Dawoud Bey, who has had a long relationship with the Studio Museum, beginning with the exhibition Harlem, USA (1979), brings his recent series of life-size photographs of American teens to Virginia this year. The photographs in Class Pictures are accompanied by the sitters’ descriptions of their own lives, creating a holistic portrait of American youth at the dawn of the 21st century.
Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
March 26–August 6, 2010
Studio Museum x Goethe-Institut
This fall the Studio Museum launches its collaboration with Goethe-Institut New York, the German government’s cultural institution in the city. off/site will include public programs at the Studio Museum, as well as exhibitions, artist projects, and programs in the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building—a newly renovated gallery space in the East Village. Taking place outside of Harlem and a distance from Germany, this joint effort speaks to each institution’s commitment to contemporary ideas and cultural specificity within a global context. off/site engages an aesthetic of experimentation, collaboration and interactivity, prioritizing local interventions that reference multiple identities and locations.
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Most of photographer Mel D. Cole’s work is done onsite at concerts and parties throughout New York City and the surrounding area. His body of work is both an archive of urban youth culture and a series of arresting compositions.
Located on a quaint street that contrasts with the kinetic energy of the nightlife he documents, Mel D. Cole’s first-floor apartment in Jersey City is his center of creative calm. In the last five years, Cole has been prolific, evidenced by thousands of photos on his Mac computer demonstrating the true depth of his work. He clicks through brilliant photographs from a recent trip to Mexico City, countless images of Japanese dancehalls and a series on homelessness.
2000-01 artist in residence Julie Mehretu has emerged as a major voice in contemporary American painting. Grey Area features work made during, and inspired by, Mehretu’s recent residency in Berlin. Not simply grey in color, the paintings play with the phrase “grey area,” engaging us in her difficult-to-define, complex compositions of meticulously drawn mechanical renderings, spontaneous gestural markings, and colorful interjections.
Julie Mehretu: Grey Area
Guggenheim, New York, NY
May 14 – August 6, 2010
This summer, the Wexner presents the first major museum survey of the work of artist Mark Bradford, friend of the Studio Museum and Freestyle alum. Bradford, who lives and works in Los Angeles, received the Wexner Center's Residency Award in visual arts for 2009–10 and was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow. The exhibition features a wide range of painting, sculpture, and collage from the last decade, as well as brand-new works, all reflecting on social and urban environments.
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
May 8–August 15, 2010