The Talented Mr. Smith: Catching Up with a Young Designer

The two-hour trip from Harlem to St. Albans, Queens, is a trek and a pilgrimage that takes you from the brownstone bustle to quaint tree-lined streets. St. Albans is fabled for the Black luminaries who called it home—from W.E.B. DuBois to Lena Horne to LL Cool J. Budding fashion designer and autodidact LaQuan Smith intends to add his name to this list.

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Expanding the Walls Culminating Celebration

At one point or another, we all have a “Greatest Love of All” moment. The 1986 song performed by Whitney Houston waxes sentimental about the potential for young people to become positive leaders and create great futures as they grow.

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The Artist as Educator at the Getty Museum

The Getty Museum’s newest educational initiative Open Studio: A Collection of Artmaking Ideas by Artists launched this summer and is shaking up traditional approaches to museum education. Developed by artist Mark Bradford, Open Studio shifts authorship, which traditionally resides with professional educators, to a dynamic group of contemporary artists, many of whom are featured in Studio Museum’s collection. Among the ranks are artists Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker and Kerry James Marshall.

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Summer Book Picks

The Studio Museum staff recommends a few new and noteworthy reads that you should flip through this Summer. Let us know what you've been reading--email us!

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Perspective: My Harlem: Between D.F. and Dakar: Flavors of 116th Street

Perspective: My Harlem is a feature in Studio magazine and on the web that invites Studio Museum staff members—who commute from areas as far as Elizabeth, NJ and as close as a block away—to offer their own narratives of the neighborhood in which we work.

Special Projects Assistant, Gabrielle Lopez, offers a culinary tour of Harlem along with a couple delicious recipes, after the jump.

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Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event

This past Sunday was a particularly exciting day at the Museum filled with fun, art workshops, book readings and a musical performance to celebrate Target’s Arts & Wonder Free Family Event. Both kids and grown-ups enjoyed making flowers out of old newspapers and magazines with former Studio Museum artist in residence Xenobia Bailey.

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Summer 2010 Opening Reception

This Wednesday the Studio Museum celebrated the opening of our Summer exhibitions with a reception for members and friends. Despite the gloomy weather, a great crowd of artists, writers, curators and supporters came to preview Zwelethu Mthethwa: Inner Views, Usable Pasts: Artists in Residence 2009-10 and Hi-Res: Expanding the Walls 2010, along with our ongoing projects Harlem Postcards (this season featuring artists Sanford Biggers, Tiara Hernandez, Hew Locke and Ginger Brooks Takahashi) and StudioSound (this season, the sound piece Radio GooGoo by DJ /rupture).

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Member Spotlight: Louis Gagliano & Stefan Handl

Member Spotlight is a feature in Studio magazine and on the web that takes a look at the lives and livelihoods of some of our diverse and spirited members.

Names: Louis Gagliano & Stefan Handl

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3Qs: Noah Davis

Studio Museum Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes and artist Noah Davis in conversation:

Tell us about The Gardener (2009). Is it based on a real person?
The Gardener is Osiris, who ruled Egypt in a time of great cultural and agricultural prosperity. After being hoaxed by his brother Seth and seventy-two conspirators, he was made to enter a chest. The chest was then sealed shut and tossed into the Nile, where it became his coffin. It later washes up in Byblos and drifts ashore into the roots of a sapling. Strengthened by Osiris, the sapling grows in a single night into a tall and graceful tree. Osiris became the Egyptian God of the afterlife.

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Office Hours: Ronak K. Kapadia

Office Hours is a new feature in Studio magazine and on the web that engages artists, scholars and organizers on the application of critical knowledge and theory.

Ronak K. Kapadia is a PhD candidate in NYU’s American Studies program. He is currently writing his dissertation on creative responses to state security, immigrant detention, surveillance, and the U.S. empire since the late 1970s.

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