Apr 22, 2023
429 W 127th Street New York, NY 10027
Join the 2022–23 artists in residence, Jeffrey Meris, Devin N. Morris, and Charisse Pearlina Weston, as they open their studios to the public at Studio Museum 127.
Visitors are invited to meet the artists and be among the first to view their works in progress. Conceived at the formation of the Studio Museum over fifty years ago, the Artist-in-Residence program remains central to the Museum's mission.
Open Studios is free and open to all. Studio Museum 127, our temporary programming space, is located at 429 West 127th Street between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues.
This program is accessible by wheelchair and other forms of mobility assistance.
Use the QR codes throughout Studio Museum 127 to access our free digital guide to learn more about the artists and explore their practices and inspirations.
Jeffrey Meris (b. 1991, Haiti) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice engages with the relationship between materiality and larger cultural and social phenomenon. Working across sculpture,
Jeffrey Meris (b. 1991, Haiti) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice engages with the relationship between materiality and larger cultural and social phenomenon. Working across sculpture, installation, performance, and drawing, Meris’s work considers ecology, embodiment, and various lived experiences, while healing deeply personal and historical wounds. Meris earned an AA in arts and crafts from the University of the Bahamas in 2012, a BFA in sculpture from the Tyler School of Art in 2015, and an MFA in visual arts from Columbia University in 2019. Meris has exhibited at the Amon Carter Museum, Texas (2023); the Alrich Museum, Connecticut (2023); Lehman Maupin, New York (2022); James Cohan Gallery, New York (2021); White Columns, New York (2021); the Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco (2020); Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany (2017); and the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, the D'Aguilar Art Foundation, and Mestre Projects, all in Nassau, Bahamas (2012, 2017, 2021). Meris is a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture alum (2019); a NXTHVN Studio Fellow, New Haven (2020); and a Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program artist in residence, Brooklyn (2021). Always Jeffrey never "Jeff."
Devin N. Morris (b. 1986, Baltimore, MD; lives and works in Brooklyn) is interested in abstracting American life and subverting traditional value systems through the exploration of racial and sexual
Devin N. Morris (b. 1986, Baltimore, MD; lives and works in Brooklyn) is interested in abstracting American life and subverting traditional value systems through the exploration of racial and sexual identity in mixed media paintings, photographs, writings, and videos. His works present innocent and kind recollections of memories within surreal landscapes and elaborate, draped environments that reimagine the social boundaries imposed on interactions between friends, romantic partners, and family. Morris’s process of making is driven by improvisation and responding to changing environments where space, kinship, social interrogation, and available materials are explored and reflected.
Recent exhibitions include solo presentations On Paper, Deli Gallery, New York (2021) and Play Too Much, Baby Company, New York (2019); group exhibitions No Place, PPOW, New York (2020); The Skin I Live In, Lyles and King, New York (2021); and Potemkin/Body, Lubov, New York (2018). Morris was also included in The Aesthetics of Matter, the first New York City–based curatorial project by Deux Femme Noires: Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont (2018). He was featured in the New Museum’s MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas: Consciousness Razing—The Stonewall Re-Memorialization Project (2018), and the two-person show, Inside Out, Here, La Mama Gallery, New York (2018).
Morris is the founder of 3 Dot Zine, a publication and public forum for marginalized concerns. He hosted the Brown Paper Zine & Small Press Fair with The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2018 and created a site-specific installation at the MoMA PS1 2018 NY Art Book Fair. His solo show at Terrault Contemporary was listed in Artforum as the “Best of 2017,” and Time named him as one of “12 African American Photographers You Should Follow” in 2017. Morris received the 2019 New York Artadia Award.
Charisse Pearlina Weston (b. 1988, Houston, TX; lives and works in Brooklyn) is a conceptual artist and writer whose work emerges from deep material investigations of the symbolic and literal curls,
Charisse Pearlina Weston (b. 1988, Houston, TX; lives and works in Brooklyn) is a conceptual artist and writer whose work emerges from deep material investigations of the symbolic and literal curls, layerings, and collapses of space, poetics, and the autobiographical. She deploys the fold, concealment, and repetition within her work as tactics of conceptual abstraction, which posits Black interior life as a central site for Black resistance. She holds a BA in art history from the University of North Texas; a Modern Art: History, Curating and Criticism MSc from the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh College of Art; and an MFA in studio art, with a critical theory emphasis, from the University of California, Irvine. She is an alumna of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program (2019–20).
She has exhibited in group shows at Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2020); Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School, New York (2022); and the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2022). She exhibited in solo exhibitions at Abrons Art Center, New York (2020); Project Row Houses, Houston (2014, 2015); Recess, Brooklyn (2021); and the Moody Center of the Arts at Rice University, Houston (2021). She will present her first solo museum exhibition at the Queens Museum, New York, in October 2022. She has received awards and fellowships from Artadia Fund for the Arts (2015); the Dallas Museum of Art (2014); the Dedalus Foundation (MFA Fellowship, 2019); the Harpo Foundation (2021); the Graham Foundation (2021); and the Museum of Art and Design (Artist Fellow, 2021). In 2021, she received the Museum of Art and Design’s Burke Prize. She was Fields of the Future Fellow at Bard Graduate School in fall 2022. She is a 2022 Jerome Hill Fellow by the Jerome Foundation and will be a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University during the 2023/24 academic year.
The Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in-Residence program is funded by the Glenstone Foundation. Additional support for the Artist-in Residence program provided by The American Express Kenneth and Kathryn Chenault Sponsorship Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; Joy of Giving Something; Robert Lehman Foundation; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Anonymous; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and by endowments established by the Andrea Frank Foundation; the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Trust; and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Learning and Engagement programs are supported by the Thompson Foundation Education Fund; Van Cleef & Arpels; William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; Con Edison; Harlem Community Development Corporation; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Sony Music Group; and Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts.
Additional funding is generously provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.