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Studio Lab begins this week!
Spring 2014 Exhibitions are on view through June 29, 2014!
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The Studio Museum in Harlem | E-Newsletter | May 15, 2014

StudioLab: Saidiya Hartman, Ralph Lemon and Geo Wyeth
Friday, May 16, 7–9pm

Join MAPP International Productions in partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem for a special edition of Studio Lab—an interactive, artist-centered program, designed for ideas in formation. 

MAPP artist and MoMA Annenberg Fellow Ralph Lemon will join literary and cultural critic Saidiya Hartman and artist Geo Wyeth to actively investigate ideas of memorialization and the influence of the American South—past, present, and future—on artists’ creative and research-based processes. This edition of Studio Lab coincides with the Studio Museum’s current exhibition, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, which queries the category of “outsider” art in relation to contemporary art and black life.  This interactive, participatory event will allow a unique opportunity for members of the audience and the panel to critically engage while sharing thoughts, processes and inspirations.

Trunk Show: Nana Wax
Friday, May 16 through
Sunday May 18, 12–6pm

The Studio Museum Store is pleased to present a weekend-long trunk show, featuring Nana Wax!

Nana Wax's wide range of stylish accessories, handbags, and apparel will always inspire the question: "Where did you get that?" Founded in November 2012, Nana Wax, helmed by designer Maureen Ayite, produces a wide range of accessories, dresses and tees in the Benin Republic with the help of local artisans. Her brand is inspired by African prints, and brings together unexpected combinations of materials and detailing to create bold, edgy statement pieces. From handbags with wooden handles and gold stitching and leather belts with tasteful Ankara appliques, to show-stopping swimwear, Nana Wax's products are sure to be head turners.

Target Free Sundays: 
May 18 and May 25, 2014

Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission is free every Sunday. Target Free Sundays reflects a shared commitment to engage the community and offer a vital cultural experience to all.

To participate in gallery tours and Hands On activities, RSVP online.

Sunday, May 18, 2014
1pm: Gallery Tour: When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South

Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, an exhibition that queries the category of “outsider” art in relation to contemporary art and black life. Situating itself within current art historical and political debates, the exhibition considers work by self-taught, spiritually inspired and incarcerated artists, alongside other projects based in performance, socially engaged practice and the archive, as well as painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage, that make insistent reference to place. 

2pm: Hands On: Symmetrical Mask Drawings

In this workshop, participants will create colorful symmetrical mask compositions on paper inspired by the work of Minnie Evans, an artist featured in When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South. Evans was known for her colorful mask-like drawings, primarily executed in pencil and crayon, reflecting her interest in nature and religion.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
1pm: Gallery Tour: Glenn Kaino: 19.83

Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Glenn Kaino 19.83, Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino debuts two recent artworks; Bridge (2013), a sculpture comprised of several gold painted casts of Tommie Smith's arm and 19.83 (2013), a three-level platform reminiscent of the one used to honor the top competitors at the Olympics.

2pm: Hands On: Bridging the Past and Present

For Glenn Kaino: 19.83, the artist created two works, one of which, Bridge (2013) is a site-specific installation made of gold-painted casts of American athlete and Olympian Tommie Smith's fisted arm, forming a bridge in the Museum's atrium. In this workshop, participants will create a hanging sculpture based on an inspirational moment from the past. 

Tuesday, May 20 (Series B) 
and Tuesday, May 27, (Series A), 2pm 

Arts & Minds brings adults with memory disorders and their caregivers together in new experiences of art. Join us for a lively discussion of the current exhibitions during a guided tour and art-making workshop. Through gallery discussions and hands-on art activities, Arts & Minds opens a window to creativity and well-being.

Arts & Minds is free but reservations are required. Call 646-755-3726 to reserve your place. Participants may only sign up for Series A or Series B. Series B will be a repeat of Series A from the previous week. 

Live from the NYPL: Kara Walker & Jad Abumrad
Tuesday, May 20, 7pm

Brown sugar, white sugar, molasses, rum, sugar baby, sugar cookie, sugar daddy—seems we all need a little sugar! But wait! There’s more to sugar than meets the eye or the tongue.

Kara Walker, one of today's most significant and complex contemporary artists, speaks with Radiolab's Jad Abumrad about the themes of race, gender, sexuality, violence, and subjugation in her work. Their conversation will follow the route of the triangle trade, from Africa to America, from ancient monuments to modern appetites, from behemoth, crumbling temples of industry to the laborers and slaves often unseen in those histories. It's a history of sugar, sex, sweetness, power, and the secret mystery at the center of the exhibition.

Co-presented by Creative Time, this physically and conceptually expansive work constitutes a major departure from Walkerʼs practice to date, as it explores a radical range of subject matter, including the history of sugar and its many implications. Walker's work can also be seen this spring as part of The Studio Museum in Harlem's exhibition When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, which queries the category of “outsider” art in relation to contemporary art and black life.

Please note: This public program takes place at the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788.

ArtLooks: The Decision of Style Workshops

This 2-part workshop challenges participants to develop a definition of “draped down,” inspired by the exhibition Draped Down, currently on view. 

Led by stylist Pamela Shepard, students will be guided through a series of unique experiences and hands-on styling experiments that will culminate in the third evening, Friday, May 30, where participants will showcase their personal style.

Part 1: Workshop dates and times
Wednesday, May 28, 4–6pm
Thursday, May 29, 4–6pm

Part 2: Style Showcase (open to all teens)
Friday, May 30, 6–8:30pm

ArtLooks is free, designed specifically for teenagers. RSVP is required and participants should arrive "draped down." 

Things We Love This Week

Check out a selection of photographs from Julie Skarratt's blog of our Spring Luncheon! 

When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South was selected for Critics' Pick on Artforum

Theaster Gates is #11 on Fast Company's List of the Most Creative People of 2014

Leslie Hewitt (AIR' 08) on Carl Andre for Dia Art Foundation's Artists on Artists Lecture Series this Monday

New Orleans’ Prospect 3 Biennial Releases Artist List 

Kara Walker and her father, artist Larry Walker, contributed a beautiful conversation to BOMB Magazine's Oral History Project

Artist in residence Kevin Beasley will perform at the Whitney Museum of American Art for the Whitney Biennial this Friday and Saturday

Essence Magazine's Street Style captured the Bold Beauties at our Spring Luncheon

Dawoud Bey: Portraits in Context at the DePaul Museum

Images: Geo WyethQuartered (video still), 2014. Courtesy the artist; Image courtesy Nana's Wax; Minnie EvansUntitled, 1945. Courtesy Luise Ross Gallery, New York; Kara Walker, 8 Possible Beginnings, or the Creation of African-America; a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker (video still), 2005. Â© 2005 Kara Walker. 
Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Njideka AkunyiliThe Beautyful Ones Series #1b, 2012. Courtesy the artist; Spring Luncheon 2014. Photo credit: Julie Skarratt
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