On Wednesday, June 13, guests were invited to the opening of the Summer 2012 Exhibitions and Projects: Caribbean: Crossroads of the World; Primary Sources: 2011-12 Artists in Residence; Illuminations: Expanding the Walls 2012; and Harlem Postcards Summer 2012. The old meets the new in this refreshing group of exhibitions with works spanning from the 1790s through 2012, including new works from this year's artists in residence: Njideka Akunyili, Meleko Mokgosi and Xaviera Simmons.
On March 28, guests were invited to preview the Spring 2012 Exhibitions and Projects: Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions; Ralph Lemon: 1856 Cessna Road; and Harlem Postcards. Highlights include work by artists Nayland Blake, Jennie C. Jones, Lorraine O’Grady, John Outterbridge and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as recent contributions to The Bearden Project. A wonderful and refreshing preview to kick off the Spring season!
Entering Trafalgar Square in London, it was nearly impossible to miss the curious installation of an impressive ship in a bottle. Placed atop the Fourth Plinth in front of the National Gallery from May 24th 2010 to last week, was the whimsically oversized model Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle (2010) by British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Shonibare, celebrated for his potent, yet playful, post-colonial perspective and symbolic use of West African textiles, last exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in a 2002 solo show. His recent site-specific sculpture across the pond was commissioned by the Mayor of London and Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group as part of a contemporary public art initiative.
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.
Jennie C. Jones at The Kitchen
Fans of the Studio Museum's Studio Sound series will love Absorb/Diffuse, Jennie C. Jones's solo exhibition at The Kitchen that explores the mechanics of sound and how it is experienced. Curated by Matthew Lyons, the exhibition's focus is From the Low, an original score commissed by The Kitchen that Jones meticulously composed using samples culled from appropriated sources. Absorb/Diffuse also features Jones's Acoustic Paintings, mixed media works that combine soundproofing foam and other materials. The exhibition is currently on view but it ends October 29th so make sure to catch it before it closes!
An Art-Filled L.A. Weekend
It was with great excitement that I traveled to Los Angeles two weekends ago to participate in the kick-start of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a six-month initiative highlighting the rich and evolving art scene of this vibrant city. Having been born and raised in New York City, I have come to cherish its unique cultural history—claiming “Museum Mile” as my own backyard and its prestigious museums as my playground. Yet while inherently proud of New York-centric cultural movements such as the Harlem Renaissance and abstract expressionist painting, arts of the West Coast have always held a strong element of intrigue for me as well: pop, performance, conceptual art, collaboration! It was thus with keen anticipation that I embarked upon finally experiencing this Western cultural locus in person.