Harlem Postcards Fall/Winter 2014–15

Harlem Postcards is an ongoing project that invites contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds to reflect on Harlem as a site of cultural activity, political vitality, visual stimuli, artistic contemplation and creative production. Representing intimate and dynamic perspectives of Harlem, the images reflect the idiosyncratic visions of contemporary artists from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Each photograph has been reproduced as a limited edition postcard available free to visitors.

This season, we are pleased to feature postcard images by Pamela Council, Yashua Klos, So Yoon Lym and Youssef Nabil.

Harlem Postcards is organized by Hallie Ringle, Senior Curatorial Assistant.

Pamela Council

Tumbleweaves on the Frontier, 2014

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Pamela Council is a visual artist living and working in New York. “Tumbleweaves” are hair balls from lost extensions and hair clippings that blow around on city sidewalks. These bits of detritus are temporary, site-specific little sculptures that are indices of artistic process, financial exchange and passing styles. In an ongoing project, “#pctweave,” the artist documents chance encounters with tumbleweaves and shares them digitally, live from Harlem, a place that some newer residents see as a kind of frontier town.

Born 1986, Southampton, NY

Lives and works in New York, NY

Yashua Klos

GardenHarlem, 2014

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Harlem transforms. This corner of 125th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is the site of a pop-up jungle: there one day and gone the next. We remain camouflaged in the terrain. We are natives, transplants, guests and tourists, and Harlem is the destination.

Born 1977, Chicago, IL

Lives and works in New York, NY

So Yoon Lym

Harlem Window Display, 2014

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This photo was taken at a barbershop on Malcolm X Boulevard. The owner allowed me to tape up my poster of cornrow paintings and take some photos of the storefront. There was a big empty spot on the window, no doubt so that window watchers can see the barbers at work. The photo shows a window reflection of a building in Harlem. That, in and of itself, for me, identifies the place as Harlem, which was what I wanted, though the barbershop could be from any given urban environment. But it is “The Dreamtime” poster, which represents my series of acrylic-on-paper paintings of cornrow-hair patterns depicting Paterson teenagers, that brought the series international attention and notice, and ultimately the invitation to Harlem Postcards.

Born 1967, Seoul, South Korea

Lives and works in Paterson, NJ

Youssef Nabil

Tina Early Morning, Harlem, 2014

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I call this work Tina Early Morning, Harlem because Tina’s is the first face I see every morning. She works at the front desk of my building in Harlem and I am always so impressed by the fact that, no matter how early she has to come to work, she's always very elegant and creative with her hair. When The Studio Museum in Harlem asked me to make a postcard work about Harlem, I immediately thought of her!

Born 1972, Cairo, Egypt

Lives and works in Miami, FL, and New York, NY