AN ERA IN ART HISTORY is coming to an end in order to make way for the future. The Studio Museum in Harlem is closing for three years while a new building designed by architect David Adjaye is built at its current West 125th Street location. The groundbreaking is set for this fall and the museum’s new home is expect to be unveiled in 2021.
The last day to visit the museum is Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. During construction of the new 82,000 square foot, $175 million building, the Studio Museum’s curatorial offices and artist-in-residence studios will be a few blocks away on West 1257th Street. Exhibitions and activities will continue, hosted at partner sites and satellite locations in the interim period.
To mark the transition and celebrate its new chapter, the Studio Museum is offering visitors a last look at the final exhibition season during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. From Jan. 12-15 is the last opportunity to view exhibitions and participate in programs in the museum’s existing space. “Fictions,” a group exhibition featuring emerging artists; “We Go as They: Artists in Residence 2016–17,” presenting works by Autumn Knight, Julia Phillips, and Andy Robert; and “Their Own Harlems,” marking the centennial of Jacob Lawrence, are currently on view.
In addition, this weekend is full of events and special opportunities at the museum, including:
- Poetry readings
- Friday night Last Look mixer
- Curator-led tours
- Youth art making workshops
- Artists on Artists discussions and performances
- Public Dialogue with Julie Mehretu and Mabel O. Wilson (at capacity)
SEE COMPLETE LIST of Last Look activities CT
TOP IMAGE: Installation view of “Fictions” at the Studio Museum in Harlem featuring works by Genevieve Gaignard. | Courtesy Studio Museum in Harlem
The Studio Museum in Harlem’s “F” series of group exhibitions and catalogs showcasing the works of up-and-coming artists was envisioned by Thelma Golden and inaugurated in 2001 with “Freestyle,” and in the ensuring years presented “Frequency,” “Flow,” and “Fore.” The current exhibition season at the museum features “Fictions.”
Installation view of “Fictions” at the Studio Museum in Harlem featuring works by From left, Amy Sherald and Maya Stovall. | Courtesy Studio Museum in Harlem
Installation view of “Fictions” at the Studio Museum in Harlem featuring works by, from left, Nikita Gale and Deborah Roberts. | Courtesy Studio Museum in Harlem
Installation view of “Fictions” at the Studio Museum in Harlem with sculpture by Michael Demps in foreground. | Courtesy Studio Museum in Harlem
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