Studio Lab | shades of blues

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

Oct 21, 2020

Conversations & Screenings, Watch & Listen 2020

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, The Studio Museum in Harlem presents Studio Lab: shades of blues. This exploration of the intersections between the arts and sciences will be guided by the artist Ivan Forde, Zuckerman Institute Inaugural Education Lab Artist and alumnus of the Studio Museum’s Expanding the Walls program. 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.


shades of blues Discussion  
On Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 pm EDT, artist Ivan Forde will join Dave Adewumi, Dr. Sidney Hankerson, and Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin in conversation. 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 website.


shades of blues Panelists

Ivan Forde works across printmaking, sound, and installation. Ivan's training in English literature and epic poetry guides the themes he explores in his visual art practice such as migration, memory, and homeland. Awards and Fellowships include the Baxter Street Camera Club 2020 Emerging Artist Award, Civitella Ranieri Fellowship 2019, The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans class of 2017, ACRE Projects, Vermont Studio Center, Pioneer Works, and the Lower East Side Printshop. His work has been included in group exhibitions and performances at Visitor Welcome Center, Syracuse University Palitz gallery, MICA, The Jewish Museum, SCAD, MCA Chicago, the Whitney Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the International Print Center, Lagos Photo Festival 17, and a 2018 solo exhibition at The Baxter Street Camera Club of New York. Ivan teaches at Columbia University and SUNY Purchase college.

Dave Adewumi is an award-winning trumpet player and composer, captivated by the transcendental nature of music. From his Nigerian upbringing in New Hampshire, he established an unquenchable thirst for music creation leading him to study at the New England Conservatory. He was a member of the 2015 Jazz and Creative Music Workshop at The Banff Center and later that year studied with Vijay Iyer at Harvard University. In 2016 Dave was accepted to the highly selective Juilliard Jazz Masters Program and would go on to be the first jazz musician and trumpet player to receive the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. In 2019 he was awarded 1st prize in the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition. His most recent collaborations have been with Jason Moran and the Bandwagon’s Absence of Ruin, and Dave Douglas’s Engage and Dizzy Atmosphere. 

Dr. Sidney Hankerson is a Co-Director of the Columbia University Wellness Center and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed a NIMH-funded research fellowship focused on partnering with Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) to reduce mental health disparities. He participated in the White House Dialogue on Men’s Health after publishing the first-ever depression screening study in African-American churches. He was also a panelist for the White House Making Healthcare Better Series, designed to highlight how partnering with trusted community settings, like FBOS, can increase access to mental health care.  Dr. Hankerson is a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid, an evidence-based mental health literacy intervention, and has delivered this training to clergy, community members with serious mental illness, and other community members. As a clinician, Dr. Hankerson provides direct clinical services to patients at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Harlem, New York.

Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin is a neuroscientist and Simons Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University.  She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the New York University School of Medicine, and dual bachelor degrees in biology and adolescent education from St. John’s University. As a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Richard Axel, she investigates transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, or how trauma in parents affect the brain structure and sensory experience of their future offspring. During her graduate studies, in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Froemke, Dr. Marlin examined how the brain adapts to care for a newborn. Her findings uncovered a fundamental role of the neuromodulator oxytocin during the transition to motherhood. She aims to utilize neurobiology and the science of learning to better inform both the scientific and educational community on how positive experiences dictate brain health, academic performance, and social well being. Dr. Marlin is an incoming Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and will be opening her lab at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute in 2021.


Studio Lab

Immersive, multi-session courses facilitated by artists, educators, and experts focusing on themes that use the arts and cultural studies as a jump-off point for cross-disciplinary explorations.  


inHarlem is supported in part by Citi; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s digital programs have been made possible thanks to support provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s Frankenthaler Digital Initiative and Art Bridges.

Additional funding is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.