On June 24, the New York Times broke the news of the Studio Museum's new set of initiatives designed to explore dynamic ways to work in the community and take the institution beyond its walls: inHarlem. inHarlem encompasses a wide range of artistic and programmatic ventures, from site-specific artists’ projects to collaborative presentations with civic and cultural partners in the Harlem neighborhood.
The first inHarlem projects will be specially commissioned sculptural works by artists Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk and Rudy Shepherd, to be realized in Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park, St. Nicholas Park and Jackie Robinson Park, respectively. The installations in these four iconic and historic Harlem parks will be on view from August 25, 2016, to July 25, 2017.
inHarlem also includes programmatic collaborations launching in summer 2016, with the New York Public Library (NYPL) as an inaugural lead partner. The Studio Museum and NYPL will co-present literature- and family-related programs at the Library’s George Bruce branch in Harlem, including Books, Authors & Kids—an art-making, storytelling and book signing series for families—and Studio Salon, a series of talks, book clubs and writing workshops for adults. The first Books, Authors & Kids program at the George Bruce Library will take place on June 30, featuring poet and musician Kathy Z. Price, while Studio Salon at the George Bruce Library will launch in fall 2016.
An exciting new chapter in the Studio Museum’s nearly fifty-year history of dynamic arts programming, inHarlem is an expanded way of thinking about the Museum’s relationship to its surrounding community. In the coming months, The Studio Museum in Harlem will announce additional inHarlem initiatives—including artists’ projects, public programs and educational activities—with diverse partners throughout the neighborhood.