Oct 23, 2021
How does clothing inform our perception of our private selves and our public presentations? How is meaning conveyed through fashion? Join co-facilitators danilo machado and Rikki Byrd and special guest Antoine Gregory, founder of Black Fashion Fair, as we consider different modes of (self)-fashion(ing) as it intersects with race and community. Entry points of this first salon will include family photographs, the hoodie, and Harlem as a center of Black fashion.
Inspired by the sculptural practice of Thomas J. Price and in support of his exhibition: Thomas J. Price: Witness taking place in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, Studio Salon: Conversations in the Commons will offer participants an opportunity to examine key themes and ideas addressed in Price’s practice through literary texts and works of art. Salon topics will include fashion, surveillance, monuments and public space, and portraiture and Black masculinity. For every session, we’ll unpack key texts through conversation and creative prompts, as well as supplementary materials for further explorations.
Pulling from Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and the exhibition’s curatorial vision, we aim “to (re-)define and (re-)imagine “the commons” as perceived within a UK context by examining questions of black diaspora, public and private space, monument, participation, history and power.”
This program seeks to provide opportunities to contemplate complex and abstract themes and to commune with new and existing peers.
Live CART Captioning and ASL interpreter will be provided.
|Devan Shimoyama, Untitled (For Trayvon), 2020||Jason Reynolds, “Match” (2020)|
|Essex Hemphill, “HOMOCIDE: For Ronald Gibson”||Article: Fashion and Race, “The Hoodie as Sign, Screen, Expectation, and Force”|
|Carol Tulloch, “‘We Also Should Walk In The Newness of Life’: Individualized Harlem Style of The 1930s,” The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora.||Article: “Tragedy Gives The Hoodie A Whole New Meaning” (2012)|
|Book: Tanisha C. Ford, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (2017)|
|Studio Museum Harlem Postcards Archives|
|James Van Der Zee collection at the Studio Museum|
Born in Medellín, Colombia, danilo machado is a poet, curator, and critic living on occupied land interested in language’s potential for revealing tenderness, erasure, and relationships to power. An
Born in Medellín, Colombia, danilo machado is a poet, curator, and critic living on occupied land interested in language’s potential for revealing tenderness, erasure, and relationships to power. An honors graduate of the University of Connecticut, danilo is producer of public programs at the Brooklyn Museum and curatorial assistant at Socrates Sculpture Park. danilo is the curator of the exhibitions Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text (Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT, 2019-20), support structures (Virtual/8th Floor Gallery, featuring the 2019-20 cohort of Art Beyond Sight’s Art and Disability Residency), and We turn (EFA Project Space, 2021). A 2020-2021 Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow, their writing has been featured in Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Rail, ArtCritical, Art Papers, Poem-a-Day, the Recluse, GenderFail, TAYO Literary Magazine, and alongside exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation, Abrons Art Center/Boston Center for the Arts, and Real Art Ways. They are working to show up with care for their communities. [Image Description: A queer brown person wearing corduroy overalls, brown mask, and pink glasses poses with one leg crossed over the other. They stand on a gray stone path littered with leaves and surrounded by greenery.]
Rikki Byrd is a writer, educator, and curator, with research interests in Black studies, performance studies, fashion studies, and art history. Her research has been published in several academic
Rikki Byrd is a writer, educator, and curator, with research interests in Black studies, performance studies, fashion studies, and art history. Her research has been published in several academic journals, books, and exhibition catalogs. She has also written for Teen Vogue, Artsy, and Hyperallergic, among several other media outlets. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in African American Studies at Northwestern University, where her research focuses on the way clothing and textiles are used in performances of mourning across the Black diaspora. She is also a curatorial research assistant at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Antoine Gregory is a fashion consultant and editorial stylist based in New York. He is a graduate from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a background in fashion and art history. His
Antoine Gregory is a fashion consultant and editorial stylist based in New York. He is a graduate from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a background in fashion and art history. His dedication to the preservation and documentation of Black fashion, style, and culture led him to found Black Fashion Fair. Black Fashion Fair is a platform dedicated to uplifting Black designers through commerce and education and blackness in fashion through photography, editorial, and film. Black Fashion Fair continues to advocate for greater access and visibility while making space for Black designers to contribute to the canon of fashion. Gregory has worked on special projects for brands such as Pyer Moss and Telfar and continues to collaborate with emerging designers of colour. Gregory currently serves as Brand Director for Theophilio.
Studio Salon explores the dynamic intersections of literature and contemporary art through artist talks, book launches and writing workshops.
The Studio Museum in Harlem digital programs are supported by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s Frankenthaler Digital Initiative. Thomas J. Price: Witness is made possible thanks to the Open Society Foundations. Support for inHarlem provided by Citi and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is generously provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Council.