The American Folk Art Museum’s exhibition on Bill Traylor, perhaps the most extensive to date and certainly the most in-depth consideration of his work in a New York museum, is the final justification of Traylor as a canonical self-taught artist. It is also an emphatic validation for Charles Shannon, who “discovered” Traylor in 1939 and began archiving his work. His persistent efforts to exhibit Traylor and garner appreciation for his work in cultural institutions are thoroughly discussed in the exhibition. In this, the exhibition is nearly a double homage: to the artist and to the preserver.
A career retrospective of the fashion designer Stephen Burrows opened at the Museum of the City of New York this spring and has been the most current highlight in the over 40-year career of a designer who has seen many highlights.
radicalpresenceny.org, the website accompanying the forthcoming Studio Museum exhibition (co-presented with the Grey Art Gallery at NYU), Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art has launched today!
On Wednesday, March 27, guests were invited to preview the Studio Museum's Spring 2013 Exhibitions and Projects: David Hartt: Stray Light, Fred Wilson: Local Color, Ayé A. Aton: Space-Time Continuum, Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher, Assembly Required: Selections From the Permanent Collection, Brothers and Sisters, and Harlem Postcards: Spring 2013.
A brief look into Untitled (Structures): Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with Bradford Young
Former Studio Museum artist-in-residence and 2010 recipient of the Joyce Alexander Wein Prize, Leslie Hewitt (b. 1977) brings a fresh and dynamic perspective into how we visually experience our history in her new film installation, Untitled (Structures) (2012), at the Menil Collection in Houston.
Former Studio Museum in Harlem artist-in-residence, Terry Adkins, brings together thirty years of work for his new installation at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The works of art in Recital pay homage to the legacies of Bessie Smith, W. E. B. Du Bois, John Brown, Matthew Henson and John Coltrane, among others. Adkins’s creative research sheds light on lesser-known aspects of their biographies, such as Jimi Hendrix’s military training as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, or the question of Beethoven’s Moorish ancestry. In his sculpture, photography, and video, Adkins transforms and re-purposes a range of found materials, archival imagery, and reclaimed actions in a process that he calls potential disclosure.
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"Communicating with Shadows" Series
In "Communicating with Shadows," New York-based artist Derrick Adams selects iconic photographic documentations of performances by post-war artists including Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Senga Nengudi and David Hammons. He projects these images, adding slight animation and a soundtrack composed by Ramon Silva, then improvises in front of them, casting his own shadow over the original images. Adams uses mass-produced objects as props and costumes to create what he calls “an attempt to channel the original performances' essence and intention.” Animating the original live action, Adams transforms still photographs into the conceptual building blocks and interactive sets of his performances.
Performed on May 4, 2012 at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
In Hands On: Photography – Preserving Legacy students participated in a project that documented their family and communities over the course of a week. In this two-part workshop, photographer and educator Jamel Shabazz shared his work, discussed his art-making philosophy, and offered practical and technical direction for taking photos. Shabazz guided students in an invaluable project that preserves the legacy of what is important to them through photography.