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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!

Feature Friday Recap!

  • Glenn Ligon
    Untitled (Speech/Crowd) #3, 2000
    Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Gayle H. Greenhill, The Ehrenkranz Family Foundation, The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Inc. and an anonymous donor in honor of Raymond J. McGuire  01.5.1

The results for this week's Feature Friday contest are in. We changed our Twitter icon to a detail from Glenn Ligon's Untitled (Speech/Crowd) #3, 2000. It didn't take long for @forwardretreat and @TIROQ to identify the artwork! We love how smart and quick our Twitter followers are!

Feature Friday!

It's that time again...

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!

Sharing is Caring

Gerald Leavell on ETW '11

  • Gerald Leavell, Youth Programs and Expanding the Walls Coordinator, with the 2011 Expanding the Walls artists

Here at the Studio Museum, Gerald Leavell coordinates youth programs and Expanding The Walls (ETW), an eight-month photography-based program for a select group of teenagers.

Working with New York City teenagers from diverse backgrounds and varying tastes and skills in the arts certainly inspires me to be better. Period. I am constantly exploring ways that I can improve my own art, my knowledge of art history and my vocabulary in order to better support the students in their artistic development.

Feature Friday Recap!

Results from Our First Weekly Twitter Contest

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  • Dave McKenzie
    Self-Portrait Piñata, 2002
    Gift of the artist  05.21.1
     

  • Barkley Hendricks
    Lawdy Mama, 1969
    Gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman  83.25

     

We're thrilled with the results of our first Feature Friday Twitter contest! @marcy_s was our first winner, correctly guessing that the first detail was from Dave McKenzie's Self-Portrait Piñata, 2002. McKenzie was a 2003-2004 artist in residence and if you love his work as much as we do, you'll definitely want to buy one of his Studio (un)framed editions.

Feature Friday!

A New Weekly Twitter Contest

Do you follow us on Twitter? If not, you might miss out on our exciting new Feature Friday Twitter contest, starting today! Each Friday, our avatar (the icon next to our name) will change 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! So, head to our Twitter page now the see what our avatar is today. Happy hunting!

New Thoughts on Performativity, Race and Art at the Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Kerry James Marshall
    Untitled, 2009
    Acrylic on PVC
    Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

What happens when we exhibit ourselves? In this moment in history, why is there a particular taste for abstract artwork? What is it about the black body in motion that is so enticing for the American public? These were the questions that presenters tackled at the annual Driskell Center Symposium: Performing Race in African American Visual Culture on Thursday, September 16th. Amongst panelists and audience members were artists, art historians, museum professionals and graduate students from across the country.