Public Art by Elizabeth Catlett
I recently got an invitation that featured a striking image of Elizabeth Catlett’s Invisible Man (2003), a public sculpture in Riverside Park. I am embarrassed to say that I did not know that this monumental (15 feet tall!) work by an artist whose work I love is installed less than two miles away. I can’t wait to walk over and check it out…maybe when it stops snowing.
Gifts from the Museum Store
Need to do some last minute holiday shopping? Head Uptown to the Studio Museum Store to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
Browse through an exciting array of Studio Museum products and publications, including our special-edition Umbrella created exclusively by former Artist-in-Residence, Wardell Milan, as well as our Children's Coloring Book featuring the drawings of Studio Museum artists.
We carry the unique house wares of Harlem designer, Sheila Bridges. And we have a fun and whimsical assortment of unique and affordable gift items - from charm bracelets to gear clocks to colorful knit hats- that you'll only find at our Museum Store.
Happy Holidays and happy shopping!
Exhibition and Benefit for the Lambi Fund of Haiti
Months after the earthquake that shook Haiti leaving its capitol city in shambles, and now giving way to an outburst of cholera, we published in Studio magazine a section dedicated to the country and its recent misfortune. Alongside an excerpt from acclaimed Haitian author Dany Laferriere and a photo essay documenting the artisan community of Croix-des-Bouquets, Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich contributed images and a reflective essay centering on the country’s diaspora, both here in New York and in Miami’s Haitian enclave, Little Haiti.
Thelma Golden on blogging and Jason Moran
- Album: Artist in Residence
- Track: Break Down 3:17
I am not on Facebook. I don’t Tweet.* In fact, my lack of presence in the cyber world is so striking that it might be perceived that—as a curator—I privilege the real experience. While I don’t think I will ever get over the profound experience of being in the physical presence of a work of art, I welcome the occasion of our beautiful, newly redesigned website to share some of my ideas about art and inspiration with our online audience.
The Undefeated Billboard Project selects contemporary artists to create an artwork for a large billboard that sits atop the Undefeated store on Los Angeles’ La Brea Boulevard. Sanford Biggers, one of last season’s Harlem Postcard artists, is the most recent artist to be selected. Past artists include Studio Museum alums Gary Simmons and Kehinde Wiley. I interviewed Sanford about the project and got the inside scoop...
Notes and a craft project from MAD
Part of the fun of working at a museum is that sometimes it’s okay to cut out of the office early and do something really fun—like, for instance, visit a museum.
Trenton Doyle Hancock (recipient of the 2007Joyce Alexander Wein Prize) continues his practice of documenting the epic, ongoing battle between good and evil with this site-specific instillation at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Best known for his brilliant portrayal of two fictitious, warring groups—the peace-loving Mounds and the evil, colorless Vegans—Hancock's works transform traditional modes of storytelling. This installation includes an interactive component where viewers are encouraged to bring colored, plastic bottle caps to feed into a sculpted hand suspended from the ceiling, an encouragement from Hancock for viewers to literally give color to his work.
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, PACCAR Pavilion, Seattle, WA
August 28, 2010–March 4, 2010
The Getty Museum’s newest educational initiative Open Studio: A Collection of Artmaking Ideas by Artists launched this summer and is shaking up traditional approaches to museum education. Developed by artist Mark Bradford, Open Studio shifts authorship, which traditionally resides with professional educators, to a dynamic group of contemporary artists, many of whom are featured in Studio Museum’s collection. Among the ranks are artists Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker and Kerry James Marshall.
The Fondation Beyeler marks what would have been the fiftieth birthday of the outstanding American draftsman and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat with the largest exhibition of his work ever held in Europe. Curated by Dieter Buchhart and Sam Keller, with the support of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, New York, the show includes over 100 works, tracing Basquiat’s unique artistic development and reflecting on his place in art history.
Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
May 9–September 5, 2010