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as it is, as it could be Microsite Has Launched!

ETW '11 Exhibition Gets Virtual Home

We're thrilled that as it is, as it could be, this year's Expanding the Walls exhibition, has "expanded its walls" to the web! Visit the microsite to browse not only the photographs on view in the exhibition, but additional works by the photographers and their statements.

Click here to visit the as it is, as it could be microsite!

While the microsite in itself is a fantastic exhibition, be sure to stop by the Museum to see as it is, as it could be in person before it closes on October 23.

A Different Perspective

An intern visit to Lorna Simpson's studio

  • Lorna Simpson
    1957-2009 Interiors (detail), 2009.
    Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York 

Appreciation of an artist, like anything in life, is generally a matter of perspective: Perspective on the artist's thoughts and ideas, identifying their clever arrangement of color or play on words, even a sense of connection to the story they are presenting. Prior to my first summer outing with the Studio Museum, my perspective on Lorna Simpson could essentially be summarized into a very flattering, yet confined sentence about her work. Yet, after one day exploring Lorna Simpson’s Brooklyn Museum exhibition and a surprise visit to her Brooklyn studio where the Studio Museum summer interns were treated to lunch with the artist herself, my perspective on Lorna has evolved into a dynamic understanding of not only her work but the many facets of her life, career and growth as an artist.

On Being Black in the World of Ballet

Professor Brenda Dixon Gottschild reflects on our recent panel

  • Left to right: Amalia Mallard (Studio Museum Public Programs Coordinator), Professor Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Misty Copeland, Raven Wilkinson

The Studio Museum was honored to recently host Intersections: Conversations on Art and Culture with Misty Copeland (an African-American soloist with the American Ballet Company), Raven Wilkinson (the first African-American ballerina to become a member of a major ballet company), and Brenda Dixon Gottschild (writer, former dancer, and Professor Emerita at Temple University).  Here, Professor Dixon Gottschild shares her thoughts on the evening.

2011 AAMD Art Museum Day

The Studio Museum is pleased to announce that we are participating in the 2011 Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day! On Wednesday, May 18th, the museum will be open and admission will be free. At 1:00pm, visitors will be treated to a tour of highlights from all of our spring exhibitions including Stephen Burks: Man Made, Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of FlUX/us: Scores and Collected. Vignettes. Adults, families, and kids of all ages are welcome!

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website (http://aamd.org/about/).
 

Do Get Caught Up!

Gerald Leavell gives us an update on ETW '11

  • ETW '11 artists get a tour of the Fader Magazine offices

Thus far, ETW ’11 has done some pretty cool things. Here’s a "cook’s tour" starting with the most recent:

Visited The Fader Magazine. Wow! How inspiring! John Francis-Peters (Photo Editor) gave us a tour of Fader’s offices, introduced us to Justin Thomas Kay (Creative Director), and Mobolaji Dawodu (Style Editor at Large). Thanks for being so open. We dig Fader

Participated in The Black Portrait Symposium at NYU. We sat among an audience full of intellectuals, artists, lovers of art, educators and so forth as Hank Willis Thomas moderated a discussion about Reshaping the Public Imaginary Through Art.

Feature Friday!

Head over to Twitter to take part in our weekly Feature Friday contest! Our avatar (the icon next to our name) has changed to a detail of an artwork in our permanent collection. It’s up to you to scour the permanent collection section of our website, here, to find the piece. The first person to tweet us, correctly identifying the artwork, will receive free admission for two guests!

Feature Friday Recap!

  • Glenn Ligon
    Untitled (Speech/Crowd) #3, 2000
    Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Gayle H. Greenhill, The Ehrenkranz Family Foundation, The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Inc. and an anonymous donor in honor of Raymond J. McGuire  01.5.1

The results for this week's Feature Friday contest are in. We changed our Twitter icon to a detail from Glenn Ligon's Untitled (Speech/Crowd) #3, 2000. It didn't take long for @forwardretreat and @TIROQ to identify the artwork! We love how smart and quick our Twitter followers are!

Feature Friday!

It's that time again...

Head over to Twitter to take part in our weekly Feature Friday contest! Our avatar (the icon next to our name) has changed to a detail of an artwork in our permanent collection. It’s up to you to scour the permanent collection section of our website, here, to find the piece. The first person to tweet us, correctly identifying the artwork, will receive free admission for two guests!

Sharing is Caring

Gerald Leavell on ETW '11

  • Gerald Leavell, Youth Programs and Expanding the Walls Coordinator, with the 2011 Expanding the Walls artists

Here at the Studio Museum, Gerald Leavell coordinates youth programs and Expanding The Walls (ETW), an eight-month photography-based program for a select group of teenagers.

Working with New York City teenagers from diverse backgrounds and varying tastes and skills in the arts certainly inspires me to be better. Period. I am constantly exploring ways that I can improve my own art, my knowledge of art history and my vocabulary in order to better support the students in their artistic development.

Feature Friday Recap!

Results from Our First Weekly Twitter Contest

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  • Dave McKenzie
    Self-Portrait Piñata, 2002
    Gift of the artist  05.21.1
     

  • Barkley Hendricks
    Lawdy Mama, 1969
    Gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman  83.25

     

We're thrilled with the results of our first Feature Friday Twitter contest! @marcy_s was our first winner, correctly guessing that the first detail was from Dave McKenzie's Self-Portrait Piñata, 2002. McKenzie was a 2003-2004 artist in residence and if you love his work as much as we do, you'll definitely want to buy one of his Studio (un)framed editions.