The Getty Museum’s newest educational initiative Open Studio: A Collection of Artmaking Ideas by Artists launched this summer and is shaking up traditional approaches to museum education. Developed by artist Mark Bradford, Open Studio shifts authorship, which traditionally resides with professional educators, to a dynamic group of contemporary artists, many of whom are featured in Studio Museum’s collection. Among the ranks are artists Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker and Kerry James Marshall.
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).
Louis Gagliano & Stefan Handl
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: Louis Gagliano & Stefan Handl
Level: Contemporary Friends
Occupations: Owners, Harlem Flo Floral Atelier
Members since: 2009
A New Book from the Studio Museum and Skira Rizzoli
This fall, along with the publisher, Skira Rizzoli, The Studio Museum in Harlem will release a photographic survey of nearly two hundred images of Harlem from the early 1900s to the present. Harlem: A Century in Images tells the story of Harlem through the eyes and lenses of some of the most important artists and photographers of the twentieth century. The first book of its kind, Harlem will also include essays by Deborah Willis, Cheryl Finley and Elizabeth Alexander, with a forward by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Artists include: Richard Avedon, Eve Arnold, Alice Attie, Dawoud Bey, Cornell Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leonard Freed, Chester Higgins, Jr., Helen Levitt, Gordon Parks, Jamel Shabazz, Aaron Siskind, James VanDerZee and Weegee.
Studio Museum Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes and artist Noah Davis in conversation:
Tell us about The Gardener (2009). Is it based on a real person?
The Gardener is Osiris, who ruled Egypt in a time of great cultural and agricultural prosperity. After being hoaxed by his brother Seth and seventy-two conspirators, he was made to enter a chest. The chest was then sealed shut and tossed into the Nile, where it became his coffin. It later washes up in Byblos and drifts ashore into the roots of a sapling. Strengthened by Osiris, the sapling grows in a single night into a tall and graceful tree. Osiris became the Egyptian God of the afterlife.