Feb
23
6:30 pm18:30

Bearing Witness as Protest with AFROPUNK and Harlem Stage

Inspired by The Window and the Breaking of the Window and Circa 1970Bearing Witness as Protest will explore current and historical expressions of political dissent in contemporary artistic practice. The evening will begin with a guided walkthrough of the exhibitions, followed by a panel discussion between writer Chaédria LaBouvier, exhibiting artist Oasa DuVerney and more. They will explore how the act of bearing witness might be considered a form of protest, and unpack the collective actions necessary to forge the path forward. This special program is presented in collaboration with Harlem Stage as a part of AFROPUNK: The Take Over-Harlem, a week-long series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art and protest.

Feb
19
5:00 pm17:00

Studio Screen: Hustlers Convention at Maysles Cinema

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Join us for a special screening of Hustlers Convention (2015, 91 min) in the second installment of our Studio Screen partnership with Maysles Cinema. While largely unknown, the 1973 album “Hustlers Convention” is regarded as a cornerstone in the evolution of Hip Hop. It's creator, Lightnin' Rod, aka Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets, is affectionately known in some circles as `The Grandfather of Rap' for his contribution to the genre. The film includes archival footage and specially commissioned animation as well as interviews with some of the key figures connected to the story, including the late Amiri Baraka, Ice T, Melle Mel, KRS One, MC Lyte, executive producer Chuck D. Talkback and Q&A participants to be announced at a later date.

Drawing thematic inspiration from two of the Museum's current exhibitions, Circa 1970 and The Window and the Breaking of the Window, this nonfiction film series addresses the on- and off-screen legacies of socially engaged cultural movements of the 1970s. Presented in partnership with Maysles Cinema, the selected films highlight the methods and leaders people turn to when everyday injustices move them to protest. Each screening will be followed by a talkback session featuring local community organizers, and serve as a space for intergenerational reflection on contemporary protest practices and the ways history is ever-present.

Admission is a $10 suggested donation. All proceeds from the screening will support the Cinema at Maysles Documentary Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action.

Feb
12
3:00 pm15:00

Studio Squared: Concrete Canyons

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Studio Squared is a series of informal art-making workshops aimed at making a wide range of studio practices accessible to adult audiences. Each workshop focuses on a particular theme and creative process inspired by our exhibitions and explores methods of creative production through an experiential approach.

Expanding the ways in which we depict and imagine American cowboys, this edition of Studio Squared highlights the communities who have kept the traditions of horse-keeping and training alive. Led by Museum teaching artist Miatta Kawinzi, this workshop will begin with an inquiry-based tour of Black Cowboy, an exhibition that reasserts the presence of African-American men and women in the legacy of the American West. Participants will then head to the Theatre for a writing activity where guests will translate the lived experiences of black cowboys—from both past and present—into poetry. The goal of this workshop is not merely to generate words on a page, but rather to explore new strategies for documenting an underrepresented aspect of American history.

Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission and public programs are free and open to the public on Sundays. Refreshments and supplies will be provided.

Studio Screen:  ¡Pa'lante, Siempre Pa'lante! at Maysles Cinema
Jan
22
5:00 pm17:00

Studio Screen: ¡Pa'lante, Siempre Pa'lante! at Maysles Cinema

Join us for a special screening of ¡Pa'lante, Siempre Pa'lante! (1996, 48 mins) in the second installment of our Studio Screen partnership with Maysles Cinema. In the midst of the African American liberation struggle, protests to end the Vietnam War and the women's movement for equality, the Young Lords Party emerged, raising a militant voice for the empowerment of Puerto Ricans and other Latino/as in the United States. Through intimate conversations with former members and archival footage, the documentary surveys Puerto Rican history as well as the Young Lords's political vision and legacy. The screening will be followed by a talkback session with the film's director, Iris Morales, highlighting her experience as one of the first female members of the Young Lords as well as her work capturing the organization's history in film and the recently published Through the Eyes of Rebel Women.

Drawing thematic inspiration from two of the Museum's current exhibitions, Circa 1970 and The Window and the Breaking of the Window, this nonfiction film series addresses the on- and off-screen legacies of socially engaged cultural movements of the 1970s. Presented in partnership with Maysles Cinema, the selected films highlight the methods and leaders people turn to when everyday injustices move them to protest. Each screening will be followed by a talkback session featuring local community organizers, and serve as a space for intergenerational reflection on contemporary protest practices and the ways history is ever-present.

Admission is a $10 suggested donation. All proceeds from the screening will support the Cinema at Maysles Documentary Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action.

Studio Squared: Drawn from Stone:  Pronto Plate Lithography with EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
Jan
12
5:00 pm17:00

Studio Squared: Drawn from Stone: Pronto Plate Lithography with EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

Studio Squared is the Museum's series of informal art-making workshops aimed at making a wide range of studio practices accessible to adult audiences. Each workshop focuses on a particular theme and creative process inspired by our exhibitions and explores methods of creative production through an experiential approach.

Inspired by the printmaking practices exhibited in Circa 1970, this Studio Squared invites visitors to experiment with pronto plate lithography, an immediate and effective method for producing hand-printed work. Presented in partnership with the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (RBPMW), a team of skilled teaching artists will demonstrate the essential components of pronto plate lithography and guide participants through the production of their own 6" x 9" prints!

EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (RBPMW) is a co-operative printmaking workspace that provides professional-quality printmaking facilities to artists and printmakers of every skill level. Continuing Robert Blackburn's vision of a welcoming and open creative environment, RBPMW is committed to fostering a diverse artistic community working in an environment that embraces technical and aesthetic exploration, innovation and collaboration.

Participants are invited to register for one of two sessions using the links below.

Session 1- 5:00 to 6:45 pm
Session 2- 7:15 to 9:00 pm

Studio Screen:  Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice at Maysles Cinema
Dec
18
5:00 pm17:00

Studio Screen: Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice at Maysles Cinema

Join us for a special screening of Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice (1994, 57 min.), the first installment of our collaborative Studio Screen series with Maysles Cinema! Through extensive interviews with family and friends, archival footage, music and photographs, the documentary chronicles the Harlem native's contributions to social change and participation in some of the most significant events of the 20th century. The screening will be followed by a talkback session with representatives of From Harlem with Love: A Mural for Yuri and Malcolm—a group of artists and community activists inspired by the legacies of and deep friendship between Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X.

Drawing thematic inspiration from two of the Museum's current exhibitions, Circa 1970 and The Window and the Breaking of the Window, this nonfiction film series addresses the on- and off-screen legacies of socially engaged cultural movements of the 1970s. Presented in partnership with Maysles Cinema, the selected films highlight the methods and leaders people turn to when everyday injustices move them to protest. Each screening will be followed by a talkback session featuring local community organizers, and serve as a space for intergenerational reflection on contemporary protest practices and the ways history is ever-present.

Admission is a $10 suggested donation. All proceeds from the screening will support the Cinema at Maysles Documentary Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action.

Artists-in-Residence Open Studios
Dec
11
1:00 pm13:00

Artists-in-Residence Open Studios

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum's signature program, meet 2016–17 artists in residence Autumn KnightJulia Phillips and Andy Robert and see their works in progress. The studios are located on the 3rd floor of the Studio Museum and all three artists will be present. Artists-in-Residence Open Studios is free and open to all.

Autumn Knight (b. 1980, Houston, Texas) is an interdisciplinary artist working within performance, installation and text. Her work frequently addresses conventions of racial and gender identity, psychotherapy, and access to the arts. Knight’s work has been in exhibitions at institutions including DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston; Project Row Houses, Houston; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; New Museum, New York; and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Knight has been in residence with In-Situ, Pendle, England; Galveston Artist Residency, Texas; YICA, Yamaguchi, Japan; and Artpace, San Antonio, Texas. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was a 2015 Artadia awardee. Knight received a BA from Dillard University and an MA in Drama Therapy from New York University. In 2013, Knight performed Steffani Jemison’s You Completes Me (2013) at the Studio Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Fore.

Julia Phillips (b. 1985, Hamburg, Germany) is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the relationships between feminist, post-colonial, and psycho-analytical thought using the body as a primary ground. Her most recent work is a series of ceramic objects, or “tools,” the artist invents and invites viewers to imagine a function for. Phillips recently completed the 2016 Whitney Museum Independent Study Studio Program. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2015 and her BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK). Her work has been shown internationally in Hamburg, Berlin, London, Vienna, Warsaw, Los Angeles and New York and was included in A Constellation (2015–16) at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Phillips is a 2016 resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Andy Robert’s (b. 1984, Les Cayes, Haiti) practice exists at the intersection of sculpture, collage, assemblage, performance and installation. Often manipulating and collaging found objects or photographs, Robert seeks to capture the ephemeral, fragmented nature of existence and communication in the twenty-first century. Robert received a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2011. He attended the 2015 Whitney Independent Study Studio Program and is a 2016 resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Most recently, Robert has exhibited at the Bienal de las Fronteras at the Instituto Tamaulipeco para la Cultura y las Artes, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Dimensions Variable, Miami. His work was included in A Constellation (2015–16) at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Robert was a 2013 recipient of a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant.

The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council for the Arts, a state agency; the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the Jerome Foundation; Kiki Smith; and by endowments established by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Trust and the Andrea Frank Fund.

Studio Screen: COMPULSIVE PRACTICE in Partnership with Visual AIDS
Dec
4
3:00 pm15:00

Studio Screen: COMPULSIVE PRACTICE in Partnership with Visual AIDS

Celebrating film and video as important source material for artists, Studio Screen presents exhibition-related screenings and conversations that engage the complex intersections of modern media and contemporary art. The Studio Museum in Harlem and Visual AIDS are pleased to commemorate the 27th annual Day With(out) Art with Studio Screen: COMPULSIVE PRACTICE. This multi-part program will begin with the uptown screening of COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, an hour-long video compilation of compulsive, daily and habitual practices of nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as a means of managing, reflecting upon and challenging the ways they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. Following the screening will be a public dialogue moderated by curator and scholar Vivian Crockett, in which exhibiting Harlem Postcards artist Nayland Blake and COMPULSIVE PRACTICE artist Luna Luis Ortiz will explore the subversive potential of video works as it relates to identity, modern media and the effect of HIV/AIDS in communities of color.

From video diaries to civil disobedience, holiday specials and backstage antics, Betamax to YouTube, COMPULSIVE PRACTICE displays a diversity of artistic approaches, experiences and expectations. Produced in conjunction with the Visual AIDS exhibition Everyday curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz and Hugh Ryan, COMPULSIVE PRACTICE demonstrates the place of technology, self-expression, critique and community in the many decades and experiences of artists and activists living with AIDS. Participating artists include James Wentzy, Nelson Sullivan (1948–89), Ray Navarro (1964–90), Carol Leigh/Scarlot Harlot, Juanita Mohammed, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mark S King, Justin B Terry-Smith, and the Southern AIDS Living Quilt.

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
www.visualaids.org.

In Conversation: Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt and Dr. Courtney J. Martin
Oct
28
6:00 pm18:00

In Conversation: Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt and Dr. Courtney J. Martin

  • The Studio Musuem in Harlem

On the occasion of Alma Thomas and Richard Hunt: Framed and Extended, this conversation invites renowned contemporary artists Richard Hunt and Sam Gilliam to reflect on abstract art and celebrate their pioneering contributions to the field.  Using these two seminal exhibitions as points of entry, the conversation will explore the evolution of each artist's distinct practice, illuminating the diverse ways in which Hunt, Gilliam and Thomas approach form and color.  Moderated by  Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University Dr. Courtney J. Martin, the panel will also explore overlaps in the artists' lives and careers—including the March on Washington in August 1963—recounting milestone moments in the cannon of art history, and explore Thomas's legacy through the artists' personal accounts. A Q&A segment will follow the conversation. At the close of the program, Richard Hunt will lead a walkthrough of Richard Hunt: Framed and Extended.

Tickets to this program are $10, which includes Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.To pre-register for this event, please click here. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Studio Salon: Leslie Wayne and Saya Woolfalk on Alma Thomas, Moderated by Ian Berry
Oct
27
7:00 pm19:00

Studio Salon: Leslie Wayne and Saya Woolfalk on Alma Thomas, Moderated by Ian Berry

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem

Studio Salon is the Museum's literary society that invites language lovers to participate in an ongoing series of artist talks, book launches and writing workshops inspired by our exhibitions. This special edition of Studio Salonis presented on the occasion of Alma Thomas, an exhibition that examines the evolution of an artist who created a highly personal style that expanded upon traditional Abstract Expressionist and Washington Color School practices through experimentations with abstraction, color, line and pattern.

Alma Thomas is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue by exhibition curators Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, and Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Filled with vibrant illustrations, this stunning volume traces Thomas's development as an artist and includes specially commissioned responses by leading artists Leslie HewittJennie C. JonesLeslie Wayne andSaya Woolfalk. Join us as Saya Woolfalk and Leslie Wayne reflect on specific works on view in our main galleries!

This multi-part program will feature an exhibition walkthrough led by the Museum's curatorial department, followed by twenty-minute artist talks in the galleries and a public dialogue in the Museum's Theatre moderated by Berry. Guests are invited to purchase copies of the catalogue on-site during the book signing that will conclude our evening.

This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. To pre-register for this event, please click here. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Artist's Voice: Jordan Casteel
Oct
20
7:00 pm19:00

The Artist's Voice: Jordan Casteel

  • The Studio Musuem in Harlem

On the occasion of Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015–16, join artist in residence Jordan CasteelRujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator at the Brooklyn Museum; and Dr. Monica Miller, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Barnard College, as they explore the complexly layered site specificity of Harlem. Employing the backdrops to Casteel's dynamic paintings as a point of entry to discuss the changing cultural landscape of Harlem, the panel will also consider the impact of gentrification and the disappearance of cultural landmarks on our social consciousness. The conversation will also explore Harlem as projection and performance, entrepreneurship as it relates to mainstream notions of legitimacy, and the alternative economies that can emerge in a black-owned space.

Following the public dialogue will be a Q&A and walkthrough of the exhibition, where three of the men depicted in Casteel's paintings will discuss their own personal narratives in relation to the topics raised in the panel discussion.

This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. To purchase advance tickets, please click here. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open House New York at The Studio Museum in Harlem: Thematic Tours Presented in Partnership with ARTNOIR
Oct
15
Oct 16

Open House New York at The Studio Museum in Harlem: Thematic Tours Presented in Partnership with ARTNOIR

For two days each October, the annual Open House New York Weekendunlocks the doors of New York's most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build and preserve New York.  From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life, and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York. 

To celebrate this weekend of access and public awareness, the Studio Museum is partnering with ARTNOIR—a global collective of culturalists who design experiences aimed to engage this generation's dynamic and diverse creative class—to present a weekend-long series of thematic tours and workshops inspired by our summer exhibitions. From guided tours led by Museum educators to self-guided scavenger hunts with prompts from exhibiting artists, these experiences are designed to deeply engage visitors in dynamic conversation about works on view.

Tours will depart from the lobby at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16. Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission and public programs are free and open to the public on Sundays and, for this special occasion, admission will be free on Saturday as well. To participate in the Alma Thomas-inspired Studio Squared event on Sunday, click here to pre-register.

Artists on Artists: Mike Cloud, Leslie Hewitt and Eric Mack on Alma Thomas
Sep
29
7:00 pm19:00

Artists on Artists: Mike Cloud, Leslie Hewitt and Eric Mack on Alma Thomas

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem

This new program series invites contemporary artists to respond to specific works on view in the galleries with a focus on form and process. Through guided observation, visitors hear from artists working across a diversity of media as they reflect on impactful works, and explore their own connections to—and interpretations of—the exhibiting artist's practice and methods.

This special gallery talk is presented on the occasion of Alma Thomas, an exhibition that examines the evolution of an artist who created a highly personal style that expanded upon traditional Abstract Expressionist and Washington Color School practices through experimentations with color, line and pattern.

Join us as Mike CloudLeslie Hewitt and Eric Mack discuss Thomas as a formalist, exploring works from every period in her dynamic career, including rarely exhibited sketches, watercolors and early abstractions, as well as her signature canvases.

This program will feature three, twenty-minute artist talks in the galleries, followed by a Q&A and public dialogue in the theatre. This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. To pre-register, please click here.

Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

The Artist's Voice: EJ Hill

On the occasion of Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015–16, join 2015–16 artist-in-residence EJ Hill and cultural critic, historian and performance studies scholar Tavia Nyong'o as they discuss performance and the body as a dynamic site of radical dialogue.

In this program, visitors will first join Hill in the galleries as he concludes the daily performance element of his work, A Monumental Offering of Potential Energy (2016). The work places him atop a plywood platform imbedded in the sculpture, which resembles a classic wooden roller coaster. Embodying the abstracted vehicle for which the track is laid, Hill's physical presence in the work is undeniable and a central part of a 512-hour long performance that runs the course of the exhibition. Guests will then join Hill and Nyong'o in the Theatre for a public dialogue and Q&A segment, where the value, visibility and richness of black bodies and black lives will be discussed.

Sep
11
2:00 pm14:00

Studio Squared: Embedding Monuments

Studio Squared is a series of informal art-making workshops aimed at making a wide range of studio practices accessible to adult audiences. Each workshop focuses on a particular theme and creative process inspired by our exhibitions, and explores methods of creative production through an experiential approach.

Extending beyond the scope of work exhibited in Richard Hunt: Framed and Extended—an exhibition exploring the artist's lesser known prints and small-scale sculptures—this workshop engages Hunt's world-renown public art practice. Led by Museum teaching artists Ginny Huo and Ray Ferreira, the workshop will begin with a site visit to 125th Street and Morningside Avenue to observe Harlem Hybrid (1976), a public sculpture of Hunt's that draws together elements of the surroundings while creating a dynamic environment of its own.  After engaging in social sculpture exercises, participants will return to the Museum and composite clay sculptures inspired by culturally embedded New York landmarks. Designed as a collaborative and participatory experience, this workshop prompts participants to sculpt forms that challenge perceptions of the cultural weight and significance of monuments in the context of an ever-changing metropolis.

Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission and public programs are free and open to the public on Sundays. Refreshments and supplies will be provided. Please click here to pre-register.

Sep
8
7:00 pm19:00

Studio Screen: Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Celebrating film and video as important source material for artists, Studio Screen presents exhibition-related screenings and conversations that engage the complex intersections of modern media and contemporary art.

On the occasion of Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015–16, join us as artist in residence Jibade-Khalil Huffman presents a new text—written in conjunction with a project for Triple Canopy—concerned with hip hop, music videos and visibility. Running alongside Huffman's text will be a presentation of music videos, film clips and interviews with artists, directors and industry creators and tastemakers. 

This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. To purchase advance tickets, please click here. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. 1981, Detroit, MI) is the author of three books of poems: 19 Names For Our Band (2008), James Brown Is Dead (2011) and Sleeper Hold (2015). His projects fuse the visual arts and writing, combing poetic/essayistic texts with video installation, photography and performance, and have been presented at P.S.1/MoMA in New York, the Hammer in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, among others. He received a BA in photography in 2003 from Bard College, an MFA in literary arts in 2005 from Brown University and an MFA in Studio Art in 2013 from the University of Southern California. Huffman's latest complex installation layers digital and photographic images with moving images in space. Working between sculpture, video, screen-prints and photographs, Huffman has orchestrated a space that confuses our perception of visual information. Huffman has developed innovative display strategies that serve as formal investigations into composition and space, by using the photographic medium in ways in which the digital and analog, the projected and real, exist in strategic overlap.

Aug
28
2:00 pm14:00

Studio Squared: Articulating Gesture with Miatta Kawinzi

Studio Squared is a series of informal art-making workshops aimed at making a wide range of studio practices accessible to adult audiences. Each workshop focuses on a particular theme and creative process inspired by our exhibitions, and explores methods of creative production through an experiential approach.

Navigating the intersection of urban vernacular and bodily gesture, this workshop invites exhibiting Harlem Postcards artist Miatta Kawinzi to expand upon her work Streetspeak (2016). The program will commence with a walking tour of 125th Street led by the artist, in which participants will engage in active listening amongst the plethora of conversations and acoustics of Harlem's sidewalks and public spaces. In the Museum's Theatre, guests will then activate an assemblage of overheard popular phrases and sentiments through collective movement exercises. Utilizing this same language, participants will encapsulate their experience by collaging text-and-image combinations onto a unique postcard of their own.

Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission and public programs are free and open to the public on Sundays. Refreshments and supplies will be provided. Please click here to pre-register.

Aug
25
5:00 pm17:00

inHarlem Launch

On view August 25, 2016 to July 25, 2017, inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd presents four site-specific installations in four historic Harlem parks--Morningside, Marcus Garvey, St. Nicholas and Jackie Robinson—and is organized by the Museum in partnership with NYC Parks along with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Aug
5
7:00 pm19:00

Uptown Fridays Summer 2016

Come celebrate the sights and sounds of summer at Uptown Fridays! at The Studio Museum in Harlem! This summer series transforms our courtyard and galleries into a vibrant social hub. Dance to the sounds of Libation's DJ Ian Friday with Manchildblack, and enjoy signature cocktails and drink specials. Guests are also invited to join free guided tours of our current exhibitions and browse our Museum Store's incredible selection of books, jewelry, t-shirts and gifts. Bring a friend or come solo and make a few during a festive evening of art and culture!

Jul
26
7:00 pm19:00

Artists-in-Residence Artist Talk at WNYC

The Studio Museum and WNYC are thrilled to announce the second annual collaboration between the station's street-level performance venue, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and the Museum's Artist-in-Residence program.

Joining together visual arts and public radio programming, this partnership engages a broad cross-section of diverse audiences. The program kicks off at The Greene Space with a conversation between current Studio Museum artists in residence Jordan CasteelEJ Hill and Jibade-Khalil Huffman and program alumni Kevin BeasleyKerry James Marshall andDave McKenzie, lending unique insight into the Museum's history. During this talk, we also debut the series of engaging “day in the life” videos—shot on-location in the artists' studios at the Museum—that further illustrate the creativity and passion driving their practices. By partnering with The Greene Space, the Studio Museum deepens its commitment to supporting emerging artists and diversifying the platforms through which the public is invited to engage and gain greater insight to the seminal program that, in part, gives the Museum its name.

Jun
24
5:00 pm17:00

Studio Screen:...when they grow up...Presented in Partnership with CaribBEING

Celebrating film as an important source material for artists, Studio Screenpresents exhibition-related screenings and conversations that engage the complex intersections of film and contemporary art.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to partner with caribBEING—a non-profit organization that builds community through the lens of Caribbean cinema, culture and art—to present this Studio Screen. The program, which will be followed by the first Uptown Fridays! dance party of the season, is presented on the occasion of Ebony G. Patterson: … when they grow up …, an immersive, site-specific installation that highlights the systemic issue of ephehiphobia, or fear and loathing of children. Taking inspiration from Patterson's interest in urban youth culture and teenagers' ability to self-organize despite mounting odds, this program's selection of shorts focuses on Caribbean youth as they struggle with tough decisions, and confront their own innocence in the face of societal pressures that prescribe adult responses from them. 

The screening will be followed by a public dialogue and Q&A with the featured filmmakers moderated by Shelley Worrell, co-founder of caribBeing, and Nico Wheadon, Director of Public Programs + Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Participants are then invited to a special Caribbean themed Uptown Fridays!, the Museum's summer series that transforms the courtyard and galleries into a vibrant social hub, featuring the sounds of Libation's DJ Ian Friday with Manchildblack and Afro Mosaic Soul, and signature cocktails.

This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. To pre-register for this event, please click here. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The films include:

No Soca, No Life (Kevin Adams, 2012, 30 mins.)
Olivia is a teenage girl from an impoverished community with a fabulous singing voice, honed in the church choir. When she decides to use her talent to sing soca, however, Olivia must face many hurdles, not least of all stiff opposition from her mother.

Missing Melodie (Monique Campbell, 2008, 7 mins.)
A young woman emigrates from Jamaica, looking forward to the reunion with her mother, but is sadly disappointed by the bitter reality.

Making History (Karen D. McKinnon & Caecilia Tripp, 2008, 9 mins.)
Two friends, acclaimed Carribean writer Edouard Glissant and poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, meet on a summer day and discuss issues of cultural identity. Analogously, a young woman traverses a metropolis alone. 

Raft of Medusa (Alexis Peskine, 2016, 10 mins.)
Illustrating Theodore Gericault's 200-year-old shipwreck painting The Raft of Medusa(1818–19), this poetic video depicts youthful migrants of African descent immigrating to the Western World from countries that were long colonized and exploited. The film explores the power and richness of these once colonized places, and speaks to the strength and vivacity of the youth uprising in these freshly independent nations, whilst also exposing the obstacles they face in the new world. 

Jun
18
3:00 pm15:00

The Black Joy Takeover Presented in Partnership with Harlem Stage Gatehouse

The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to participate in The Black Joy Takeover, a collaborative project with Harlem Stage Gatehouse and Artistic Director Marc Bamuthi Joseph celebrating Juneteenth. Spanning the course of two days, each special project is designed to engage quintessential Harlem spaces and their communities through sound, art and performance. Drawing inspiration from Rashaad Newsome: THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE, the Studio Museum will host a series of informal art-making and movement workshops in its Courtyard. In conjunction with the lineup of performances across the street at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, visitors are invited to explore blackness, chaos and joy through drop-in vogue tutorials and frame-embellishment workshops using Newsome's opulent collages as inspiration.

Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Inaugural Lea K. Green Artist Talk Honoring Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems is one of the most influential contemporary American artists working today. The inaugural Lea K. Green Artist Talk, hosted by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator at the Studio Museum, will explore the evolution of Weems’s practice over the course of the past three decades, discuss current and upcoming projects, and move on to unpack the full trajectory of artist’s bold, multidisciplinary practice.

This program is made possible by the Lea K. Green Memorial Endowment Fund, established by Lea K. Green’s family and friends to bring together exceptional artists and cultural luminaries for an annual critical dialogue on art and society.

Jun
5
2:00 pm14:00

Studio Squared: Platanos Two Ways

Studio Squared is a series of informal art-making workshops aimed at making a wide range of studio practices accessible to adult audiences. Each workshop focuses on a particular theme and creative process inspired by our exhibitions, and explores methods of creative production through an experiential approach.

On the occasion of Palatable: Food and Contemporary Art, please join us for a cooking demonstration and artist talk celebrating food as a medium of self expression and cultural critique for artists. Hosted by Julia Shermanof Salad for President—an evolving publishing project that draws meaningful connections between food, art and the everyday—this program invites exhibiting artist Miguel Luciano and fellow artist Tijay Mohammedto discuss their distinct relationships to food culture as they guide Sherman and guests in preparing two of their favorite plantain recipes.

This program is free and open to the public, and invites visitors to re-imagine foods commonly perceived of as low-brow, and experience them as loaded signifiers of significant, cultural weight. Vendy Plaza is located along Park Avenue between 115th and 116th Streets under the Metro North.

May
22
4:00 pm16:00

Studio Squared: Views from 125th Street

Studio Squared is a series of informal art-making workshops aimed at making a wide range of studio practices accessible to adult audiences. Each workshop focuses on a particular theme and creative process inspired by our exhibitions, and explores methods of creative production through an experiential approach.

Drawing inspiration from Rodney McMillian: Views of Main Street, this program highlights McMillian's procedural and transformative approach to post-consumer objects. Led by teaching artists Ginny Huo and Oscar Cornejo, this hands-on workshop and walking tour of Harlem's 125th Street will begin in the Theatre with a brief introduction to McMillian's practice, and move on to concretize some foundations in his work by prompting participants to select modular pieces that will later serve as a sculptural base. We will then take to 125th Street, which will serve as inspiration and conceptual space in which to re-imagine our chosen materials out of their original context, and in relation to a specific, cultural environment. Next, the program will return to the Museum, where participants will transform or modify objects through a variety of techniques involving paint, adhesives and other methods of subtle alteration. The workshop will culminate with a walkthrough of the exhibition, where guests will gain a greater understanding of their creations in relation to McMillian's ongoing investigations of the intersections of race, class, gender and socioeconomic policy.

 

The Artist's Voice: Rashaad Newsome with Amanda Hunt
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

The Artist's Voice: Rashaad Newsome with Amanda Hunt

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem

Presented on the occasion of Rashaad Newsome: THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE, this artist talk will begin with an in-depth walk-through of the exhibition, followed by a public dialogue and talk-back in the theater. Newsome will be joined by Amanda Hunt, assistant curator, as they discuss the full trajectory of Newsome’s career over the past decade, focusing on his deeply engaged work with the Vogue community and contemporary performances of race, gender, diasporic identities, and pop culture at large.

This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. To pre-register for this event, please click here. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rashaad Newsome has worked for over a decade with members of the Vogue community, which developed in New York City’s queer ballroom scene of the 1970s. With a particular interest in critiquing the popular appropriation of Vogue in the early 1990s, and with the aim to bring these queer communities of color from the Vogue scene into the institutional space, Newsome creates work that reframes how performers are represented, and highlights their enormous talent for style and bodily movement. The title of the exhibition draws from an emcee’s refrain, while simultaneously pointing to the desire of wanting queer bodies of color represented within the institutional space. Featuring video and collage works made between 2008-2014, THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE explores the beauty, agency and complexities of Vogue and performance art. 

Brunch Tour of Palatable Presented with Art In FLUX Harlem
May
15
11:00 am11:00

Brunch Tour of Palatable Presented with Art In FLUX Harlem

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem

On the occasion of Palatable: Food and Contemporary Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to partner with Art In FLUX Harlem for brunch and a panel discussion at Angel of Harlem, followed by a guided tour of the exhibition at the Studio Museum. Celebrating the myriad ways people represent themselves through food, this program engages food culture as a powerful lens through which people self-identify and understand themselves in relation to issues of politics, memory, heritage, race and culture.

The program begins at Angel of Harlem with brunch service and a panel discussion between exhibiting artist Miguel Luciano; Entrepreneur, DJ and founder of Seed Street Hannah Bronfman; entrepreneur Anahi Angelone; and The Cecil's Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson. Following brunch, enjoy a guided tour of Palatable with Assistant Curator Hallie Ringle.

Tickets for the event include an entrée, coffee and mimosa, and access to the panel and guided tour. To purchase your ticket, please click here. Seating is limited, so be sure to grab your ticket today!

Studio Squared: Collaging Fiction with Ariel Jackson
May
1
3:30 pm15:30

Studio Squared: Collaging Fiction with Ariel Jackson

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem

Studio Squared is a series of informal art-making workshops aimed at making a wide range of studio practices accessible to adult audiences. Each workshop focuses on a particular theme and creative process inspired by our exhibitions, and explores methods of creative production through an experiential approach.

Designed as a dynamic site for self-exploration, this Studio Squared features Focus artist Ariel Jackson, who will lead participants through her practice of processing trauma through the creation of fictional narratives. Employing personal photographs, paper, fabric and paint, the workshop invites participants to brainstorm traumas, small and large, as a primer for producing layered works that speak to the complexity of the human experience. In the safe space that the workshop creates, participants will be encouraged to share the experiences that have shaped who they are, how they identify and who they might want to become.

The program will begin in the Museum lobby with an artist-led tour of Jackson's video meditations, The Origin of the Blues (2015), What Are the Blues (2015) and Blues Note: Feelings 01 (2015), during which she will discuss her processes for sourcing imagery and language. The program will then move into the Theatre, where the workshop will take place.

Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission and public programs are free and open to the public on Sundays. Please click here to pre-register.

Refreshments and supplies will be provided; however, please bring copies of family photos, newspaper/magazine clippings or any other 2-D materials you'd like to incorporate into your collage!

Ariel Jackson is a multi-media artist who works and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She grew up in New Orleans, LA and after experiencing Hurricane Katrina began using her body as a vessel to testify about sociopolitical traumas and situations. She develops characters to create testaments using allegorical abstract language aided by a collage of media and craft materials. Her most commonly used character is 'Confuserella' a Panfrikan who traveled through space to Plastica after the blues came in. On Plastica Confuserella graduated with a degree in finding the blues. Since then Jackson has been documenting her travels and memories. Jackson's work stems from a desire to create a safe space for testaments outside of the mainstream media and create alternate narratives for maneuvering and exploring sociopolitical traumas via group identity, memory, cultural propriety and individualism.

Jackson earned a BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York 2013. She participated in the Bruce High Quality Foundation University's Summer Emerging Artist Residency Program in 2015, and is currently a Van Lier Fellow in the Visual Arts Program at Wave Hill. Jackson's work has been shown at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Bronx Museum, Susan Inglett Gallery in New York and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Studio Salon: Neither Here nor Now with Adam Pendleton, Ralph Lemon and Triple Canopy
Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

Studio Salon: Neither Here nor Now with Adam Pendleton, Ralph Lemon and Triple Canopy

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Studio Salon is the Museum's literary society that explores the dynamic intersections of literature and contemporary art through artist talks, book launches and writing workshops inspired by our exhibitions. This edition of Studio Salon is presented on the occasion of Surface Area: Selections from the Permanent Collection, an exhibition which explores surface as an expanded space of interaction, where the history of an object or a body leaves its trace.

Please join Triple Canopy and The Studio Museum in Harlem to celebrate the publication of On Valuea multifarious book about the value of ephemeral artworks, and the labor and bodies that make them. Adam Pendleton—On Value contributor and exhibiting artist in Surface Area—will be joined by choreographer and artist Ralph Lemon, who co-edited On Value alongside Triple Canopy.  Lemon and Pendleton will discuss how they have each sought to transpose live events, whether dance performances or charged historical events, into publishable forms such as essays, visual artifacts, and print books. They will also examine the ways their respective starting points—Lemon in performance, and Pendleton in visual art—have influenced their distinctive approaches to interdisciplinary work, and how their work might disturb epistemological frameworks and challenge the treatment of historical inaccuracies. Triple Canopy associate editor Lizzie Feidelson will moderate.       

This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. To pre-register for this event, please click here. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about On Value—which includes contributions by Kevin Beasley, Claire Bishop, Philip Bither, Paula Court, Adrienne Edwards, Tom Finkelpearl, Ana Janevski, Claudia La Rocco, Thomas J. Lax, Ralph Lemon, Glenn Ligon, Glenn Lowry, Sarah Michelson, Fred Moten, Adam Pendleton, Yvonne Rainer, Will Rawls, David Velasco, and Nari Ward—or to order a copy, please click here.

Adam Pendleton (b. 1984, Richmond, Virginia) is a conceptual artist known for his multi-disciplinary practice, which moves fluidly between painting, publishing, photographic collage, video and performance. His work centers on an engagement with language, in both the figurative and literal senses, and the re-contextualization of history through appropriated imagery to establish alternative interpretations of the present and, as the artist has explained, “a future dynamic where new historical narratives and meanings can exist.”

Ralph Lemon is a choreographer, director, writer, and installation artist who is artistic director of Cross Performance, Inc. He develops intellectually rigorous and experimental performances that are as socially and politically resonant as they are personal, including the multimedia collaboration How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? (2010); a commission for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Rescuing the Princess (2009); and the epic cycle, The Geography Trilogy (1997-2004).

Triple Canopy is a magazine based in New York. Since 2007, Triple Canopy has advanced a model for publication that encompasses digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions, and books. This model hinges on the development of publishing systems that incorporate networked forms of production and circulation. Working closely with artists, writers, technologists, and designers, Triple Canopy produces projects that demand considered reading and viewing. Triple Canopy resists the atomization of culture and, through sustained inquiry and creative research, strives to enrich the public sphere. Triple Canopy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and a member of Common Practice New York.

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE OPEN STUDIOS
Apr
17
1:00 pm13:00

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE OPEN STUDIOS

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem

Visit the working studios of the 2015–16 artists in residence—Jordan Casteel, EJ Hill and Jibade-Khalil Huffman—on Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 1–4pm. The studios are located on the 3rd floor of the Studio Museum and all three artists will be present.

Since our founding in 1968, the Museum has offered an intensive, annual studio residency that supports emerging visual artists working in any media, with over one hundred graduates having gone on to highly regarded careers. Open Studios is a unique opportunity for visitors to directly engage with the Museum’s resident artists at the beginning and midpoint of their tenure. In the Fall and Spring, the artists open their studios to the public and are encouraged to discuss works in progress, sharing valuable insight into their inspirations, processes and techniques. At the culmination of their residency, an exhibition of their work is presented in the Museum’s galleries, in addition to a public program where they are invited to explore various aspects of their practice with a critical dialogue partner. 

About the artists:

Jordan Casteel (b. 1989, Denver, CO) is a figurative painter whose recent work uses bold color and thick, gestural paint to explore the theme of black masculinity in a domestic environment. She received her BA in Studio Art from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA (2011), and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in New Haven, CT (2014). She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY (2015) and at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space on Governors Island, NY (2015). Her work was selected for inclusion in New American Paintings Northeast Issue #116 in 2015.

EJ Hill (b. 1985, Los Angeles, CA) practices endurance-based performance in which he uses his body as the literal and symbolic site for examining the many ways in which physical and ideological bodies may transcend their afflictions. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Buenos Aires and Berlin. He received a BFA from Columbia College in Chicago (2011) and an MFA from the University of California at Los Angeles (2013).

Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. 1981, Detroit, MI) is the author of three books of poems: 19 Names For Our Band (2008), James Brown Is Dead (2011) and Sleeper Hold (2015). His projects fuse the visual arts and writing, combing poetic/essayistic texts with video installation, photography and performance, and have been presented at P.S.1/MoMA in New York, the Hammer in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, among others. He received a BA in Photography from Bard College (2003), an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University (2005) and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Southern California (2013).