Member Moments | Caitlin Cherry and Lauren Haynes

Triptych of Lauren Haynes and Caitlyn Cherry flanking Cherry's work Leonardo Da Vinci

(L to R) Curator Lauren Haynes. Caitlin Cherry, Leonardo da Vinci, 2013. Oil on canvas, 50 × 36 inches. The Studio Museum in Harlem; bequest of Peggy Cooper Cafritz (1947—2018), Washington, D.C. collector, educator, and activist. Artist Caitlin Cherry.

Nov 10, 2020


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As part of a new program series, Member Moments, artist Caitlin Cherry will be in conversation with Lauren Haynes, who was previously Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem and currently serves as the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Cherry and Haynes will discuss the Studio Museum’s recent acquisition of Leonardo da Vinci (2013), their previous work together, and Cherry’s more recent work and exhibitions.


Caitlin Cherry (b. 1987) draws on painting, sculpture, and installation in her multifaceted practice, coalescing into articulate and alluring representations of Black femininity. Filtering these media through layers of digital manipulation, her work draws parallels between Black femme bodies, frequently commodified and positioned as sexual assets, and the seductiveness of art objects in the commercial gallery circuit. Cherry is currently Assistant Professor of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University and the founder of the new online program Dark Study, a contra-institutional space for radical learning about art and theory. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Performance Space, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among other notable institutions. She is a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship Residency and Leonore Annenberg Fellowship. 
Lauren Haynes is Director of Artist Initiatives and Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges, and the Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she oversees the post-1960 art collection and projects involving living visual artists. Currently, Haynes is curating Sarah Cain: In Nature opening in February 2021 for the Momentary and co-curating Crystal Bridges: The First Decade opening in July 2021 at Crystal Bridges. Haynes led the curatorial team of State of the Art 2020, the second iteration of State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now (2014), which opened at both Crystal Bridges and the Momentary in February 2020. She was co-curator of the 2019 Crystal Bridges’ exhibition Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today and the 2018 Crystal Bridges’ exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a specialist in African-American contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York. Haynes was a 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership fellow. 

Member Moments

Member Moments is a new digital program series designed specifically for Studio Museum Members. Presented live on Zoom, Member Moments focuses on the Museum’s art and community of artists and offers Members an intimate space for direct engagement with staff from the Studio Museum’s Curatorial Department, as well as other curators, thought-leaders, and cultural luminaries from around the country.