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Collection in Context

Selections from the Permanent Collection

Alma Thomas
Space, 1966
Acrylic on paper, 7 x 6 in.
Museum Purchase and a gift from E. Thomas Williams and Audlyn Higgins Williams 97.9.19

Apr 27Jul 3, 2005

This installment of Collection in Context: Selections from the Permanent Collection continues the investigation of the formation and development of the Museum’s collection and its critical role in tracing the history of the institution. The collection at the Studio Museum in Harlem began in 1970 when the museum began to accept works from generous artists and donors; an official collection policy was established in 1977. Today the collection numbers over 9,000 objects and continues to grow in exciting directions from gifts and acquisitions. The Collection in Context series uses new strategies to highlight the key holdings and to expand the conversation around African-American art and artists of African descent. This exhibition, organized by the Studio Museum Curatorial team, features gifts and acquisitions and includes works by Gwen Knight Lawrence, Isaac Julien, Edgar Arceneaux, and Julie Mehretu, among others. Collection in Context is a testament to the Museum’s long standing commitment to the presentation of diverse works by Black artists at different points in their careers.