The Studio Museum in Harlem

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 01/24/14 04:32:18 PM
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The Black Aquatic and Afrofuturism  | Open: 02/06/14 Close: 02/06/14
Space may have been the place for jazz visionary Sun Ra, but there is another location that has often been excluded from discussions of Afrofuturism: the ocean. From the mythic, underwater world of Drexciya, to the music of Azealia Banks and the artwork of Ellen Gallagher, the ocean has flooded several modes of black cultural expression. The Black Aquatic and Afrofuturism conceptualizes a "black aquatic space" and then charts it across film, theory, literature, music and contemporary art.

Organized by Jared Richardson, PhD student of Art History at Northwestern University, this discussion features Alexander G. Weheliye, Professor of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Join the Studio Museum for this trans-disciplinary dialogue on the aquatic as it relates to the global production of black science fictions.


Theaster Gates: See, Sit, Sup, Sip, Sing: Holding Court  | Open: 01/16/14 Close: 01/16/14
Includes Museum Admission; Limited Seating and Standing Room are first-come, first-served.

Theaster Gates's "See, Sit, Sup, Sip, Sing: Holding Court" was created from tables, chairs and desks salvaged from a now-closed public school on Chicago's South Side. Gates joins us in the Museum atrium for a special activation of the work. Designed as an experience for learning created by the people assembled in and around it, the installation will be a site for engaged conversation and dynamic interaction.


"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" is the first exhibition to survey over fifty years of performance art by visual artists of African descent from the United States and the Caribbean.

Organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, "Radical Presence" is presented in New York in two parts: Part I at New York University's Grey Art Gallery (September 10-December 7) and Part II at The Studio Museum in Harlem (November 14-March 9, 2014). For its New York presentation, the exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem is overseen by Thomas J. Lax, Assistant Curator.

For up-to-the-minute information, please visit; to be apart of the conversation on social media, use #radicalpresenceny!

"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" is supported by generous grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the patrons, benefactors, and donors to CAMH's Major Exhibition Fund. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc. Funding for the presentation at the Grey Art Gallery is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; the New York University Arts Council; Susan and Steven Jacobson; Jane Wesman and Don Savelson; the Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, NYU; the Grey's Director's Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust. Generous in-kind support has also been received from The Wall Street Journal and James Cohan Gallery, New York. Funding for Radical Presence at The Studio Museum in Harlem is generously provided by Lambent Foundation. The Studio Museum in Harlem's exhibitions are supported with public funds from the following government agencies and elected representatives: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; The City of New York; and Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th Council District, Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council. Additional funding is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Images: Theaster Gates, "See, Sit, Sup, Sing: Holding Court" (2012), performance at CAMH, December 2012;
Theaster Gates, "See, Sit, Sup, Sing: Holding Court" (installation view), 2012, The Studio Museum in Harlem Photo: Adam Reich


Zachary Fabri: Shiny Shoes, 2013  | Open: 11/17/13 Close: 11/17/13
Zachary Fabri presents a new live performance interweaving physical movement, monologue and sound from the galleries of The Studio Museum in Harlem to 125th Street, just beyond the Museum's doors.


Narcissister: New Work | Perforemance / December  | Open: 12/13/12 Close: 12/13/12
Brooklyn-based visual and performance artist Narcissister creates provocative yet playful vignettes that reference neo-burlesque and employ a range of materials, including fashion accessories, fake body parts, handmade props, larger-than-life costumes and her own body. Heir to Narcissus, the boy in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool and wasted away from unsatisfied desire, Narcissister excused herself from a career in modern dance to focus on a visual arts practice that explores the relationship between sexuality, race and gender. For perFOREmance, Narcissister debuts new worktwo videos and one performancecontinuing her long-standing interest in challenging conceptions of feminist craft, gender objectification and commodity culture.

Please note this performance contains nudity and explicit sexual content.

perFOREmance, two three-day performance presentations in December 2012 and February 2013, provides a platform for the new and commissioned performances in Fore.