Things We Love


30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection

Featured Store Item!

  • 30 Americans: The Rubell Family Collection (cover)
    Photo: Sophia Bruneau

30 Americans is the perfect primer for both budding and established aficionados of contemporary African-American art. Based on the Rubell Family Collection's 2011 show by the same name, the expanded second edition of 30 Americans actually includes work by 31 artists. The misnomer speaks to the ever expanding core of influential black artists in the U.S. The artists included range greatly in subject, time period, and medium from William Pope.L to Mickalene Thomas to Carrie Mae Weems to Rashid Johnson. Insightful essays tracing common threads of influence and exploring the subtle transition from artists of African descent to artists of America, as well as changing definitions and receptions of black art, bind the works together and provide a framework for meaningful understanding. Its breadth, generously sized full-color plates, and affordable price make 30 Americans a must have.

Available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Watch: Derrick Adams

"Communicating with Shadows" Series

In "Communicating with Shadows," New York-based artist Derrick Adams  selects iconic photographic documentations of performances by post-war artists including Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Senga Nengudi and David Hammons. He projects these images, adding slight animation and a soundtrack composed by Ramon Silva, then improvises in front of them, casting his own shadow over the original images. Adams uses mass-produced objects as props and costumes to create what he calls “an attempt to channel the original performances' essence and intention.” Animating the original live action, Adams transforms still photographs into the conceptual building blocks and interactive sets of his performances.

Performed on May 4, 2012 at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Thelma's on Instagram!

  • Photo: Thelma Golden

We are so excited that our Director and Chief Curator has joined the Instagram bandwagon! Search for thelmagolden and check out her instagram—it's our new obsession!

The Perfect Sweater!

Laduma Ngxokolo unites tradition and style

My Favorite Recent Arrivals at the Museum Store!

  • Photo: Dominic Hackley

The Museum Store is always full of an incredible assortment of art books, stunning hand crafted jewelry, clothing, and an array of gifts, but my favorite items at the moment are the glass tumblers featuring Odili Donald Odita’s Refuge & Flight, 2002 and Third Text, 2000. Choose your favorite or buy both to create a set—just make sure to act quickly because they are in limited supply and they are only available at the Studio Museum! The tumblers are sold separately for $10, but Museum members will receive a 20% discount. Visit the Museum Store website here to browse our other fantastic items. 

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Is Almost Here!

The Studio Museum is thrilled to announce our participation in the 2011 Smithsonian magazine Museum Day, September 24, 2011! Along with hundreds of other participating institutions across the nation, we will provide free admission to visitors who present a Museum Day Admission Ticket, available for download free of charge on the Museum Day website. Download your ticket now and join us on Saturday!

For more information on participating venues and Museum Day events, visit the website, follow @MuseumDay on twitter, or visit the Faceboook page.

Join Us For Target Free Sundays!

Sundays are often the best days to relax with the ones you love and of course visit the Studio Museum for Target Free Sundays! Throughout August we hosted a number of fun, free activities that the whole family can enjoy, including gallery tours and hands-on activities such as pinhole camera making, collage-making inspired by artist Romare Bearden, and “re-imaging” the photographs of this year’s Expanding the Walls participants.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya's "Studio Work"

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  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya's zine "Studio Work" (2011)

  • A spread in Paul Mpagi Sepuya's zine "Studio Work" (2011)

  • A spread in Paul Mpagi Sepuya's zine "Studio Work" (2011)

  • A spread in Paul Mpagi Sepuya's zine "Studio Work" (2011)

During Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s residency at the Studio Museum he created a series of photographs of friends, fellow artists and members of his community in his studio. Some of these works are featured in an installation entitled Studio Work (2011) in Evidence of Accumulation, along with brand new works by Sepuya’s fellow artists in residence Simone Leigh and Kamau Amu Patton.

Studio Magazine Sneak Peak!

With our summer exhibition season upon us, we are just a day away from the arrival of the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Studio magazine! As usual, the issue will be released with two different covers: one features a stunning painting by Emma Amos in honor of our Spiral exhibition and the other celebrates the Romare Bearden Centennial with a portrait of Bearden by preeminent photographer Frank Stewart.

Starting Thursday, July 14 you can stop by the museum to see our summer exhibitions and pick up a copy for yourself!

Blast from the Past

Freestyle turns 10

Recently I happened across this wonderful photo of the artists in Freestyle (April 28–June 24, 2001)—which celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring!