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:

Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts from the Museum Store

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  • Sheila Bridges Harlem Toile Bed Sheets 
    Item: #3311
    Price: $56.00
    Member Price: $47.60

  • Harlem Charm Bracelet by: G-Squared
    Item# 694
    Price: $325.00
    Member: $276.25

  • Knit Hat by: Two’s Company
    Item: #2917
    Price: $13.00
    Member: $11.05

  • Snowflake Mirror by: Two’s Company
    Item: #1589
    Price: $9.00
    Member: $7.65

  • Studio Museum in Harlem Coloring Book for little artists
    Item: #1338
    Price: $7.00
    Member: $5.95

  • Wardell Milan: Drawings of Harlem Umbrella created exclusively for the Studio Museum
    Item: 1376
    Price: $30.00
    Member Price: $25.50

  • Leaning Book Ends by: Kikkerland
    Item: #5027
    Price: $35.00
    Member Price: $29.75

  • Kamala Change Purse by: Two’s Company
    Item: #1558
    Price: $9.50
    Member Price: $8.07

  • Gear Clock by: Kikkerland
    Item: #5041
    Price: $68.00
    Member Price: $57.80

  • Re:Collection

    Selected workds from The Studio Museum in Harlem

    Item: #118
    Price: $24.95
    Member Price: $21.20

  • Harlem: A Century in Images
    Item: #118
    Price: $55.00
    Member Price: $46.75

  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Any Number of Preoccupations Exhibition Catalogue
    Item: #2907
    Price: $22.00
    Member Price: $18.70

Need to do some last minute holiday shopping? Head Uptown to the Studio Museum Store to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Browse through an exciting array of Studio Museum products and publications, including our special-edition Umbrella created exclusively by former Artist-in-Residence, Wardell Milan, as well as our Children's Coloring Book featuring the drawings of Studio Museum artists.

We carry the unique house wares of Harlem designer, Sheila Bridges. And we have a fun and whimsical assortment of unique and affordable gift items - from charm bracelets to gear clocks to colorful knit hats- that you'll only find at our Museum Store.

Happy Holidays and happy shopping!

Culture is a Glue

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.

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich’s Caribbean in America: Things and Time

Exhibition and Benefit for the Lambi Fund of Haiti

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  • Photo: Madeline Hunt-Ehrlich

  • Photo: Madeline Hunt-Ehrlich

  • Photo: Madeline Hunt-Ehrlich

Months after the earthquake that shook Haiti leaving its capitol city in shambles, and now giving way to an outburst of cholera, we published in Studio magazine a section dedicated to the country and its recent misfortune. Alongside an excerpt from acclaimed Haitian author Dany Laferriere and a photo essay documenting the artisan community of Croix-des-Bouquets, Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich contributed images and a reflective essay centering on the country’s diaspora, both here in New York and in Miami’s Haitian enclave, Little Haiti.

Break Down

Thelma Golden on blogging and Jason Moran

  • Jason Moran

  • Album: Artist in Residence
  • Track: Break Down 3:17

    I am not on Facebook. I don’t Tweet.* In fact, my lack of presence in the cyber world is so striking that it might be perceived that—as a curator—I privilege the real experience. While I don’t think I will ever get over the profound experience of being in the physical presence of a work of art, I welcome the occasion of our beautiful, newly redesigned website to share some of my ideas about art and inspiration with our online audience.

    The Undefeated Billboard Project

    Sanford Biggers

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    • Courtesy the artist

    • Courtesy the artist

    The Undefeated Billboard Project selects contemporary artists to create an artwork for a large billboard that sits atop the Undefeated store on Los Angeles’ La Brea Boulevard. Sanford Biggers, one of last season’s Harlem Postcard artists, is the most recent artist to be selected. Past artists include Studio Museum alums Gary Simmons and Kehinde Wiley.  I interviewed Sanford about the project and got the inside scoop...

    New Thoughts on Performativity, Race and Art at the Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park

    • Kerry James Marshall
      Untitled, 2009
      Acrylic on PVC
      Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

    What happens when we exhibit ourselves? In this moment in history, why is there a particular taste for abstract artwork? What is it about the black body in motion that is so enticing for the American public? These were the questions that presenters tackled at the annual Driskell Center Symposium: Performing Race in African American Visual Culture on Thursday, September 16th. Amongst panelists and audience members were artists, art historians, museum professionals and graduate students from across the country.

    Saluting Innovation and Promise at Gala 2010

    The Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize

    The Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, now in its fifth year, is one of the Studio Museum’s most exciting initiatives. The prize, established by jazz impresario, musician, and philanthropist George Wein in memory of his wife Joyce, is an unrestricted $50,000 award to an African-American artist of great innovation and promise. At last month's Gala, the 2010 Wein Prize was awarded to Leslie Hewitt.

    I <3 the Global Africa Project

    Notes and a craft project from MAD

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    • Peera, assembled!

    Part of the fun of working at a museum is that sometimes it’s okay to cut out of the office early and do something really fun—like, for instance, visit a museum.

    Harlem, USA 35 Years Later

    A Guest Blog Post by Dawoud Bey

    • Dawoud Bey
      Mr. Moore's Bar-B-Que, 125 Street, 1976
      Silver print
      Gift of the artist 79.1.8

    A writer once wrote that every place is simultaneously the place that it was and the place that it is. It is the combination of the two that constitutes the deeper meaning and experience of a place. And so it is with Harlem.