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Studio Museum | E-Newsletter | October 9, 2013

This Fall, the Studio Museum presents
The Shadows Took Shape, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art and Harlem Postcards Fall/Winter 2013–14:
Elia Alba, Malik Gaines, Zoe Leonard, Julie Quon

The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to announce the Fall/Winter 2013–14 season, featuring The Shadows Took Shape, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art and Harlem Postcards Fall/Winter 2013–14: Elia Alba, Malik Gaines, Zoe Leonard, Julie Quon, all on view November 14, 2013 to March 9, 2014. 

The Shadows Took Shape will be one of the few major museum exhibitions to explore the ways in which this form of creative expression has been adopted internationally and highlight the range of work made over the past twenty-five years.

New York University's Grey Art Gallery and The Studio Museum in Harlem are co-presenting Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, the first comprehensive survey of more than five decades of performance art by black visual artists. The exhibition, organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver for the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, will be presented in New York in two parts: Part I will be on view September 10 to December 7, 2013, at NYU's Grey Art Gallery; Part II will take place November 14, 2013 to March 9, 2014 at The Studio Museum in Harlem. 

Target Free Sundays: 
October 13 and October 20, 2013

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.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013
1pm: Gallery Tour: Robert Pruitt: Women
Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Robert Pruitt: Women led by a knowledgeable museum educator. Robert Pruitt: Women includes nearly twenty large-scale cont√© drawings of black women. Combining elements of science fiction, hip-hop culture and comic-book graphics, each figure is at once politically charged, physically grounded and fantastic—a blend of willful self-determination and culturally conditioned myth. 

2pm: Hands On: Faces and Masks
Take a look at the portrait drawings in Robert Pruitt: Women, and then join this workshop to create portraits using images of faces and masks, inspired by traditional and contemporary concepts of African masks and black culture.

Sunday, October 20, 2013
1pm: Gallery Tour: Things in Themselves: Artists in Residence 2012-13
Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Things in Themselves: Artists in Residence 2012-13, led by a knowledgeable museum educator. Things in Themselves presents the work of Steffani Jemison (b. 1981), Jennifer Packer (b. 1984) and Cullen Washington Jr. (b. 1972), the 2012–13 artists in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Whether exploring fragile and delicate materials, developing a deeper understanding of painting or intuitively networking found materials and objects, the artists share a deep investment in the processes and techniques of making art.

2pm: Hands On: Art-making with The Laundromat Project
Join us for this special collaboration with The Laundromat Project, a community-based non-profit arts organization committed to making art more accessible. Work with a teaching artist to create a work of art inspired by the exhibitions on view in the Studio Museum's galleries. 

Trunk Show Season is upon us! 

Please join us at the Museum Store as we launch our Trunk Show Season during October and November. The Museum Store will showcase the wares of nine artists and designers just in time for the holidays: Yumnah Najah Designs, Pashata's Cultural Designs, Montgomery, Afrodesiac World Wide, Rox Jewelry, Metal Fabulous, fiber artist Ife Felix, Black Buttafly Jewelry and Patricia Warrington.

The first round of Trunk Show shopping hours will be held Oct 11, 2013 - Oct 13, 2013 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Pashata's Cultural Designs was established in 2003 by Patricia Smith, a licensed cosmetologist and cosmetology professor. Smith's earrings are handcrafted crochet and semi-precious stone creations with an Afrocentric influence, designed for women with a sense of spiritual and cultural awareness.

After graduating from high school in 2010, seventeen-year-old Yumnah Najah spent the summer developing a line of jewelry that would fuse her love of both painting and bold, bright accessories. The jewelry line's signature is bold yet soft eye-grabbing pieces inspired by feminine prints and patterns. Her aim is to inspire the everyday woman to add a splash of spunkiness to her beauty routine.

Things We Love This Week!

Former Artist in Residence Wangechi Mutu's A Fantastic Journey lands at the Brooklyn Museum.
The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Kara Walker's solo exhibition at Camden Arts Centre.
Top left: Wayne HodgeNegerkuss (detail), 2011. Courtesy the artist; Top right: John Akomfrah, Last Angel of History (film still), 1997. Courtesy the artist and Carroll Fletcher, London; Handpainted enamel jewelry by Yumnah Najah Designs; Robert Pruitt, Post, 2009. Courtesy AltaMed Health Services Corporation Art Collection, Los Angeles; Wangechi Mutu, Riding Death in My Sleep, 2002. Courtesy Collection of Peter Norton, New York. © Wangechi Mutu.
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