Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem - the exhibition catalogue from The Studio Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem

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'Comprised of over one hundred works by nearly eighty artists across all media dating from the 1920s to the present, Black Refractions surveys close to a century of creative achievements by artists of African descent and is the first traveling exhibition in twenty-five years to reveal the breadth and expansive growth of the Studio Museum's permanent collection' -

A survey of close to a century of creative achievements by artists of African descent 

The artists featured in Black Refractions, including Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Nari Ward, Norman Lewis, Wangechi Mutu, and Lorna Simpson, are drawn from the renowned collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Through exhibitions, public programs, artist-in-residencies, and bold acquisitions, this pioneering institution has served as a nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally since its founding in 1968. Rather than aim to construct a single history of black art, Black Refractions emphasizes a plurality of narratives and approaches, traced through 125 works in all media from the 1930s to the present.

An essay by Connie Choi and entries by Eliza A. Butler, Akili Tommasino, Taylor Aldridge, Larry Ossei Mensah, Daniela Fifi , and other luminaries contextualize the works and provide detailed commentary. A dialogue between Thelma Golden, Connie Choi, and Kellie Jones draws out themes and challenges in collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent.

More than a document of a particular institution s trailblazing path, or catalytic role in the development of American appreciation for art of the African diaspora, this volume is a compendium of a vital art tradition.

  • Author: Connie Choi, Associate Curator of the Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Hardcover: 232 pages | 125 colour illustrations
  • Date published: February 2019
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0847866380
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 24.1 cm

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