Black Refractions

Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

Jan 16 2019Dec 13, 2020

The Studio Museum in Harlem is partnering with The American Federation of Arts (AFA) to present Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, a major traveling exhibition comprised of over one hundred works by nearly eighty artists from the 1920s to the present. The exhibition will be showing at the following institutions across the US:

The Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA (January 16 – April 14, 2019);

Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC (May 24 – August 18, 2019);

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI (September 13 – December 8, 2019);

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA (January 17 – April 12, 2020);

Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (May 9 – August 2, 2020);

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (August 28 – December 13, 2020)

The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication of the same title co-published by the American Federation of Arts and Rizzoli Electa. The richly illustrated volume includes essays by Connie H. Choi and Kellie Jones; entries by a range of writers, curators and scholars (among them Lauren Haynes, Ashley James, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Larry Ossei-Mensah and Hallie Ringle) who contextualize the works and provide detailed commentary; and a conversation among Choi, Thelma Golden, and Jones that draws out themes and challenges in collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent.

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Nwantinti, 2012
Acrylic, pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, and Xerox transfers on paper, 68 × 96 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee and gift of the artist  2012.41.1
© Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro, London / Venice and American Federation of Arts

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Dawoud Bey

Harlem U.S.A. (A Man in Bowler Hat, 1977), 1976
Silver print, 7 × 10 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of the Artist  1979.1.9
© The Artist; Courtesy of the artist, Rena Bransten Gallery and American Federation of Arts

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Chakaia Booker

Repugnant Rapunzel (Let Down Your Hair), 1995
Rubber tires and metal, 33 × 25 × 22 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Friends and Family of Chakaia Booker  1996.7
Photo: Nelson Tejada
© Chakaia Booker
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

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Jordan Casteel

Kevin the Kiteman, 2016
Oil on canvas, 78 × 78 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee 2016.37
Photo: Adam Reich
© Jordan Casteel
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

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Beauford Delaney

Portrait of a Young Musician, 1970
Acrylic on canvas, 51 × 38 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of the Estate of Beauford Delaney  2004.2.27
Photo: Marc Bernier
© 2018 Estate of Beauford Delaney, by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator.
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

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Meschac Gaba

Lipstick Building, 2004
Braided artificial hair and mixed media, 34 × 9 × 9 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase made possible by gifts from Anne Ehrenkranz, New York and Nancy Lane, New York  2005.5.1
Photo: Adam Reich
© Meschac Gaba, 2004
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

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Barkley L. Hendricks

Lawdy Mama, 1969
Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 53 3/4 × 36 1/4 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman  1983.25
© Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist's estate, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and American Federation of Arts

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Juliana Huxtable

Untitled (Psychosocial Stuntin'), 2015
Color inkjet print, 40 x 30 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee 2015.8.1
© Juliana Huxtable
Courtesy the artist and American Federation of Arts

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Norman Lewis

Blue and Boogie, 1974
Oil on canvas, 44 1/4 × 56 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of the Estate of Norman Lewis  1981.1.1
© Estate of Norma W. Lewis
Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY and American Federation of Arts

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Tom Lloyd

Moussakoo, c. 1968
Aluminum, light bulbs, and plastic laminate, Dimensions variable
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of The Lloyd Family and Jamilah Wilson  1996.11
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

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Kerry James Marshall

Silence is Golden, 1986
Acrylic on panel 49 × 48 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of the artist  1987.8
Photo: Marc Bernier
© Kerry James Marshall
Courtesy of the artist Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and American Federation of Arts

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Wangechi Mutu

Hide 'n' Seek, Kill or Speak, 2004
Paint, ink, collage, mixed media on mylar, 48 × 42 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum Purchase made possible by a gift from Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn 2004.13.3
© Wangechi Mutu
Courtesy of the artist and American Federation of Arts

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Otobong Nkanga

House Boy, 2004
Watercolor, ink, and acrylic on paper, 12 3/8 × 9 1/4 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg  2011.10.15
Photo: Sasha Jelan
© Otobong Nkanga
Courtesy Otobong Nkanga, Lumen Travo, and American Federation of Arts

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Faith Ringgold

Echoes of Harlem, 1980
Acrylic on canvas, 79 1/2 × 80 1/2 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Altria Group, Inc.  2008.13.10
© 2018 Faith Ringgold
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

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Henry Taylor

how i got over, 2011
Acrylic on canvas, 56 1/8 × 75 1/2 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg  2013.11.1
© Henry Taylor
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

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Mickalene Thomas

Panthera, 2002
Rhinestones on acrylic on birch panel, 48 × 72 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee 2003.10.9
Photo: Zalika Azim
© 2018 Mickalene Thomas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

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Kehinde Wiley

Conspicuous Fraud Series #1 (Eminence), 2001
Oil on canvas, 72 1/2 × 72 1/2 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum Purchase made possible by a gift from Anne Ehrenkranz 2002.10.14
© Kehinde Wiley
Courtesy of the artist Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California, and American Federation of Arts

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Nous étions, 2007
Oil on canvas, 28 × 22 in.
The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Pippa Cohen  2008.17.1
© Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Photo: Adam Reich
Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, Corvi-Mora, London, and American Federation of Arts

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