AfriCOBRA: Art for the People

TV Land Special | Sunday February 27th at 8 pm ET/PT

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  • Wadsworth Jarrell

    Revolutionary (Angela Davis), 1972

    Image Courtesy of TV Land

  • Barbara Jones-Hogu

    Unite, 1971

    Image Courtesy of TV Land

  • Jeff Donaldson

    JamPactJelliTite, 1988

    Image Courtesy of TV Land

Forty-one years after their first exhibition at the Studio Museum, AfriCOBRA still brims with ‘expressive awesomeness’!

AfriCOBRA: Art for the People is a fast paced documentary despite the group’s (generally) geriatric status. Dynamic cinematography, ‘real talk’ and AfriCOBRA’s signature ‘Koolaid Colors’ keep things fresh while bringing the group's canvases to life on screen. AfriCOBRA artists or ‘image makers’ describe the jazzy, polyrhythmic movement in their work as ’visual music’, a synesthetic idea not far from Kandinsky’s theories on sound and color.

iona rozeal brown

at the Krannert Art Museum

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  • iona rozeal brown
    a3 blackface #68, 2003
    Acrylic on paper
    Courtesy of David Rhodes
    © Iona Rozeal Brown

  • iona rozeal brown
    One for the Money, Two Faux the Show (Still Pimpin’) after Katsukawa Shun’eis Y the Actor Ichikawa Komazto III, 2006
    Acrylic and gold leaf on panel
    Courtesy of the University of Virginia Art Museum
    © Iona Rozeal Brown

  • iona rozeal brown
    Off the Dome, Sicker Than Your Average (sic), 2006
    Acrylic and gold leaf on paper
    Courtesy of Walter Ochinko and Timothy Christensen
    © Iona Rozeal Brown

Check out iona rozeal brown’s solo exhibition at the Krannert Art Museum, on view through May 15, 2011. Brown’s paintings focus on the relationship between African American hip-hop culture and contemporary Japanese society. Brown was one of the featured artists in Black Belt (2003), a group exhibition here at the Studio Museum and has a few paintings in our permanent collection.


Selected Works from The Studio Museum in Harlem

  • Carrie Mae Weems
    Untitled (Black Love), 1999/2001
    Three gelatin silver prints
    Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee  02.20.1

Carrie Mae Weems: Untitled (Black Love)

by Xaviera Simmons

Is it possible to locate the interior language of these longings? Are the locations of desire found in the waiting, the reunion or the exact moments before the embrace? What are the minute details found in memories and where are the specific locations in the body that hold the space of waiting? The memory of time always bonds as this triptych rests on time as a cycle of moments of wait, of steps to come and of embraces desired, willed to and longed for.

Check It Out

Stargazers at The Bronx Museum

  • Stargazers (installation view) 
    courtesy The Bronx Museum

Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists will be on view through May 29 at The Bronx Museum

Installation view includes the following works:
Sanford Biggers, Afropick, 2005; Elizabeth Catlett, Homage to the Panthers,1970; Elizabeth Catlett, Reclining Woman (Mujer Reclinada), 2006;  Lalla Essaydi, Idle Afternoon #2, 2008.

Snow Day in Harlem!

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  • Photo by Gabrielle Lopez

  • photo by Donald Andrew Agarrat

  • 127th Street between 5th & Lenox Avenues
    Photo by Amanda Russhell Wallace

  • Photo by Hallie Hobson

  • Photo by Lynn Lieberman

  • 110th Street near Lenox Avenue
    Photo by Lynn Lieberman

  • Photo by Gabrielle Lopez

  • 112th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
    Photo by Lynn Lieberman

  • Photo by @butterflyylost

  • 127th Street between 5th Lenox Avenues
    Photo by Amanda Russhell Wallace

  • photo by Donald Andrew Agarrat

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.

Museum Closed Today Due to Inclement Weather

Snow Day!

The Studio Museum is closed today, January 27, due to the snow. Send us your pictures of Harlem in the snow and we will publish on Studio Blog!

Pick of the Week

Henry Ossawa Tanner at The Des Moines Art Center

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner
    The Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water, c.1907
    Oil on canvas
    51 1/2 x 42 in.
    Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the Des Moines Association of Fine Arts, 1921.1

Henry Ossawa Tanner and his Contemporaries will be on view through February 27 at The Des Moines Art Center




Books & Authors: UP/DOWN, NORTH/SOUTH

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and V. Mitch McEwen in Conversation

  • Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
    Photo: Francois Halard

In August 1964, Harper’s Magazine published a 1948 essay by Ralph Ellison called “Harlem is Nowhere,” in which he writes: “The phrase ‘I’m nowhere’ expresses the feeling borne in upon many Negroes that they have no stable, recognized place in society. One’s identity drifts in a capricious reality in which even the most commonly held assumptions are questionable. One ‘is’ literally, but one is nowhere; one wanders dazed in a ghetto maze, a ‘displaced person’ of American democracy.” Separate from the social and economic changes taking place in Harlem, Ellison was interested in contextualizing its “psychological character.”

Invisible Man Revealed!

Public Art by Elizabeth Catlett

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I recently got an invitation that featured a striking image of Elizabeth Catlett’s Invisible Man (2003), a public sculpture in Riverside Park. I am embarrassed to say that I did not know that this monumental (15 feet tall!) work by an artist whose work I love is installed less than two miles away. I can’t wait to walk over and check it out…maybe when it stops snowing.

The Sounds behind StudioSound

Matana Roberts's Playlist

  • Matana Roberts
    Papa Joe (from COIN COIN Happenings), 2010
    Photocollage, charcoal and pastel on cardboard
    Courtesy the artist

This week guest blogger Matana Roberts, our current StudioSound artist, shares some of her favorite music!

My thirst for sound knowledge spirals from the traditions of the jazz alto saxophone, which is my main tool of reference, or "weapon of choice," as it was recently described to me. But it is heavily combined at this point with other sound aspects that intrigue me and filter through my work right now, such as language, repetition and trance. Below are items on my current playlist, chosen completely randomly. There's so much sound to explore out there, that I can barely keep track myself. By the time this posts, I will be onwards to completely different soundscapes most likely, but here are a few that I thought might pique any sound-seeker's interest: