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!
Gerald Leavell gives us an update on ETW '11
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.
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.
Lauren Haynes shares her recent Bronx Museum visit
One of my pet peeves is when people use the Studio Museum’s uptown location as a reason for not visiting the Museum very often and missing out on our great programs. So, I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that I use the same excuse for why I don’t go to the Bronx Museum all that often. Although I currently live in Brooklyn, I grew up in the Bronx, so there’s really no excuse for me not to visit my home borough more often. On Friday evening, I made the (quick) 30-minute train ride from the Studio Museum to the Bronx Museum for a panel discussion about Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists.
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!
notes from a Rwandan film premiere
Last night I was lucky to get a ticket to Grey Matter (Matière Grise) at the Tribeca Film Festival (thanks Roya!). Grey Matter is the first feature film by young Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza. In fact, TFF bills it as "the very first feature-length narrative film directed by a Rwandan filmmaker living in his homeland." I am ashamed to say that given that description, I went to Clearview Chelsea expecting something promising and pretty good, maybe a little Nollywood, maybe a little MFA-in-film. Full of raw promise but needing some refinement. How good could the very first feature film from an entire country be, anyway?
Processing Stephen Burks
Back in 2007, long before Stephen Burks: Man Made was even an inkling in our minds, we featured a profile of the internationally acclaimed industrial designer in our magazine, Studio. Not only that, but the profile was illustrated with an image of his Part Occasional Tables, 2007, which are currently on view in the Museum of Arts & Design Global Africa Project exhibition. A prescient profile? Perhaps!
Ariel Scott interviews dancer Trajal Harrell
Ariel Osterweis Scott, Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, speaks with noted choreographer Trajal Harrell. Harrell’s works have been seen at institutions including The New Museum, ICA Boston, The Kitchen, and numerous international venues. Here, Harrell discusses his latest work.
This interview is an extended version of the interview that appeared in Studio magazine.
A- How did your piece Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (S) come about?