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Fwd: Celebrate the UBUNTU festival at The Studio Museum!

Celebrate the UBUNTU festival at The Studio Museum!
The Studio Museum in Harlem Newsletter | October 16, 2014
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October Program Highlights
Oct 19, 2014 4–6PM, Theatre

In celebrating Carnegie Hall's UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival, The Studio Museum in Harlem is partnering with The Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg to present a weekend-long, artist-exchange program aimed at inciting a cross-cultural conversation. This special project will feature a public dialogue moderated by Tumelo Mosaka where artists Firelei Baez (NY), Jarrett Erasmus (SA), Sean Slemon (SA) and Xaviera Simmons (NY) will explore and discuss their practice in relation to Ubuntu philosophy, which emphasizes the importance of community and highlights the important role played by late Nelson Mandela in reconciling South Africa's political history with its goals of integration and inclusion. 

Dedicated to Mandela's legacy, UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa—which runs from October 8 through November 5, 2014 at Carnegie Hall—celebrates South Africa's vibrant musical culture, featuring performances by legendary trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela, world-renowned singers Ladysmith Black Mambazo, grammy Award-winning singer and activist Angélique Kidjo and many more. Through our partnership with Bag Factory Artists Studios, we hope to broaden this dialogue to reflect the important role the visual arts have played in shaping this unique history. Our hope is that these important conversations will extend well beyond the length of the Ubuntu festival!

To RSVP, please email

Mandela Monoprints
October 19, 2014, 2–4 PM, Workshop A

Families are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela with expressions of creativity through printmaking. Participants will print and personalize drawstring backpacks with a Mandela portrait and unique, colorful designs.

This special workshop will help celebrate Carnegie Hall's UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival! 

Click here to RSVP for Hands On: Mandela Monoprints

The Artist's Voice
Abigail DeVille's The New Migration: Living Dead (Harlem)

October 25, 2014, 4–6 PM, Marcus Garvey Park, 124th Street and Courtyard

Bronx-born visual artist Abigail DeVille explores the implications of mass flight and migratory return in a new work entitled The New Migration: Living Dead (Harlem), presented as part of the Museum's Artist’s Voice series. Working in collaboration with stage director Charlotte Brathwaite, a sunset procession will take place with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber and a host of New York performers. Inspired by the brave women and men who left the violence of the Jim Crow South on a quest to the Promised Land of the North, as well as Jacob Lawrence's seminal masterwork, The Migration Series, the procession is a celebration of the transformative power of migrations past, present and continuous. The procession will feature participants clad in DeVille's wearable sculptures as they chant, dance and sing from Marcus Garvey Park, down 124th Street and into the Studio Museum's Courtyard.

This event is free and open to the public, and will convene at the 124th Street entrance to Marcus Garvey Park. RSVP to

Museum Highlights and A Look Ahead

Target Free Sundays!

In addition to free Museum admission on Sundays, the Education and Public Programs departments organize free programs and events geared to our different audiences. Target Free Sundays at the Studio Museum ensures that the Museum is accessible to all. Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission is free every Sunday. RVSP is required for all events. 

Sunday, October 19
Gallery Tour: Material Histories: Artists in Residence 2013–14
1–2 PM

Hands On: Mandela Monoprints
2–4 PM
Sunday, October 26
Gallery Tour: Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989
1–2 PM

Hands On: Color-by-Chance Drawings
2–4 PM

Are you a budding Museum or Arts Educator, wondering how you might access the museum field and gain hands-on experience?

If yes, please join us for an information session to learn
more about the Museum Education Practicum!

This free, 8-week course is an intensive training program designed to provide emerging museum and arts educators with an in-depth look at museum education with the guidance of the Studio Museum's knowledgeable Education department. The curriculum includes seminars and in-gallery lab sessions, professional talks and presentations, as well as opportunities to observe an array of education programs. Participants will also gain firsthand experience facilitating tours and workshops. In addition to exploring both theory and practice, participants will enter into a specific conversation around artists of African descent, contemporary art practice, and programmatic strategies. 

RVSP for info session on October 22, 5–6:30 PM
RVSP for info session on November 20, 5–6:30 PM

Expanding the Walls Applications are due Tuesday, November 18th!

Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History and Community is an eight-month photography-based program for a select group of students enrolled in a high school or GED program. ETW uses the work of renowned Harlem photographer, James VanDerZee, as a catalyst for discussion and art-making. Students participate in a series of art workshops, discussion groups and field excursions while learning the basics of digital photography. 

Click here to begin the application!

Introducing Members-Only Wednesday Evenings—Starting November 19!

Become a member today and instantly become a part of the Studio Museum community! Members are integral to the life of the Studio Museum. Gain first-hand access and insight into new directions and historical issues in the contemporary art world.

In appreciation of their support, all Members receive the following:
  • Unlimited general admission to the Studio Museum
  • Invitations to exhibition openings
  • Free or discounted tickets to education and public programs
  • One-year subscription to Studio magazine
  • Annual recognition in Studio magazine
  • Discounts at the Museum Store, and at various local businesses
  • Starting November 19th! Members-Only Wednesday evenings

We are gearing up for our Fall/Winter
Exhibition Season!

Joining the pioneering exhibition Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art are Kianja Strobert: Of this Day in Time, Titus Kaphar: The Jerome Project and the latest installment of Harlem Postcards. Fall/Winter 2014–15 exhibitions and projects will be on view November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. 

View press release here

Things We Love This Week
Can't get enough of Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989? Explore our tumblr! It features Gaines’s work, ephemera from throughout his career, other artists inspired by the grid and crowd-sourced exhibition documentation tagged #gainesgridwork.

Images (top to bottom):

Abigail DeVille, ADDC Obelisk, 2014, Wood armature, cinder blocks, fabric, paper, plastic, chicken wire, plaster, crates, shopping carts, tape, rope, paint, barbed wire, gold leaf and box springs, 60 × 60 × 180 inches. Courtesy the artist. Photo taken by: Groana Melendez; Photo of Clifford Owens. Courtesy of the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Charles Gaines, Faces, Set #10: Terry Allen, 1978, Photograph, ink on paper, Three parts: 23 × 19 in. each (framed); 23 × 57 in. (framed), Collection of Barbara Gaines
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