Black Refractions

The Studio Museum was founded in 1968 amidst an atmosphere of national and global activism. The year brought the collective shock over the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, as well public outrage and demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

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Welcoming Teen Leadership Council 2019

We would like to welcome Teen Leadership Council 2019 participants! Six participants from all over New York City that have been selected to be a part of the Museum's Teen Leadership Council.

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Studio Visit: Allison Janae Hamilton

As she prepares for her culminating exhibition, 2018–19 Artist in Residence Allison Janae Hamilton talks to Communications Intern Kima Hibbert about her process and inspirations.

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Welcoming Expanding the Walls 2019

We are excited to welcome the 2019 class of Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History and Community! Expanding the Walls is an eight-month photography-ba

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Ancient to the Future

The Studio Museum in Harlem came into being as a space to support artists of the African diaspora, who, throughout history, had been largely shut out of exhibition and commercial opportunities.

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New Acquisitions: AfriCOBRA

1968 was a year of turmoil and change: Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated; riots and protests dominated the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; and the Vietnam War continued to rage; claiming the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and soldiers alike.

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A Collection is Born

The Studio Museum in Harlem  opened in 1968—a watershed year that included the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F.

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A Legacy of Leadership: Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims

Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims shares her personal perspectives and stories about her time at the helm of the Museum from 2000 to 2007.

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A Legacy of Leadership: Kinshasha Holman Conwill

Kinshasha Holman Conwill shares her personal perspectives and stories about her time at the helm of the Museum from 1980 to 1999.

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A Legacy of Leadership: Edward S. Spriggs

Edward S. Spriggs shares his personal perspectives and stories about his time at the helm of the Museum from 1969 to 1975.

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A Legacy of Leadership: Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell shares her personal perspectives and stories about her time at the helm of the Museum from 1977 to 1987. 

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Letter from the Director: 50th Anniversary Issue

By all accounts it was a lively celebration attended by founders and friends, artists and neighbors. They came together to celebrate this new space in Harlem devoted to showing and nurturing Black artists. A radical undertaking had become a reality.

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