Exhibitions

Protector of Mothers; 2015; graphite, pencil, and mixed media on paper, 44"x33"

Protector of Mothers; 2015; graphite, pencil, and mixed media on paper, 44"x33"

On-view October 1, 2016 - August 27, 2017

chester higgins' world 

The Museum’s first Artist-in-Residence, David Shrobe, shares the work created during the course of his year in the Museum’s Studio. David is a fourth generation Harlem resident, Joan Mitchell Teaching Fellow, and Hunter College graduate. Layering a range of media, David manipulates the familiar as he investigates notions of consumption, history, communal experiences and personal narrative. In his words: Working primarily with painting, drawing, collage, and objects, I draw from personal and cultural histories as well as childhood memorabilia to explore how we carry remnants of our past into the present and even into our imagined futures.

 
Shani Peters, Nefertiki Past (from the Crown Portrait series), 2015; archival digital print, 16"x20"

Shani Peters, Nefertiki Past (from the Crown Portrait series), 2015; archival digital print, 16"x20"

July 16 to December 31, 2016

In The Salon: The Crown Futures: Shani Peters in Collaboration with Sugar Hill Youth

A multimedia art work and public engagement project directed by artist Shani Peters, The Crown Futures celebrates concepts of self-determination through explorations of traditional head-dresses from African, indigenous American, and Western cultures. This site-specific installation was created for The Salon by Shani in collaboration with local youth, ages 5 to 13, in workshops at the Museum. In the artist's words: I am interested in community building, activism histories, reinterpreted models of record keeping and popular media subversion. My practice seeks to share the imaginative rewards I receive from my creative life with the communities that I am physically and/or emotionally close to.

 

Photo Credit: Michael Palma Mir

Photo Credit: Michael Palma Mir

Closes August 2016

In THE LIVING ROOM: THE POLLEN CATCHERS' COLOR MIXING MACHINE

Commissioned for the Main Gallery in the Museum’s Living Room, this site-specific mural was created by Saya Woolfalk in collaboration with her young daughter Aya. Filling six walls, The Pollen Catchers’ draws you in with an Egyptian-inspired pictorial narrative inspired by fables and folk tales and the symbols they engender.

 

Closes September 2016

In the Legacy Gallery: People, Places & Things: Selections from The Studio Museum

This rich portrayal of renowned artists affiliated with the Harlem community features works by Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Geoffrey Holder, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Alvin Loving, Sam Middleton, and more. Curated by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem. 

Frederick Brown,  Stagger Lee in Concert 1983 © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Frederick Brown, 
Stagger Lee in Concert 1983 © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Jacob Lawrence,  Schomburg Library 1987 ©2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

Jacob Lawrence, 
Schomburg Library 1987 ©2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

Elizabeth Catlett, Bread for All 1954 Art © Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Elizabeth Catlett,
Bread for All 1954 Art © Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

I think art can make people conscious of things. For people who have prejudices, it can make them see in another way, make them realize that other people in other cultures have similar experiences.
— Elizabeth Catlett