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.
This summer, in a unique institutional collaboration, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and The Studio Museum in Harlem opened 20/20, a group exhibition with works by forty artists, twenty from each institution’s collection. Responding to a tumultuous and deeply divided moment in our nation’s history, the exhibition’s co-curators, Eric Crosby and Amanda Hunt, mined these collections to offer a metaphoric picture of America today.
In July, The Studio Museum in Harlem opened the summer season with Their Own Harlems. The title of the exhibition comes from an interview with Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) conducted with the Archives of American Art in 1968. In the interview, he comments on his early career spent living in Harlem; Lawrence believed that people of African descent could find similarly powerful and positive experiences in “their own Harlems.”