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Saluting Elizabeth Catlett

1915-2012

The Board of Trustees and staff of The Studio Museum in Harlem salute the life and legacy of Elizabeth Catlett, one of the most exceptional artists of our time. Her incomparable commitment to art, education and activism will influence and inspire generations to come, and she will be deeply missed. Our sincere condolences to her family.

Read more from The New York Times.

Spring 2012 Opening [Photos]

Highlights

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  • Main gallery space featuring Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • 2010-11 Studio Museum AIR Kamau Amu Patton with spring 2012 Harlem Postcards artist Leilah Weinraub.
    Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Who, What, Wear: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • John Outterbridge's The Rag Factory in the main gallery space. 

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Assistant Curator Naima Keith and Tim Stockton of Visitor Services. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem (entrance). Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Artist Jacolby Satterwhite in front of his installtion Country Ball 1989-2010. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Viewer admiring Jennie C. Jones's Objects. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes and artist Lorraine O'Grady. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Artist Ralph Lemon with Thelma Golden. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Thelma Golden and Marcus Samuelsson. Photo: Scott Rudd

On March 28, guests were invited to preview the Spring 2012 Exhibitions and Projects: Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions; Ralph Lemon: 1856 Cessna Road; and Harlem Postcards. Highlights include work by artists Nayland Blake, Jennie C. Jones, Lorraine O’Grady, John Outterbridge and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as recent contributions to The Bearden Project. A wonderful and refreshing preview to kick off the Spring season!

Throwback Interviews

Kehinde Wiley

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  • Kehinde Wiley
    LL Cool J, 2005
    Oil on canvas, 96 x 72 in
    LL Cool J
    Image courtesy of Kehinde Wiley

  • Kehinde Wiley
    Place Soweto (National Assembly), 2008
    Oil on canvas, 8 x 6 ft.
    Courtesy the artist and Deitch Projects, NY

  • Kehinde Wiley
    Big Daddy Kane, 2005
    Oil on canvas, 96 x 72 in
    John Morrissey, courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California
    Image courtesy of Kehinde Wiley

  • Cover of The World Stage: Africa Lagos ~ Dakar, 2008, Rizzoli NY.
    Pictured: Kehinde Wiley
    On Top of the World, 2008
    Oil on canvas, 6 x 5 ft.
    Courtesy the artist and Deitch Projects, NY

The public response to the Kehinde Wiley show at the Jewish Museum, The World Stage: Israel has sparked interest in his earlier body of works, which is fantastic! We are always excited to see interviews and footage resurface so we can reflect on an artist's work.

Counting the Block

Kira Lynn Harris's The Block | Bellona is one of those works of art you can look at again and again and always see something new. Inspired by another of my favorite blocks, I decided to enumerate a few of these things! In The Block | Bellona you'll find:

  • 68 windows (but only 5 shades!)
  • 11 doors
  • 5 angels
  • 5 cars
  • 3 birds
  • 2 cats
  • 1 fence
  • 1 TV
  • 1 light bulb

(I didn't count the bricks!)

Sneak Peek

Jennie C. Jones Installation [Photos]

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  • Securing support for Jones' installation: The "hole" on our second floor leading to the main gallery space below. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Installing Jones' cable cord suspended from ceiling. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Installing Jones' cable cord suspended from ceiling (detail). Photo: Sophia Bruneau

The installation for Spring 2012 shows continue! Enjoy more exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos documenting Friday's installation of Jennie C. Jones' site specific artwork, Objects.

Spring exhibitions and projects open Thursday, March 29. Click here for more info.

Sneak Peek

John Outterbridge Installation [Photos]

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  • Rags for John Outterbridge's The Rag Factory 
    Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • John Outterbridge installs The Rag Factory assisted by the Studio Museum exhibition manager and art handlers
    Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • John Outterbridge installs The Rag Factory assisted by the Studio Museum exhibition manager and art handlers
    Photo: Dominic Hackley

The Studio Museum gears up for Spring exhibitions and projects opening next Thursday, March 29. Enjoy these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos documenting John Outterbridge, installing his site specific artwork, The Rag Factory.

Celebrating Kehinde Wiley

Portraiture Then and Now 2001-2012

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  • Down, installation view, 2008. Courtesy of the Deitch Archive and the artist.

  • Cover of Kehinde Wiley (2012), available for sale May 15, 2012.

  • After Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres' "The Virgin with the Host," 2009 (left) and After Sir Anythony Van Dyck's "Triple Portrait of Charles I," 2009 (right)

  • The Lamentation Over the Dead Christ, 2008

  • Idrissa Ndiaye, 2008 (top left); Matar Mbaye II, 2008 (top right); Mame Ngagne, 2008 (bottom left); Tosin Otegbole, 2008 (bottom right and opposite).

Our Communications Office is populated with many, many publications: archive issues of Studio, press clippings, newspapers, magazines, press releases...but our favorite publications often come in colorful, lavish packaging with pages so captivating we are always eager to discuss. The books featuring our artists always grab our attention, and the new profile of Kehinde Wiley (2012), which will be published later this spring, is no exception. We are pleased to share a preview of the newest book about Wiley’s extraordinary portraiture, which he commenced in 2001 while in residence at our Museum, and the World Stage series, which brought him acclaim.

Walking Bearden’s Block

at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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  • Romare Bearden
    The Block (installation view), 1971
    Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite, 48 x 216 in.
    Photo: Lauren Glaves.

  • Romare Bearden
    The Block (detail), 1971
    Photo: Lauren Glaves.

  • Romare Bearden
    The Block (detail), 1971
    Photo: Lauren Glaves.

Last seen in the spring of 2010, Romare Bearden’s The Block (1971) is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in celebration of the centennial of his birthday. On the eve of his first museum retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1971, Bearden was seated in writer and close friend Albert Murray’s apartment, as he recorded the view of Lenox Avenue between 132nd and 133rd streets in a series of sketches, which informed the process for the six paneled, 18 foot wide triumph, The Block.

Art | Hip-Hop | Israel

Kehinde Wiley Preview | The Wind Up at The Jewish Museum

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  • Ethiopian-Israeli hip-hop artist Kalkidan Mashasha
    Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Composer-multimedia artist and writer Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid
    Photo: Sophia Bruneau
     

One amazing truth about Hip-Hop music is that it has the power to embed itself anywhere in the world and become part of a global urban culture. Drop a beat, enter your language here, and it becomes a vessel, a mirror of whatever you want it to be.  Last night at The Jewish Museum, Hip-Hop reflected a beautiful mix of language, religion, art and culture in The Wind Up. Israel and Hip-Hop were all wrapped up in one beautiful package inspired by Kehinde Wiley’s newest exhibition, The World Stage: Israel, at The Jewish Museum.