Collection Highlight

Houston Conwill's The Joyful Mysteries (1984–2034 A.D.)

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  • Houston Conwill
    The Joyful Mysteries (1984–2034 A.D.), 1984
    The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of the artist 91.6a–g


    Also pictured (on wall):
    Tom Lloyd
    Narokan, 1965
    The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin K. Davidson 88.3

    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Houston Conwill
    The Joyful Mysteries (1984–2034 A.D.), 1984
    The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of the artist 91.6a–g

The Joyful Mysteries (1984–2034 A.D.) (1984) are seven bronze time capsules created by Houston Conwill (b. 1947) and contain confidential testaments by seven distinguished black Americans: visual artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988); historian Lerone Bennett, Jr. (b. 1928); the first African-American mayor of Gary, Indiana, Richard Gordon Hatcher (b. 1933); attorney, activist and current United States Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (b. 1937); writer Toni Morrison (b. 1931); and opera singer Leontyne Price (b. 1927). The capsules will be opened in September 2034, fifty years after their creation. The time capsules were originally buried in the Studio Museum’s sculpture garden on August 12, 1984 with the assistance of ten New York City school children and were moved to their current location on the Museum's lower level in March 2013.

Behind the Scenes

Spring 2013 Sneak Peek, Part 2

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  • David Hartt: Stray Light

  • David Hartt: Stray Light

  • Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher

  • Fred Wilson: Local Color

  • Fred Wilson: Local Color

Another day of installation of our upcoming Spring 2013 exhibitions and projects is underway in the galleries for David Hartt: Stray Light, Fred Wilson: Local Color, Ayé A. Aton: Space Time Continuum and Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher

Behind the Scenes

Spring 2013 Exhibitions and Projects

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  • Beauford Delaney and Julie Mehretu, Brothers and Sisters

  • Richard Mayhew and a recent Delaney acquisition, Brothers and Sisters

  • Kori Newkirk, Brothers and Sisters


  • Aerial view of the Main Gallery during Assembly Required installation

  • Dave McKenzie (foreground), Adia Millett and Hew Locke (background), Assembly Required

  • Clifford Owens (background) and Demetrius Oliver (foreground), Assembly Required

  • Ben Jones, Assembly Required

  • Malvin Gray Johnson, our collection highlight for Spring 2013

Installation of our upcoming Spring 2013 exhibitions and projects is underway in the galleries— Assembly Required in the Main Gallery and Brothers and Sisters in Mezzanine East. These exhibitions (and more) open next Thursday, March 28! 


Teaching and Learning with Valerie Piraino

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  • Valerie Piraino
    By Proxy, 2012
    Courtesy the artist
    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Artist Valerie Piraino

On February 12, 2009-2010 artist-in-residence Valerie Piraino, whose work is currently on view in Fore, discussed her artistic practice and led a hands-on demonstration as part of our Teaching and Learning Workshop series. They are are exhibition-specific workshops and seminars designed for teachers in core curriculum areas that focus on creative methods for using and integrating art in the classroom. Educators left with an experimental technique that connected to Common Core standards in English and Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies as well as a lesson plan and model for their classrooms.

Visualizing Historic Spaces Through Untitled (Structures)

A brief look into Untitled (Structures): Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with Bradford Young

  • Leslie Hewitt (b. 1977), in collaboration with Bradford Young (b. 1970)
    Untitled (Structures), 2012
    Courtesy the artists and Lucien Terras, Inc.

Former Studio Museum artist-in-residence and 2010 recipient of the Joyce Alexander Wein Prize, Leslie Hewitt (b. 1977) brings a fresh and dynamic perspective into how we visually experience our history in her new film installation, Untitled (Structures) (2012), at the Menil Collection in Houston.

Looking Back

History on Paper

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  • Studio Museum in Harlem Proposal Booklet, 1968

  • Exhibition announcement with checklist for Elizabeth Catlett: Prints and Sculpture, 1972

  • Exhibition announcement for Romare Bearden: The Prevalence of Ritual, 1972

  • Press release for Beauford Delaney: A Retrospective, 1978

  • Artists in Residence brochure, 1979

  • Exhibition announcement for I Remember Norman: A Memorial Exhibition for Norman Lewis, 1980

  • Exhibition announcement for The Sound I Saw: The Jazz Photographs of Roy DeCarava, 1983

  • Exhibition announcement for Tradition and Conflict: Images of a Turbulent Decade (1963-1973), 1985

  • Artists in Residence brochure, 1992-93

  • Education brochure for Afro-Caribbean Culture: The World of Wifredo Lam, 1992-93

As a Curatorial Intern at the Studio Museum in Harlem, it has been exciting to work behind the scenes as part of the planning process of exhibitions supporting the Museum’s mission as a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. One of my favorite moments during my internship happened when I first glimpsed into the archives of earlier exhibitions that have happened here. Brochures, pamphlets, and other didactic materials used in promoting the exhibitions on view are meant to be taken by visitors for additional information, but are not necessarily made to be kept. The ephemeral nature of these materials, often printed on paper and easily recyclable, means that they are not often saved long enough to be able to review at a later period.

Winter/Spring 2013 Issue of Studio Magazine

  • Studio Winter/Spring 2013 covers

    (left): Kianja Strobert, Untitled (detail), 2012. Courtesy the artist and Zach Feuer, New York

    (right): David Hartt, Lounge, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago

The latest issue of Studio is now available at the Museum, as a viewable e-book here or as a downloadable PDF here!

This issue includes covers by artists Kianja Strobert and David Hartt; a conversation between David Hartt, Thelma Golden and Thomas J. Lax about his upcoming Spring 2013 exhibition at Studio Museum; an introduction to our 2012-13 Artists in Residence; a report from dOCUMENTA (13); and commentaries on inspiration from the artists featured in Fore.


Jennie C. Jones on Soundcheck

Joyce Alexander Wein Prize winner in conversation with John Schaefer

  • Jennie C. Jones
    Soft Gray Tone with Reverberation, 2013
    Acoustic sound absorbing panel and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
    Courtesy the artist

Kwanzaa Community Quilt Project 2011

  • Kwanzaa Community Quilt Project 2011–12
    Photo: Sophia Bruneau

Visit the Museum Store now through December 31, 2012 to view the culmination of the 2011 Kwanzaa Community Quilt Project. Members and visitors to the Studio Museum began constructing the quilt December 2011 during Target Free Sunday workshops to celebrate the core Kwanzaa values of Culture, Creativity, and Unity. Interest grew and the project continued until August 2012 under the volunteer leadership of Ife Felix, founding member of the Harlem Girls Quilt Circle. We hope all will enjoy this labor of love and community.

Robert S. Duncanson

An Antebellum African-American Artist

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  • Robert S. Duncanson
    Landscape Mural (depicting a wilderness scene with twisting, rotting tree trunks and a swiftly flowing river), ca. 1850-52
    Courtesy Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati

  • Robert S. Duncanson
    Landscape Mural (with gently flowing river flanked by two trees), ca. 1850-52
    Courtesy Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati

  • Robert S. Duncanson
    Land of the Lotus Eaters, 1861
    Courtesy Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati

  • Foyer of the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Courtesy Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati

There are only two weeks left to see a fantastic exhibition here in New York City: Robert S. Duncanson: An Antebellum African-American Artist, on view at Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery through December 8.