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Not So Far After All

Lauren Haynes shares her recent Bronx Museum visit

  • Stargazers (installation view)
    Courtesy The Bronx Museum

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.

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!

SMH x PBS

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"Grey Matter" matters.

notes from a Rwandan film premiere

  • Kivu Ruhorahoza

    Grey Matter (still), 2011

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?

Studio Reprint:

Processing Stephen Burks

  • "Processing Stephen Burks" in the Summer 2007 issue of Studio magazine

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! 

Dance Q&A: Trajal Harrell Brings Voguing Downtown

Ariel Scott interviews dancer Trajal Harrell

  • Trajal Harrell
    Twenty Looks (Performance Still), 2009
    Photo: Miana Jun

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=Ariel
T=Trajal

A- How did your piece Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (S) come about?

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!

J’aime mon écharpe!

A Fluxus Epiphany

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  • Scarf by Fluxus artist Ben Vautier

  • Scarf by Fluxus artist Ben Vautier

If you have ever seen me in the winter months, you know that my face is more often than not perpetually swaddled, mummy-style, in a thick, black woolen scarf with white cursive writing covering it. But this scarf, pilfered from my mother who bought it in Paris years ago, is more than just a warm and aesthetically-pleasing defense against the cold. What I never realized, until an incredibly astute former colleague and Fluxus connoisseur pointed it out to me only a few weeks ago, is that this scarf is in fact a work of art by French Fluxus artist Ben Vautier (b. 1935).

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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.