Since our founding in 1968, the Museum has offered an intensive, annual studio residency for emerging visual artists of African and Latino descent. An exhibition of their work culminates the residency, and artists participate in additional programs and events throughout the year, including:
AIR Open Studios
AIR Open Studios is a unique opportunity for visitors to directly engage with the Museum’s resident artists at the beginning and midpoint of their residency. Twice a year, the AIR open their studios to the public to discuss works in progress and share valuable insight into their practices.
AIR Independent Programs
AIR Independent Programs take place at the culmination of the residency, when each artist is given a platform to explore various aspects of their practice, and extend the discussion of their newly created work beyond the galleries. From artist parades and live performances, to poetry readings and panel discussion, these program take a multitude of forms and invite these emerging artists to discuss their work through a vocabulary all their own.
onAIR @ WNYC
Each fall, the artists-in-residence are invited to participate in an annual collaboration with The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Joining together visual arts and public radio programming, onAIR at WNYC activates a broad cross-section of diverse audiences. The program features a satellite exhibition of the artists’ work and kicks off with a live conversation between current Studio Museum artists in residence and program alumni.
Artist Talks & Panels
Artists on Artists
Artists on Artists is an in-gallery program that invites contemporary artists to respond to artworks on view with a focus on form and process. Through guided observation, visitors hear from artists working across a diversity of media as they explore their own connections to—and interpretations of—impactful works, reflecting on the exhibiting artist’s use of materials, techniques, and gestures.
In Conversation puts exhibiting artists in conversation with other prominent voices from the field, including curators, scholars, artists, and cultural producers. Together, the panel discusses contemporary art as it relates to other areas of cultural study. By bringing together many distinct voices to discuss a particular topic, the Museum aims to draw in non-traditional art audiences, celebrate intersectionality, and explore new areas of interdisciplinarity.
The Artist’s Voice
The Artist’s Voice invites exhibiting artists to present and discuss their works on view in the context of their broader art practice. These conversations--often moderated by the exhibition’s curator--explore the full scope of their exhibition, discussing key influences, experiences, and decisions leading up to the exhibition.
The Lea K. Green Artist Talk
The Annual Lea K. Green Artist Talk brings together exceptional artists and cultural luminaries for critical dialogues on art and society. With honorees ranging from Carrie Mae Weems to Jordan Casteel, the program acknowledges the significant contribution of artists to both the Museum’s life and the field of contemporary art. The program gets its name from Lea K. Green, who was the Museum’s Director of Special Projects from 2006 until 2011. It is with Lea’s incredible service to and love of the Studio Museum in mind that her family and friends have established the Lea K. Green Memorial Fund which supports this program honoring Lea’s incredible legacy. For more information and to donate to the fund, please visit www.studiomuseum.org/lea-k-green-memorial-fund.
Community Engagement Programs
Community Advisory Network
As the Studio Museum looks ahead to our 50th anniversary and building project, we seek to strengthen our roots in the local community, and both broaden and deepen our public service. An integral component to achieving these goals, the Studio Museum’s Community Advisory Network is a cohort of local residents, teachers, parents, and representatives from social service providers and community-based organizations in Harlem. Through quarterly convenings throughout the neighborhood, we engage our neighbors in exploring dynamic ways that the Museum can continue to serve as a vital resource for this diverse and ever-evolving community.
inHarlem is a new series of public art initiatives and collaborative programs that bring the Museum’s creative program into the local community and partner institutions. With partners including Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, New East Harlem Merchants Association, Harlem Stage, the Schomburg Center, AFROPUNK, the Maysles Documentary Center, the NYC Parks Department, and three Harlem branches of the NYPL, inHarlem programs seek to increase public access to the artists, ideas, and educational opportunities that bring the Museum’s mission to life. For more information, please e-mail inHarlem@studiomuseum.org
The Harlem Semester
The Museum is pleased to partner with the Barnard Center for Research on Women each year on the Harlem Semester, an ambitious public humanities initiative that teaches Harlem’s diverse, cultural legacy through participatory learning. Siting faculty instruction within some of Harlem’s most vibrant cultural organizations—including, the Apollo, Harlem Stage, the Schomburg , the National Black Theatre and the Studio Museum—the initiative deeply engages the institution being studied, providing students with site-specific curricula, and access to key staff, archives, resources and programs.
From ekphrastic poetry readings and musical responses to art, to dance and movement interventions, special projects enable the Museum to program beyond its walls and strengthen the impact of our mission. By bartering cultural services with renowned cultural organizations whose expertise differs from our own, we are able to engage in polyvocal conversations, and provide evolving and innovative platforms for discussion, engagement and learning.
Studio Lab is a testing ground for interdisciplinary practice that invites scholars, students, museum staff and artist-in-residence alumni to engage in thematic, month-long residencies. This dynamic platform--designed for ideas in formation--encourages participation, experimentation, and open exchange in the sharing of best practices and ideas across disciplines and fields of cultural study.
Uptown Fridays! is a series of dance parties that take place each summer! A local favorite, this all-ages event draws in audiences from all over the world, and includes free guided tours, drink specials and three hours of non-stop dancing!
Art, Film & Literature Programs
Studio Salon invites language lovers to a series of author talks, book clubs and writing workshops inspired by our exhibitions. Exploring texts as important source materials for artists, this program unpacks the dynamic intersections of literature and contemporary art.
Studio Screen celebrates the moving image as an important medium and influence for artists. These exhibitions-related screenings and conversations engage both film and contemporary art, and are followed by public dialogue in which people participating in the production of the film are put into dialogue with local artists, community organizers, and policy makers that address the film’s core ideas through the lenses of their own work and practice.
Studio Squared is a monthly series of informal, art-making workshops aimed at making a wide range of studio practices accessible to adult audiences. Each hands-on workshop is led by an exhibiting artist or trained teaching artist, and explores a theme and creative process highlighted in the works on view. Including such mediums as figure drawing, collage, animation, and sculptural object-making, these lively workshops inspire the maker in everyone!