The First Studio Poetry and Short Story Contest
Are you a poet? Do you like to write short stories? Have you ever written a poem or a short story using an artwork as inspiration? Are you between the ages of two and eighteen? If so, you’re invited to participate in Studio magazine’s first short story and poetry contest, A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words.
Ronak K. Kapadia
Office Hours is a new feature in Studio magazine and on the web that engages artists, scholars and organizers on the application of critical knowledge and theory.
Ronak K. Kapadia is a PhD candidate in NYU’s American Studies program. He is currently writing his dissertation on creative responses to state security, immigrant detention, surveillance, and the U.S. empire since the late 1970s.
Legendary performance/visual artist and avant-garde “drag superstar,” Vaginal Davis, has been interrogating notions of theater, performance, blackness and queer politics since the 1980s. Davis recently performed her critically acclaimed show at P.S. 122, Vaginal Davis Is Speaking from the Diaphragm, which uses a talk-show format and a set design channeling “kindergarten occultism.” Read a brief interview with the artist after the jump.
The Fondation Beyeler marks what would have been the fiftieth birthday of the outstanding American draftsman and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat with the largest exhibition of his work ever held in Europe. Curated by Dieter Buchhart and Sam Keller, with the support of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, New York, the show includes over 100 works, tracing Basquiat’s unique artistic development and reflecting on his place in art history.
Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
May 9–September 5, 2010
Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas brings together a group of Felrath Hines (1913-1993) paintings, recently given to several North Carolina museums, and juxtaposes them with work by his contemporary, Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891-1978). Hines was a founding member of the Spiral Group, the artist collective organized by Romare Bearden in New York in 1963. This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to see vibrant work by two great abstract painters side-by-side.
Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
June 10 - September 5, 2010
On May 14, I sat down with recent University of Pennsylvania MFA graduate Jacolby Satterwhite for a post-studio, studio visit. Using the core elements of his practice—a laptop and two portable DVD players—Satterwhite showed me a body of work still in progress, complex and unresolved. His projects, which center on his own body, cross various media, high and low culture, public and private space, and real and virtual environments. “Living in a liminal space is important to me,” he said. “That’s the only way I’m going to break boundaries and do different things, not just become a commodity.”
In his first solo exhibition in Canada, Kerry James Marshall (Studio Museum artist in residence 1985-86) tells visible and invisible stories of black America. This exhibition features three diverse and significant series, each of which present a historically-informed exploration of black life: "Garden Projects," a series of vibrant urban scenes based on public housing projects on the South Side of Chicago and Watts; "Souvenirs," late-1990s paintings of middle-class living rooms; and "Vignettes," idyllic images of black couples in sumptuous romantic landscapes reminiscent of eighteenth-century Rococo paintings.
Kerry James Marshall
Vancouver Artgallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
May 8, 2010–January 3, 2011
Dawoud Bey, who has had a long relationship with the Studio Museum, beginning with the exhibition Harlem, USA (1979), brings his recent series of life-size photographs of American teens to Virginia this year. The photographs in Class Pictures are accompanied by the sitters’ descriptions of their own lives, creating a holistic portrait of American youth at the dawn of the 21st century.
Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
March 26–August 6, 2010
Studio Museum x Goethe-Institut
This fall the Studio Museum launches its collaboration with Goethe-Institut New York, the German government’s cultural institution in the city. off/site will include public programs at the Studio Museum, as well as exhibitions, artist projects, and programs in the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building—a newly renovated gallery space in the East Village. Taking place outside of Harlem and a distance from Germany, this joint effort speaks to each institution’s commitment to contemporary ideas and cultural specificity within a global context. off/site engages an aesthetic of experimentation, collaboration and interactivity, prioritizing local interventions that reference multiple identities and locations.
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