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Interview with Benjamin Barson

  • Photo: Sasha Mishkin

On Friday, June 22nd,  Katrina De Wees, Education Assistant at The Studio Museum in Harlem, sat down with Benjamin Barson, Production Manager at Ginny’s Supper Club Red Rooster Harlem, to discuss his most recent project, in collaboration with Arturo O’Farrill’s Grammy Award Winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and El Museo Del Barrio.

Katrina De Wees: Can you start with an introduction of yourself?

Preserving Legacy with Jamel Shabazz

  • Natasha Adams
    Darlene, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

In Hands On: Photography – Preserving Legacy students participated in a project that documented their family and communities over the course of a week. In this two-part workshop, photographer and educator Jamel Shabazz shared his work, discussed his art-making philosophy, and offered practical and technical direction for taking photos. Shabazz guided students in an invaluable project that preserves the legacy of what is important to them through photography.

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  • Yasmine Braithwaite
    A Moment in Time, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

     

  • Natasha Adams
    Aunty, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

  • Philip Romero
    Family Over Everything, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

  • Philip Romero
    Mom and Brother, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

  • Yasmine Braithwaite
    Reminiscing, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

  • Philip Pine
    Untitled 1, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

  • Nazareth Battice
    Untitled 1, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

  • Nazareth Battice
    Untitled 2, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

  • Isaiah Bonnie
    Untitled, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

  • Isaiah Bonnie
    Untitled 2, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

  • Philip Pine
    Untitled 2, 2012
    Courtesy the artist

Summer Opening 2012 [Photos]

Highlights

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  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

  • Photo: Will Ragozzino

On Wednesday, June 13, guests were invited to the opening of the Summer 2012 Exhibitions and Projects: Caribbean: Crossroads of the World; Primary Sources: 2011-12 Artists in Residence; Illuminations: Expanding the Walls 2012; and Harlem Postcards Summer 2012. The old meets the new in this refreshing group of exhibitions with works spanning from the 1790s through 2012, including new works from this year's artists in residence: Njideka Akunyili, Meleko Mokgosi and Xaviera Simmons. 

Thelma's on Instagram!

  • Photo: Thelma Golden

We are so excited that our Director and Chief Curator has joined the Instagram bandwagon! Search for thelmagolden and check out her instagram—it's our new obsession!

Sneak Peek Summer 2012 Installation [Photos]

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  • Installation of Xaviera Simmons's work for Primary Sources: Artists in Residence 2011-12. Photo: Lauren Haynes

  • Installation of Primary Sources: Artists in Residence 2011-12. Photo: Lauren Haynes

  • Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • Photo: Dominic Hackley

We are officially gearing up for our Summer 2012 Exhibitions and Projects featuring Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, Primary Sources: Artists in Residence 2011-12, Illuminations: Expanding the Walls 2012, and Harlem Postcards Summer 2012 opening Thursday, June 14!

 

Made in L.A. 2012

Assistant Curator Naima Keith Attends "Made in L.A." Opening

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  • Brenna Youngblood Installation, 2012

  • "Made in L.A.," 2012

  • Nzuji De Magalhães Installation, 2012

  • "Made in L.A.," 2012

  • Nzuji De Magalhães, 2012

Last week, I swapped coasts to attend the opening of “Made in L.A. 2012,” Los Angeles’s first biennial. “Made in L.A. 2012”—collaboratively organized by the Hammer Museum and LAXART—is an exciting survey of contemporary artistic production in L.A., exhibiting new work from sixty emerging and under-recognized artists produced for the biennial. Although many of the participating artists share the same zip code, their work is incredibly diverse spanning all imaginable themes and mediums—imbuing this LA-based exhibition with international relevance. Matching the immensity of the L.A. landmass, the large-scale exhibition is installed in three different locations throughout the city: The Hammer Museum in Westwood, LAXART in Culver City, and the Department of Cultural Affairs Gallery in Barnsdall Park.

CBS2 Spotlight on Kira Lynn Harris [VIDEO]

Art That's Meant To Be An Experience

Spring Luncheon 2012 [Photos]

Highlights

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  • The Studio Museum in Harlem Spring Luncheon. Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Guest Honoree Debra L. Lee, Chairman & CEO, BET Networks.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Gerald Leavell, ETW and Youth Programs Coordinator and ETW participant and speaker, Zeus Eugene.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Director & Chief Curator Thelma Golden and Jeanine Liburd
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Jacqueline Nickelberry
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • L-R: Alicia Bythewood, Thelma Golden and Star Jones
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Christine Y. Kim and daughter Lulu Grier-Kim.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • R-L: Meleko Mokgosi, Thomas Lax , Liz Gwinn, and Njideka Akunyili.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Jonelle Procope and Debra Lee
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Nicole Ari Parker and Debra Lee.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Marcus Samuelsson, Thelma Golden, Mario Rinaldi
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Dominic Hackley and Erin Gilbert presenting champagne jeroboam.
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

  • Deborah Roberts and Crystal McCrary
    Photo: Julie Skarratt

On Friday, May 11, 2012, The Studio Museum in Harlem held its sixth annual Spring Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental New York, saluting Debra L. Lee, Chairman & CEO, BET Netowrks.

The Artist's Voice feat. Kira Lynn Harris [VIDEO]

in conversation with Lauren Haynes

In case you missed The Artist's Voice featuting Kira Lynn Harris in conversation with Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes last month, check it out here!

On March 29, 2012 Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes sat down with Kira Lynn Harris to discuss her current exhibition Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona. In this exhibition, Harris reimagines The Block (1971), Romare Bearden’s iconic, six-panel, eighteen-foot-long collage depicting life in Harlem. With The Block as a touchstone, Harris, whose interdisciplinary practice mixes video, photography, drawing, painting and site-specific installation, creates a scene of a contemporary, alternate Harlem.

Arts & Minds Celebrates First Exhibition Opening

at Lumen Gallery, NYC

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  • Arts & Minds artwork at Lumen Gallery. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Arts & Minds program participant photographed in front of artwork, a collage piece inspired by Bearden Project artist, Dominique Moody. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • [L-R]: Shanta Scott, Manager of School, Youth & Family Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Landon and Celia Wickham, program participants; Carolyn Halpin-Healy, Executive Director of Arts & Minds. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

April 23, 2012 marked Arts & Mindsfirst-ever exhibition opening at Lumen Gallery in New York City, celebrating the artwork created by the program’s participants at The Studio Museum in Harlem over the course of the year.

In the Fall of 2011, program participants dove deep into collage, inspired by the Studio Museum's Fall exhibition, The Bearden Project. Watercolors, newspaper, and even natural materials such as eucalyptus and twigs were used to interpret the participant’s own creative responses to various works from The Bearden Project. The evolution of the participants' technique and ability was clearly visible that night, and the framed artworks were proof of how powerful art can be as a therapeutic tool. Meanwhile, the artists behind the artwork glowed with pride.