo unites tradition and style

Yinka Shonibare’s Message in a Bottle

Hybrid Citizen-Ship

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  • Yinka Shobinare
    Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, 2010
    Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York. Photo: Stephen White 

  • Yinka Shobinare
    Nelson's Ship in a Bottle (detail), 2010.
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • National Maritime Museum Design Proposal
    Courtesy The National Maritime Museum
    © The Art Fund 2011

  • Ingar Dragset and Michael Elmgreen
    Powerless Structure, Fig 101, 2011
    Courtesy the artists and Fourth Plinth Commission.

Entering Trafalgar Square in London, it was nearly impossible to miss the curious installation of an impressive ship in a bottle. Placed atop the Fourth Plinth in front of the National Gallery from May 24th 2010 to last week, was the whimsically oversized model Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle (2010) by British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Shonibare, celebrated for his potent, yet playful, post-colonial perspective and symbolic use of West African textiles, last exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in a 2002 solo show. His recent site-specific sculpture across the pond was commissioned by the Mayor of London and Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group as part of a contemporary public art initiative.

My Favorite Recent Arrivals at the Museum Store!

  • Photo: Dominic Hackley

The Museum Store is always full of an incredible assortment of art books, stunning hand crafted jewelry, clothing, and an array of gifts, but my favorite items at the moment are the glass tumblers featuring Odili Donald Odita’s Refuge & Flight, 2002 and Third Text, 2000. Choose your favorite or buy both to create a set—just make sure to act quickly because they are in limited supply and they are only available at the Studio Museum! The tumblers are sold separately for $10, but Museum members will receive a 20% discount. Visit the Museum Store website here to browse our other fantastic items. 

Absorb/Diffuse

Jennie C. Jones at The Kitchen

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  • Absorb/Diffuse (Installation view) Photo: David Allison. Courtesy The Kitchen

  • Absorb/Diffuse (Installation view) Photo: David Allison. Courtesy The Kitchen

  • Absorb/Diffuse (Installation view) Photo: David Allison. Courtesy The Kitchen

  • Absorb/Diffuse (Installation view) Photo: David Allison. Courtesy The Kitchen

  • Absorb/Diffuse (Installation view) Photo: David Allison. Courtesy The Kitchen

  • Absorb/Diffuse (Installation view) Photo: David Allison. Courtesy The Kitchen

Fans of the Studio Museum's Studio Sound series will love Absorb/Diffuse, Jennie C. Jones's solo exhibition at The Kitchen that explores the mechanics of sound and how it is experienced. Curated by Matthew Lyons, the exhibition's focus is From the Low, an original score commissed by The Kitchen that Jones meticulously composed using samples culled from appropriated sources. Absorb/Diffuse also features Jones's Acoustic Paintings, mixed media works that combine soundproofing foam and other materials. The exhibition is currently on view but it ends October 29th so make sure to catch it before it closes!

 

A New Yorker Heads West

An Art-Filled L.A. Weekend

  • Me inside Chris Burden’s Urban Light (2008) LACMA installation

It was with great excitement that I traveled to Los Angeles two weekends ago to participate in the kick-start of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a six-month initiative highlighting the rich and evolving art scene of this vibrant city. Having been born and raised in New York City, I have come to cherish its unique cultural history—claiming “Museum Mile” as my own backyard and its prestigious museums as my playground. Yet while inherently proud of New York-centric cultural movements such as the Harlem Renaissance and abstract expressionist painting, arts of the West Coast have always held a strong element of intrigue for me as well: pop, performance, conceptual art, collaboration! It was thus with keen anticipation that I embarked upon finally experiencing this Western cultural locus in person.