This past month London was bustling with art openings, projects, and performances, all a part of a phenomenon known as “Frieze.” From October 11–14, Regent’s Park played host to the Frieze art fair, presenting over 170 international contemporary galleries as well as a prestigious program of artist commissions and talks. Now in its tenth edition, Frieze London continues to be one of the art highlights of the year, generating a week filled with not only lucrative transactions, but also creative expression and critical awareness.
Notably, works by many Studio Museum in Harlem artists were prominently featured throughout the fair grounds. Here are some highlights of pieces by artists involved at the Museum, either through being represented in our Permanent Collection or having participated in our acclaimed Artist-in-Residence program. Enjoy!
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The newly released The Bearden Project is the capstone of the Studio Museum’s exhibition by the same name—celebrating the centennial of Romare Bearden’s birth. It includes all 100 works inspired, informed, and influenced by Bearden, as well as artist statements detailing exactly how the iconic pioneer affected their work. The intergenerational group of artists, working with an array of mediums, includes some privileged to have known Bearden personally and others who encountered his work through later exhibitions. As museum director Thelma Golden points out, “What these artists share… is an awareness of the crucial importance of Bearden’s contributions to their development, both institutionally and creatively, as visual artists.”
Due to the recent weather conditions, The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Fall/Winter 2012–13 Exhibitions and Projects, including Fore and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967, will now open on November 11, 2012, instead of November 8, as previously announced. We look forward to updating you soon with more news.
The Museum staff and board send best wishes for the safety and well-being of all our friends, neighbors and colleagues.
For Kura Shomali, an artist living and working in Kinshasa, Congo, L’art est une camisole et je ne sais comment la porte; une peur intérieure de ne pas pouvoir répondre aux peurs collectives. Seul l’art pourra l’apaiser.
"Art is a straight jacket and I do not know how to wear it; an inner fear of not being able to meet the collective fears. Only art can soothe."
Will Rawls in Conversation with Thomas J. Lax
Dancer and choreographer Will Rawls (b. 1978) recently finished performing in British-German artist Tino Sehgal’s (b. 1976) This Variation, in dOCUMENTA (13). Founded in 1955 in the wake of World War II, documenta is an exhibition of international contemporary art occurring every five years in Kassel, Germany. In This Variation, audience-members enter a darkened room in Hugenottenhaus, a disused building in Kassel constructed by migrant workers in the early nineteenth century. A group of contemporary dancers, singers, musicians, physical theater actors and a mime respond with sounds, speech fragments and movement phrases, what Rawls calls a “dramaturgy of events”. The work is made live, as the order, volume, and direction of the dramaturgy are decided by and communicated amongst the dancers in direct response to the audience.
The Museum store is partnering with Uptown Girls Harlem Book Club to carry upcoming titles and past favorites.
For October's title, the store will feature This is How You Lose Her ($26.95) by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz. This compelling collection of short stories centers on "Junior," an unfaithful boyfriend who discovers the hard way that “the half-life of love is forever.”
For November, check out Game Change ($16.99) by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin which explores the untold story behind 2008’s historic presidential election.
Both are available now in the Museum store.
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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
Harlem is the center of African-American culture. Being a Harlem native, I know this is a neighborhood built on a rich and remarkable history that spans decades. One recent afternoon, I took some time to reflect on this neighborhood's tradition and beauty (all through the lens of my smart phone)! As I stepped outside I was immediately enveloped by the hustle and bustle of 125th Street.
I made my way up to 145th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. and commenced my mini photo tour through Harlem. As I was taking photos, the memories of the Harlem I used to know came flooding back to mind. It finally dawned on me how much Harlem has physically changed!
I realize now more than ever that I should appreciate the things that are familiar all the while accepting changes that are for the better. Feel free to check out some photos from my day in Harlem!
Former Studio Museum in Harlem artist-in-residence, Terry Adkins, brings together thirty years of work for his new installation at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The works of art in Recital pay homage to the legacies of Bessie Smith, W. E. B. Du Bois, John Brown, Matthew Henson and John Coltrane, among others. Adkins’s creative research sheds light on lesser-known aspects of their biographies, such as Jimi Hendrix’s military training as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, or the question of Beethoven’s Moorish ancestry. In his sculpture, photography, and video, Adkins transforms and re-purposes a range of found materials, archival imagery, and reclaimed actions in a process that he calls potential disclosure.