Studio Squared: Animating Black Spaces

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem 144 W 125th St New York, NY, 10027 United States

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. Inspired by Theaster Gates’s and Ellen Gallagher’s investigations of the economics of beauty in relation to black spaces and bodies, this performance workshop begins with a brief tour of Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art. Participants will then head outside to physically encounter and gather cues from historical and contemporary spaces in Harlem, from black beauty supply shops to the Apollo Theater. Museum teaching artist, Ashanti Chaplin, will lead participants throughout the local community to document and gather source materials for what will later be translated into individual and group performances in the Museum’s atrium.  No experience necessary, however, please bring items essential to your daily beauty or grooming regime and come join fellow art-enthusiasts in this exciting workshop that questions the perceived boundaries between public and private!