Apr 1—Jun 27, 2010
Collected. Reflections on the Permanent Collection offers a series of meditations on artworks entrusted to The Studio Museum in Harlem. Envisioned as eight exhibitions within an exhibition and featuring approximately 100 works that span the mid-century to today, Reflections investigates shared thematic concerns between the works on view. These include media and materials; traditional art historical genres like portraiture and landscape; and cultural notions of history and memory. The distinct viewpoints of the exhibition’s sections aim to provide fresh modes of visual reflection by reinterpreting, reexamining and resituating these pieces into critical conversation with one another. Reflections is the second in the “Collected” exhibition series, continuing the exploration begun in Collected. Propositions on the Permanent Collection (Spring 2009). The first installment focused on the collecting methodology of the Museum on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary.
The works on display embody the Studio Museum’s mission and programming, presenting historically significant work by artists of African descent, and art inspired by Black culture locally, nationally and internationally. They also evidence the Museum’s ongoing collecting processes, incorporating pieces acquired from former artists in residence, artists featured in past exhibitions, as well as gifts and works acquired through the Acquisitions Committee. Collected. Reflections on the Permanent Collection was organized by the curatorial team of Thelma Golden, Naomi Beckwith, Lauren Haynes, Thomas J. Lax, Tasha Parker and Abbe Schriber. Reflections offers innovative ways to see the Museum’s collection in the present moment, and allows an opportunity to contemplate the rich, expansive range of ideas linking artists throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Below, hear a selection of scholars, museum staff and curators, as well as some of the artists included in Collected. Reflections speak about works in the exhibition.