On June 2, the inaugural Uptown triennial opened with an exhibition at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. Uptown is a summer-long compilation of exhibitions, art installations, and events featuring contemporary artists living and working north of 99th Street. Organized by Wallach Art Gallery Director and Chief Curator Deborah Cullen, Uptown, which is on view through August 20, acknowledges the longstanding collaborations between upper Manhattan institutions in their shared goal to provide spaces for critical thought and artistic engagement. The new gallery space in the Lenfest Center for the Arts allows for the Wallach to more readily engage with surrounding communities than their previous location on the eighth floor of an academic building.
with Exhibition at Word Up Community Bookshop
Arts & Minds is celebrating five years at The Studio Museum in Harlem with an exhibition at Word Up Community Bookshop, a non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore and art space in Washington Heights. On Sunday, March 8th, participants, friends and family members gathered for the opening reception.
Every two weeks, people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their caregivers gather at the Studio Museum to discuss the art on view and to respond creatively in the studio. This ongoing experience is the catalyst for the art now on view at Word Up. Co-curated by Executive Director, Carolyn Halpin-Healy and Arts & Minds intern Jessica Kemper, the works in the exhibition range from collage and chalk drawings, to watercolor and acrylic painting.
by Curatorial Intern Ciaran Finlayson
Check out Curatorial Intern's, Ciaran Finlayson, post about radicalpresenceny.org, a website designed designed by William B. Marshall in collaboration with Jamillah James, Communications Coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, with assistance from Monique Long, Curatorial Fellow chronicling black contemporary performance art over on our friends at the Walker Art Center's website.
Kamau Amu Patton for the Times
One of my favorite features of T, The New York Times Style Magazine, and the T Magazine Blog, is their ongoing initiative to have artists and designers reinterpret their iconic "T" logo, both in print and online (I only recently made myself take down Donna Wilson's knitted version from the "mood wall" behind my desk in a fit of late-summer cleaning). So I was thrilled to see current artist in residence Kamau Amu Patton's Original Model T video go live this week.
this is not your average brochure
We're so excited about Marc Brandenburg: Version, our upcoming exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building (make sure to join us for the opening this Friday). In collaboration with the artist and designers karlssonwilker, we produced a really exciting brochure for the show, which just arrived from the printer today.
Saya Woolfalk's Diorama for Empathic Life
Visit the Museum Store and you might suspect that you’ve stumbled upon a rift in the space time continuum. In an area where you previously would have found our usual displays of fantastic books, jewelry and gifts, you’ll encounter mysterious figures clad in elaborate costumes, emerging from an other-worldly terrain.
Performing with Benjamin Patterson
This video documents Saya Woolfalk performing the score, Ring Small Bell from Benjamin Patterson's Methods and Processes, 1962, and the audience performing Patterson's Paper Piece, 1961, at the Studio Museum, March 31, 2011.
Performing with Benjamin Patterson
If you attended last night's unclassifiable performance/discussion with Benjamin Patterson and Valerie Cassell Oliver, you know exactly how fun it was. If you missed it, kick yourself now. It was my favorite type of public program, where you learn a lot and laugh even more! Mr. Patterson spoke charmingly and elequently about his amazing work and his many adventures--which would have been a great program in itself--and then challenged the entire audience to participate in perfoming some of his scores. And perfrom we did! In the next blog post, look for a first-person account by one of our brave soloists, Matthew D. Morrison, who will never think of a beet the same way again.
Endings and Beginnings: Teresa Mora & Xaviera Simmons
October 27 marked the final night of junctures (transmissions to), featuring Xaviera Simmons and her collaborator of the evening, singer, historian and interior designer Teresa Mora. Teresa grew up in Detroit, and consequently, much of the night’s conversation revolved around this city. Topics included: the creative energy Detroit harvests, which has manifested itself particularly in music and visual art; its now-clichéd reputation as a city of ruin and abandonment; and the recent influx of artists there. This “juncture” seemed a fitting end to the five-week exhibition, bringing full circle the show’s focus on themes of place and site, ritual, process and the examination of beginnings within artistic practice.