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The Block | Bellona

The Block | Bellona

The Block | Bellona

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Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona (installation view), 2011.
Photo: Adam Reich

Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona (installation view), 2011.
Photo: Adam Reich

Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona (installation view), 2011.
Photo: Adam Reich

The Block | Bellona

Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona (installation view), 2011.
Photo: Adam Reich

The Block | Bellona

Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona (installation view), 2011.
Photo: Adam Reich

The Block | Bellona

Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona (installation view), 2011.
Photo: Adam Reich

Nov 10, 2011May 27, 2012

Kira Lynn Harris reimagines The Block (1971), Romare Bearden’s iconic, six-panel, eighteen-foot-long collage depicting life in Harlem. Bearden’s “block” is occupied by a church, a grocery store, a barbershop, apartment buildings and the people of Harlem who inhabit those spaces. With The Block as a touchstone, Harris, whose interdisciplinary practice mixes video, photography, drawing, painting and site-specific installation, creates a scene of a contemporary, alternate, Harlem.

The Project Space is a dynamic location dedicated to site-specific works and projects at the Studio Museum. This facet of the Museum’s exhibition program continues our commitment to activating multiple architectural sites throughout the building—such as the lobby, atrium and façade—that provide artists with laboratories for innovative contemporary art projects.

Above, hear Kira Lynn Harris discuss her site-specific installation.