Summer wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Harlem to catch up on a little bit of arts and culture – African American style. And The Studio Museum in Harlem has your ticket to five new exciting exhibits:
• Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange, the first New York solo museum exhibition of the work of this painter’s painter
• Everything, Everyday, the annual Artists in Residence exhibition, presenting diverse new work by Sadie Barnette, Lauren Halsey and Eric Mack
• Lorraine O’Grady: Art Is…, the complete photographic record of the artist’s landmark 1983 performance at the annual African-American Day Parade
• the latest edition of the popular Harlem Postcards project, this summer featuring works by Ellen Lesperance, Narcissister, King Texas and Demettrius Wright reproduced as postcards that are free to Museum visitors
• One Stop Down, the fifteenth annual Expanding the Walls exhibition, with photographs taken by participants in the Studio Museum’s high-school residency program shown alongside historic selections from the James VanDerZee archive.
“If there is a theme to this year’s summer exhibition season, it would be community in the broadest sense of the term. We are celebrating the achievement of Stanley Whitney, who moved to New York in 1968, the same year the Studio Museum was founded, and received some of his earliest institutional exposure in our galleries. We are bringing the historic photographs from Lorraine O’Grady’s Art Is… back to the neighborhood where they originated. In both Harlem Postcards and Expanding the Walls, we see artists ranging from the late James VanDerZee to today’s students reflecting on the traits that make Harlem special. And our three outstanding artists in residence for 2014–15 are showing works that they created here within our walls on 125th Street. This gathering of artists and artworks in summer 2015 is a community in itself—and like any good community, it is a vibrant mingling of viewpoints and generations,” says Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
The exhibits begin on July 16 and close on October 25.