TV Land Special | Sunday February 27th at 8 pm ET/PT
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.
at the Krannert Art Museum
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)
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.
Stargazers at 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.
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.
Henry Ossawa Tanner at The Des Moines Art Center
Henry Ossawa Tanner and his Contemporaries will be on view through February 27 at The Des Moines Art Center.
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and V. Mitch McEwen in Conversation
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.”
Public Art by Elizabeth Catlett
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.
Matana Roberts's Playlist
This week guest blogger Matana Roberts, our current StudioSound artist, shares some of her favorite music!