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Arts & Minds Celebrates First Exhibition Opening

at Lumen Gallery, NYC

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  • Arts & Minds artwork at Lumen Gallery. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Arts & Minds program participant photographed in front of artwork, a collage piece inspired by Bearden Project artist, Dominique Moody. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • [L-R]: Shanta Scott, Manager of School, Youth & Family Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Landon and Celia Wickham, program participants; Carolyn Halpin-Healy, Executive Director of Arts & Minds. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

April 23, 2012 marked Arts & Mindsfirst-ever exhibition opening at Lumen Gallery in New York City, celebrating the artwork created by the program’s participants at The Studio Museum in Harlem over the course of the year.

In the Fall of 2011, program participants dove deep into collage, inspired by the Studio Museum's Fall exhibition, The Bearden Project. Watercolors, newspaper, and even natural materials such as eucalyptus and twigs were used to interpret the participant’s own creative responses to various works from The Bearden Project. The evolution of the participants' technique and ability was clearly visible that night, and the framed artworks were proof of how powerful art can be as a therapeutic tool. Meanwhile, the artists behind the artwork glowed with pride.

Walking Bearden’s Block

at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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  • Romare Bearden
    The Block (installation view), 1971
    Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite, 48 x 216 in.
    Photo: Lauren Glaves.

  • Romare Bearden
    The Block (detail), 1971
    Photo: Lauren Glaves.

  • Romare Bearden
    The Block (detail), 1971
    Photo: Lauren Glaves.

Last seen in the spring of 2010, Romare Bearden’s The Block (1971) is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in celebration of the centennial of his birthday. On the eve of his first museum retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1971, Bearden was seated in writer and close friend Albert Murray’s apartment, as he recorded the view of Lenox Avenue between 132nd and 133rd streets in a series of sketches, which informed the process for the six paneled, 18 foot wide triumph, The Block.

Art | Hip-Hop | Israel

Kehinde Wiley Preview | The Wind Up at The Jewish Museum

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  • Ethiopian-Israeli hip-hop artist Kalkidan Mashasha
    Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Composer-multimedia artist and writer Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid
    Photo: Sophia Bruneau
     

One amazing truth about Hip-Hop music is that it has the power to embed itself anywhere in the world and become part of a global urban culture. Drop a beat, enter your language here, and it becomes a vessel, a mirror of whatever you want it to be.  Last night at The Jewish Museum, Hip-Hop reflected a beautiful mix of language, religion, art and culture in The Wind Up. Israel and Hip-Hop were all wrapped up in one beautiful package inspired by Kehinde Wiley’s newest exhibition, The World Stage: Israel, at The Jewish Museum. 

Armory Show 2012

Artist Highlights

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  • Kehinde Wiley
    Anthony Metellus, 2011 and The Tribute Money II, 2012
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • Clifford Owens
    Anthology, 2011
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • Wangechi Mutu
    Untitled (from Tumors), 2004
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • Rashaad Newsome
    The Sovereign Prince of Monaco, 2012
    Herald, 2011
    The Coming, 2012
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • El Anatsui
    Bukpa Old Town, 2009
    Photo: Katherine Finerty
     

  • Barkley L. Hendricks
    Double Portrait: Granite Street Gothic, 2012
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • Nick Cave
    Untitled, 2012 and Untitled, 2012
    Photo: Katherine Finerty
     

  • Hank Willis Thomas
    Cotton Bowl, 2011
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
    Wade, 2011
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • Whitfield Lovell
    Kin LVIII (Heaven), 2011 and Kin LVIII (Howl), 2011
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • Jacob Lawrence, gallery view
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

  • Romare Bearden
    Big Sister, 1968
    Photo: Katherine Finerty

Beginning Thursday, March 8, Piers 92 and 94 will house the Armory Show, a leading international modern and contemporary art fair. Now in its fourteenth year, the Armory Show 2012 offers a more diverse and comprehensive representation of the global art world than ever before. Unique to this year, the fair will feature 2012 Commission Artist Theaster Gates, while the Amory Focus will highlight contemporary art from the Nordic countries. Gates is an artist and cultural planner whose practice ranges from sculpture to installation and performance to urban intervention. Through the re-purposing of historical objects and contemporary sites, Gates activates the memories and ephemera of our past to generate a provoking yet poetic understanding of cultural moments and spaces today.

Ancient to Future

A Conversation with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Simone Leigh

  • Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (left); Simone Leigh (right)

History must restore what slavery took away.” - A. Schomburg, The Negro Digs Up His Past

Arts & Minds

High Stylin'

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  • Arts & Minds participant and caregiver enjoy a Samuel Fosso photograph.
    Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • A participant shows off her finished artwork. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Teaching artist, Sonya Jaye Bell, leads a hands-on activity.
    Photo: Sophia Bruneau

It’s Tuesday at The Studio Museum in Harlem. A bustling and vibrant group meets in the Atrium Café, the usual meeting place, filling the air and the moment with smiles. Familiar faces mingle, discuss, and observe before the start of yet another exciting Arts & Minds program. Twice a month, this diverse group of people come together to join in on a conversation—an experience—around a selected piece of artwork in the Museum.

I should also mention that this diverse group is composed of adults suffering with memory disorders and their caregivers—add in a couple of volunteers, staff and a teaching artist and you get Arts & Minds! Arts & Minds is an organization that brings adults with memory disorders and their caregivers together in new experiences of art. Through gallery discussions and hands-on art activities, Arts & Minds opens a window to creativity and well-being.

Michaela Angela Davis and Melissa Harris-Perry

In Conversation at the Brooklyn Museum

  • Michaela Angela Davis (left); Melissa Harris-Perry (right)

On Thursday, February 16th, I attended an installment of the In Conversation Series hosted by MAD Free at the Brooklyn Museum. It featured an in-depth discussion and forum with Melissa Harris-Perry, professor and MSNBC commentator, and with writer and activist Michaela Angela Davis. The dialogue took cues from Harris-Perry’s new book Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, which comments on the persistence of stereotypes and misrecognition that afflict black women. Furthermore, these images aid in creating very material consequences that affect black women’s political and social standing in America.

Saluting Creative Voices

Thelma Golden on the AIDS Memorial Park

Thelma Golden from AIDS Memorial Park on Vimeo.

Ishmael Houston-Jones: PLATFORM 2012: Parallels

  • Ishmael Houston-Jones

The following is an excerpt from Ishmael Houston-Jones’s curatorial statement, which appears in the catalogue for PLATFORM 2012: Parallels. Join us on February 2 for our public program The Artist's Voice: Ishmael Houston-Jones in Conversation with Wangechi Mutu and Thomas J. Lax, where you can purchase a copy of the catalogue. More info about Parallels programming, here.

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The Winter/Spring 2012 Issue of Studio Magazine Is Here!

The latest issue of Studio magazine has arrived and we couldn't be more thrilled! In honor of the Bearden Centennial, this issue has four different covers featuring artworks by Leonardo Drew, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu and Brenna Youngblood that are currently on view in The Bearden Project.