Performa 09: Back to Futurism

RoseLee Goldberg in conversation with Shirin Neshat and Wangechi Mutu

  • Left to right: Shirin Neshat, Wangechi Mutu, RoseLee Goldberg
    Photo: Eric Booker

Celebrating the newest publication by Performa Founding Director and Curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa 09: Back To Futurism surveys the New York visual art performance landscape as it was during the last Performa biennial in 2009. Though it might seem a bit belated for the release of such a book, Goldberg’s intent is not just for the present, but for the “art historians of the future,” thirty years from now, who will use documents like this and the two previously published volumes to get a snapshot of what was going on with live performance art in 2009.

Live from Pacific Standard Time

A healthy contingency of Studio Museum representatives flew to Los Angeles this weekend to check out Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a region-wide initiative to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene. Funded by The J. Paul Getty Trust, 60+ cultural institutions in Southern California are simultaneously showcasing exhibitions that highlight major L.A. art movements from 1945-1980.

  • Betye Saar

    Indigo Mercy, 1975

    Collection of The Studio Museum in Harlem

    Gift of the Nzingha Society, Inc.

Rico Gatson

Three Trips Around the Block

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  • Rico Gatson

    Nape of the Neck, Small of the Back, 2006

    Museum Purchase  07.11.1

  • Rico Gatson

    Spirit, Myth, Ritual, Liberation (Video Still), 2008


Rico Gatson opens his mid-career retrospective entitled Three Trips Around the Block tonight at Exit Art. A frequent exhibitor at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Gatson participated in the groundbreaking group show Freestyle (2001), curated by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Gatson's work - videos, performances, sculptures and paintings oftentimes dominated by kaleidoscopic imagery and high-contrast patterns - conceptually mines the process of mourning and liberating tragic African American histories.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Is Almost Here!

The Studio Museum is thrilled to announce our participation in the 2011 Smithsonian magazine Museum Day, September 24, 2011! Along with hundreds of other participating institutions across the nation, we will provide free admission to visitors who present a Museum Day Admission Ticket, available for download free of charge on the Museum Day website. Download your ticket now and join us on Saturday!

For more information on participating venues and Museum Day events, visit the website, follow @MuseumDay on twitter, or visit the Faceboook page.

Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk - An Introspective

  • Sanford Biggers
    Seen, 2009
    Courtesy of the artist and Michael Klein Arts, New York

Congratulations to former Studio Museum artist in residence Sanford Biggers on his first solo museum exhibition in New York, opening today at the Brooklyn Museum. Sweet Funk - An Introspective is a focused selection of thirteen pieces that includes Blossom (2007): a large gnarled tree bisecting a jauntily placed piano, whose keys move to an eerie carnival tune from some unseen actor. Meant as a glimpse of his past work, this show touches on themes that pervade Biggers’ oeuvre: pianos, performance art, trees, painted quilts, whiteface, Buddhism and the circus. Organized by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art. Open to the public Septempber 23, 2011–January 8, 2012.

  • Sanford Biggers
    Blossom, 2007
    Courtesy of the artist and Michael Klein Arts, New York

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

  • Original footage by Tom Goetz
    Angela Davis (Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975), 1967-1975
    Courtesy of Third Streaming (NY)

Curated by Yona Backer and Göran Hugo Olsson, The Black Power Mixtape includes film stills, never-before-seen footage and ephemera from the documentary of the same name which is screening at select theaters in New York.  

On view at Third Streaming through October 15, 2011.

Join Us For Target Free Sundays!

Sundays are often the best days to relax with the ones you love and of course visit the Studio Museum for Target Free Sundays! Throughout August we hosted a number of fun, free activities that the whole family can enjoy, including gallery tours and hands-on activities such as pinhole camera making, collage-making inspired by artist Romare Bearden, and “re-imaging” the photographs of this year’s Expanding the Walls participants.

"Becoming" at the Nasher Museum of Art

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  • Charlie Phillips
    Notting Hill Couple, 1967
    Dr. Kenneth Montague/ The Wedge Collection

  • Dennis Morris
    Sister Cool, 1974
    © Dennis Morris Dr. Kenneth Montague/ The Wedge Collection

  • Jürgen Schadeberg
    Making Up (Priscilla Mtimkulu), 1954
    Dr. Kenneth Montague/ The Wedge Collection

Drawing from scholar Stuart Hall’s notion of cultural identity as both a state of "becoming" and "being," the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Toronto collector Kenneth Montague present Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection, a collaboration pulling together a collection of over 100 works from artists of African descent within the last century. The show is on view at the Nasher Museum through January 8th, 2012. Featuring the works of such noted artists as Dawoud Bey, Malick Sidibé, Hank Willis Thomas, and Mickalene Thomas the exhibition presents over 60 artists throughout the African Diaspora.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya's "Studio Work"

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  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya's zine "Studio Work" (2011)

  • A spread in Paul Mpagi Sepuya's zine "Studio Work" (2011)

  • A spread in Paul Mpagi Sepuya's zine "Studio Work" (2011)

  • A spread in Paul Mpagi Sepuya's zine "Studio Work" (2011)

During Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s residency at the Studio Museum he created a series of photographs of friends, fellow artists and members of his community in his studio. Some of these works are featured in an installation entitled Studio Work (2011) in Evidence of Accumulation, along with brand new works by Sepuya’s fellow artists in residence Simone Leigh and Kamau Amu Patton.

Studio Magazine Sneak Peak!

With our summer exhibition season upon us, we are just a day away from the arrival of the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Studio magazine! As usual, the issue will be released with two different covers: one features a stunning painting by Emma Amos in honor of our Spiral exhibition and the other celebrates the Romare Bearden Centennial with a portrait of Bearden by preeminent photographer Frank Stewart.

Starting Thursday, July 14 you can stop by the museum to see our summer exhibitions and pick up a copy for yourself!