Last Look at the Studio Museum


Mabel O. Wilson, American Artist, and Julie Mehretu in coversation with associate curator Connie H. Choi during the program Black Spatial Cultural Memory at the Studio Museum.
Photo: Scott Rudd Events

Over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, The Studio Museum in Harlem celebrated the final exhibition season in our current building with Last Look weekend. Four amazing days of programming, filled with idea sharing and art making, took place throughout the Museum’s galleries and workshops.

Poets Joshua Bennett, Desiree Bailey, Marwa Helal, Chanice Hughes-Greenberg, Aracelis Girmay, and Nkosi Nkululeko responded to Fictions through a reading of ekphrastic texts in the galleries.

A special Studio Squared took inspiration from Houston E. Conwill's The Joyful Mysteries (1984–2034 A.D.) (1984), a set of seven bronze time capsules permanently installed in the Studio Museum's lower level. Visitors used Harlem Postcards to illustrate their ideas about the Museum as a historic and conceptual space.

Artists on Artists—an ongoing series that invites contemporary artists to respond to specific works on view in the Studio Museum galleries—saw simultaneous performances by Fictions artists Sherrill Roland and Sable Elyse Smith, alongside Richard Kennedy. The three artist’s dynamic music, motion, voice, and writing activated and transformed both the interior and exterior of the Museum.

In our closing program Their Own Harlems exhibiting artist Julie Mehretu, architect and scholar Mabel O. Wilson, and visual artist American Artist explored the roles of architecture, digital art, and photography in creating and preserving black cultural memory.

Throughout the weekend, staff-led gallery tours gave final significant insights into Fictions, We Go as They, and Their Own Harlems.

Thank you to our over 2,000 visitors who came out to Last Look weekend. While we prepare to begin construction on our new home right here on our current site, the Studio Museum’s dynamic exhibitions, events, and programs will be presented at partner sites and satellite locations as part of inHarlem. You’ll find us throughout the neighborhood and beyond!

Photo: Scott Rudd Events

Photo: Scott Rudd Events

Photo: Scott Rudd Events

Photo: Will Ragozzino

Photo: Scott Rudd Events

Photo: Scott Rudd Events

Photo: Scott Rudd Events

Photo: Scott Rudd Events

Photo: Scott Rudd Events

Photo: Scott Rudd Events

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Photo: Scott Rudd Events

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