A Personal Perspective on Benjamin Patterson
After last week's Benjamin Patterson performance, I asked one of the fearless audience volunteers, Matthew D. Morrison--a Ph.D. Candidate in Historical Musicology at Columbia University--if he would share his experiences performing one of Patterson's scores from Methods and Processes, 1962. Being such a good sport, he said yes, and I am happy to share his reflections with you.
Readers are invited to share their photos of Harlem in the snow! Thanks to our contributors Donald Andrew Agarrat, Lynn Lieberman, Hallie Hobson, Amanda Russhell Wallace, Gabrielle Lopez and our Twitter follower @butterflyylost.
On "Black Male Re-Imagined"
Russell Simmons, Nick Cannon and Lupe Fiasco are famous faces who are pretty used to the perennial limelight—and if Simmons’s new reality show Running Russell Simmons is any indication, that limelight has only shifted to a consistently 24/7 level. On the evening of December 6th, the three celebrities sat down on a stage of perhaps a different sort than they’re accustomed to, in the gymnasium of our neighbor down the street, the Harlem Children’s Zone. They were participating in a community town hall meeting and discussion called Black Male Re-Imagined, along with John O’Neal of theater company Junebug Productions; Ann Beeson, Executive Director of U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations; Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director of American Values Institute; and Jordan Coleman, teenage director of the documentary “Say It Loud.”In the wake of evidence that brings new urgency to the troubling proficiency gaps between young male students of color and white male students, the panel strove to discuss how art and culture can advance social justice.
Marvin and Martha Weinar
Member Spotlight is a feature in Studio magazine and on the web that takes a look at the lives and livelihoods of some of our diverse and spirited members.
Names: Marvin and Martha Weinar
Occupations: Family Physician, Marvin; Cancer Genetics Nurse, Martha
Location: Moorestown, NJ
Lunch at the Atrium Cafe
We have many exciting and challenging discussions at the Studio Museum. Many of them are sparked by deeply intellectual and challenging questions, which is part of what makes this a wonderful place to work. But then there is the one question we ask day after day, year after year, generally beginning at about 10:45am.
“What are we doing for lunch?”
Between D.F. and Dakar: Flavors of 116th Street
Perspective: My Harlem is a feature in Studio magazine and on the web that invites Studio Museum staff members—who commute from areas as far as Elizabeth, NJ and as close as a block away—to offer their own narratives of the neighborhood in which we work.
Special Projects Assistant, Gabrielle Lopez, offers a culinary tour of Harlem along with a couple delicious recipes, after the jump.
This past Sunday was a particularly exciting day at the Museum filled with fun, art workshops, book readings and a musical performance to celebrate Target’s Arts & Wonder Free Family Event. Both kids and grown-ups enjoyed making flowers out of old newspapers and magazines with former Studio Museum artist in residence Xenobia Bailey.
This Wednesday the Studio Museum celebrated the opening of our Summer exhibitions with a reception for members and friends. Despite the gloomy weather, a great crowd of artists, writers, curators and supporters came to preview Zwelethu Mthethwa: Inner Views, Usable Pasts: Artists in Residence 2009-10 and Hi-Res: Expanding the Walls 2010, along with our ongoing projects Harlem Postcards (this season featuring artists Sanford Biggers, Tiara Hernandez, Hew Locke and Ginger Brooks Takahashi) and StudioSound (this season, the sound piece Radio GooGoo by DJ /rupture).