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Studio Museum | E-Newsletter | March 13, 2013

Announcing Spring 2013 Exhibitions and Projects


The Studio Museum in Harlem comes alive this spring with the installation of seven new exhibitions and artists’ projects. Traveling to the Studio Museum from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, David Hartt: Stray Light offers an intimate look inside the Johnson Publishing Company’s iconic former headquarters. Fred Wilson: Local Color, Assembly Required: Selections from the Permanent Collection, and Brothers and Sisters all feature highlights from the Studio Museum’s collection, including recently acquired classics, rarely seen masterworks and brand-new innovations. Ayé A. Aton: Space-Time Continuum and Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher present focused looks at recent projects, while Harlem Postcards Spring 2013 continues the Museum’s signature project to bring fresh perspectives to the Harlem landscape. On view March 28 to June 30, 2013, these diverse presentations exemplify the Museum’s commitment to promoting and celebrating the wide range of artistic contributions of artists of African descent and work inspired and influenced by black culture.

Also on view through June 30, 2013


Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967 honors the legacy and the work of late iconic artist and photojournalist Gordon Parks, who would have turned 100 on November 30, 2012. The exhibition, organized by Thelma Golden and Lauren Haynes, will feature approximately thirty black and white photographs of the Fontenelle family, whose lives Parks documented as part of a 1968 LIFE magazine photo essay. A searing portrait of poverty in the United States, the Fontenelle photographs provide a view of Harlem through the narrative of a specific family at a particular moment in time. This intimate exhibition will include all images from the original essay as well as several unpublished images—some which have never been displayed publicly before.

Harlem Postcards: Tenth Anniversary represents the enormous, yet nuanced range of images created for the Museum’s signature project series. While many artists have been drawn to the visual vibrancy of Harlem—from its architecture to its colorful commercial goods—others seek to reveal its surprising, less familiar corners, or focus on the histories of Harlem’s different communities. Aiming the camera at the sidewalk, the storefront and the sky, artists have reinvented the notion of what belongs on a postcard, and what it means to represent a neighborhood to those who do not live there. Celebrating the creativity of artists within the set limitations of 4 by 6 inches, this installation displays the postcards as aesthetic rather than functional objects.

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