The Romare Bearden Commemorative Stamps Unveiling

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  • Courtesy the United States Postal Service

  • E.T. Williams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Romare Bearden Foundation and Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum Courtesy of the Harvey B. Gantt Center

  • Romare Bearden The Block, 1971 Courtesy of the Harvey B. Gantt Center

  • Audience members at the Romare Bearden commemorative stamps unveiling singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" Courtesy of the Harvey B. Gantt Center

Last Wednesday the Schomburg Center was packed with energy as a multitude of guests eagerly anticipated the unveiling of four stamps honoring Romare Bearden. On the centennial of the artist’s birthday, cultural institutions all over New York City are commemorating Bearden and his powerful creative legacy. Currently on view at the Studio Museum is the majestic black and white Conjur Woman, 1964, created while Bearden was part of the historic Spiral group dedicated to the political and gallery representation of black artists.

Pacific Standard Time

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  • David Hammons
    Bag Lady in Flight, c. 1970
    Collection of Eileen Harris Narton, Santa Monica, CA
    Courtesy the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

  • Dale Brockman Davis
    Swept, 1970
    Blocker Collection c/o Rick Blocker
    Courtesy the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

  • Betye Saar
    Black Girl's Window, 1969
    Collection of the artist
    Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York

In honor of the launch of the Pacific Standard Time initiative this weekend, we're reproducing an article from the current issue of Studio magazine that highlights two of the incredible exhibitions that anyone in the Los Angeles area must not miss!


Mark Your Calendar for The Artist's Voice!

Hear Lyle Ashton Harris in conversation with "Chocolate Polaroid" sitters

  • Lyle Ashton Harris
    Untitled (Face #155 Lyle), 2000
    Untitled (Back #155 Lyle), 2000
    Courtesy the artist and CRG Gallery, New York

Join us Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 pm for the latest installment of The Artist's Voice, featuring Lyle Ashton Harris, whose work is currently on view in Self/Portait. The evening presents a rare opportunity to hear Harris in conversation with Nancy Barton, Jim Hodges, and Shirin Neshat, all sitters from his "Chocolate Polaroid" series and seminal artists themselves. Stop by the Museum Store to pick up Excessive Exposure: The Complete Chocolate Portraits, the recently released monograph of Harris's work and have the book signed by the artist after the discussion!

Twitter Asked, Thelma Answered!

Director's Q&A: #AskThelma

Recently, we asked our Twitter followers if they had any burning questions for Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden. They asked, and she answered. We hope you’ll join the conversation: follow @studiomuseum and visit facebook.com/studiomuseum for up-to-the-minute news and interactive features like #AskThelma!

@artfagcity: Does Golden have any Freestyle-type exhibitions planned for the future?
TG: Freestyle (2001), Frequency (2005-06) and Flow (2008) were large, group exhibitions of emerging artists, the support of whom remains central to our curatorial focus. There might be another “F” show in the future…but exhibitions in that vein develop as the work demands, so all I can say is: stay tuned!

as it is, as it could be Microsite Has Launched!

ETW '11 Exhibition Gets Virtual Home

We're thrilled that as it is, as it could be, this year's Expanding the Walls exhibition, has "expanded its walls" to the web! Visit the microsite to browse not only the photographs on view in the exhibition, but additional works by the photographers and their statements.

Click here to visit the as it is, as it could be microsite!

While the microsite in itself is a fantastic exhibition, be sure to stop by the Museum to see as it is, as it could be in person before it closes on October 23.

A Different Perspective

An intern visit to Lorna Simpson's studio

  • Lorna Simpson
    1957-2009 Interiors (detail), 2009.
    Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York 

Appreciation of an artist, like anything in life, is generally a matter of perspective: Perspective on the artist's thoughts and ideas, identifying their clever arrangement of color or play on words, even a sense of connection to the story they are presenting. Prior to my first summer outing with the Studio Museum, my perspective on Lorna Simpson could essentially be summarized into a very flattering, yet confined sentence about her work. Yet, after one day exploring Lorna Simpson’s Brooklyn Museum exhibition and a surprise visit to her Brooklyn studio where the Studio Museum summer interns were treated to lunch with the artist herself, my perspective on Lorna has evolved into a dynamic understanding of not only her work but the many facets of her life, career and growth as an artist.

On Being Black in the World of Ballet

Professor Brenda Dixon Gottschild reflects on our recent panel

  • Left to right: Amalia Mallard (Studio Museum Public Programs Coordinator), Professor Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Misty Copeland, Raven Wilkinson

The Studio Museum was honored to recently host Intersections: Conversations on Art and Culture with Misty Copeland (an African-American soloist with the American Ballet Company), Raven Wilkinson (the first African-American ballerina to become a member of a major ballet company), and Brenda Dixon Gottschild (writer, former dancer, and Professor Emerita at Temple University).  Here, Professor Dixon Gottschild shares her thoughts on the evening.

2011 AAMD Art Museum Day

The Studio Museum is pleased to announce that we are participating in the 2011 Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day! On Wednesday, May 18th, the museum will be open and admission will be free. At 1:00pm, visitors will be treated to a tour of highlights from all of our spring exhibitions including Stephen Burks: Man Made, Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of FlUX/us: Scores and Collected. Vignettes. Adults, families, and kids of all ages are welcome!

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website (http://aamd.org/about/).

Do Get Caught Up!

Gerald Leavell gives us an update on ETW '11

  • ETW '11 artists get a tour of the Fader Magazine offices

Thus far, ETW ’11 has done some pretty cool things. Here’s a "cook’s tour" starting with the most recent:

Visited The Fader Magazine. Wow! How inspiring! John Francis-Peters (Photo Editor) gave us a tour of Fader’s offices, introduced us to Justin Thomas Kay (Creative Director), and Mobolaji Dawodu (Style Editor at Large). Thanks for being so open. We dig Fader

Participated in The Black Portrait Symposium at NYU. We sat among an audience full of intellectuals, artists, lovers of art, educators and so forth as Hank Willis Thomas moderated a discussion about Reshaping the Public Imaginary Through Art.

Feature Friday!

Head over to Twitter to take part in our weekly Feature Friday contest! Our avatar (the icon next to our name) has changed to a detail of an artwork in our permanent collection. It’s up to you to scour the permanent collection section of our website, here, to find the piece. The first person to tweet us, correctly identifying the artwork, will receive free admission for two guests!