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Converging Voices, Transforming Dialogue: Selections from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection

  • iona rozeal brown
    Weave Attack (After Yoshitoshi's "Smoky: The Appearance of a Housewife of the Kyowa Era"), 2007.
    Courtesy of the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection.


Converging Voices, Transforming Dialogue: Selections from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection

Converging Voices, Transforming Dialogue truly seeks to highlight the extraordinary contributions by artists of the Diaspora including Ernest Crichlow, Charles Sebree, iona rozeal brown and Kehinde Wiley among others. The former NBA player and his wife began collecting in 1996 and since then have amassed an amazing collection of modern and contemporary works by artists of African descent.

Presented by the Texas Southern University at the University Museum, the exhibition will be on view through August 21, 2011.

Blast from the Past

Freestyle turns 10

Recently I happened across this wonderful photo of the artists in Freestyle (April 28–June 24, 2001)—which celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring!


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The entire Museum staff is very inspired to do a little in-office exercise today! Join us!

Not So Far After All

Lauren Haynes shares her recent Bronx Museum visit

  • Stargazers (installation view)
    Courtesy The Bronx Museum

One of my pet peeves is when people use the Studio Museum’s uptown location as a reason for not visiting the Museum very often and missing out on our great programs. So, I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that I use the same excuse for why I don’t go to the Bronx Museum all that often. Although I currently live in Brooklyn, I grew up in the Bronx, so there’s really no excuse for me not to visit my home borough more often. On Friday evening, I made the (quick) 30-minute train ride from the Studio Museum to the Bronx Museum for a panel discussion about Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists.


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"Grey Matter" matters.

notes from a Rwandan film premiere

  • Kivu Ruhorahoza

    Grey Matter (still), 2011

Last night I was lucky to get a ticket to Grey Matter (Matière Grise) at the Tribeca Film Festival (thanks Roya!). Grey Matter is the first feature film by young Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza. In fact, TFF bills it as "the very first feature-length narrative film directed by a Rwandan filmmaker living in his homeland." I am ashamed to say that given that description, I went to Clearview Chelsea expecting something promising and pretty good, maybe a little Nollywood, maybe a little MFA-in-film. Full of raw promise but needing some refinement. How good could the very first feature film from an entire country be, anyway?

J’aime mon écharpe!

A Fluxus Epiphany

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  • Scarf by Fluxus artist Ben Vautier

  • Scarf by Fluxus artist Ben Vautier

If you have ever seen me in the winter months, you know that my face is more often than not perpetually swaddled, mummy-style, in a thick, black woolen scarf with white cursive writing covering it. But this scarf, pilfered from my mother who bought it in Paris years ago, is more than just a warm and aesthetically-pleasing defense against the cold. What I never realized, until an incredibly astute former colleague and Fluxus connoisseur pointed it out to me only a few weeks ago, is that this scarf is in fact a work of art by French Fluxus artist Ben Vautier (b. 1935).

Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquistions

Emerging Artists of Color

  • Mickalene Thomas
    Lovely Six Foota, 2007.
    C-print, 19 x 23 3/8 in.
    Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

In celebration of the museum's fifth anniversary, this stunning exhibition of works from the Nasher's permanent collection features a variety of contemporary artists of African descent.

Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquistions will be on view through August 14, 2011 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

The Whole World Was Watching

Civil Rights-Era Photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil

  • Danny Lyon
    Singing Group at the March on Washington, 1963.
    Basis for the SNCC poster titled "Now," 1963 (Aug. 28) Washington, D.C.; Danny Lyon from "Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement"
    The Menil Collection, Houston
    gift of Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil
    Photo: Hester + Hardaway Photographers Fayetteville, Texas

This striking collection of photographs features images captured during the height of the radical changes brought on by the 1960s Civil Rights movement. 

The Whole World Was Watching: Civil Rights-Era Photographs will be on view through September 25, 2011 at The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.


Elizabeth Catlett's Forever Love

  • Sharecropper, 1946
    oil on canvas
    ©Elizabeth Catlett
    Licensed by VAGA New York, NY
    Collection of John Hortense Russell
    Courtesy Sragow Gallery

At the request of the artist, Ellen Sragow curated this wonderful exhibition, which brings together Catlett's iconic Sharecropper images, as well as other, rarely seen works.


Digame: Elizabeth Catlett's Forever Love will be on view through May 25 at the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African-American Research, Harvard University.