Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem

Hi everybody,

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Gibbes museum of art in Charleston, SC. The museum is curating an exhibition named “Black refractions: Highlights from the studio museum in Harlem”.

The museum in Harlem opened in 1968 a year that saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F Kennedy and demonstrations against the Vietnam War. The studio museum in Harlem celebrates artists of African descent from across the globe. Originally conceived as a non-collecting institution the Museum houses more than 2500 artworks from 700 artist.

Even though the exhibition is a sample from the museum in Harlem I found the exhibition to be quite powerful. Some of the items on display are below. Hope you have a chance to visit this exhibition.

See you soon


(All images are copyrighted by respected owners.)





Lawdy Mama 1969

By Barkley L Hendricks (b 1945, Philadelphia, PA; d. 2017, New London, CT)

Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas




Ivan 2013

By Jennifer Packer (b 1984, Philadelphia, PA; lives and works in NY City)

Oil on Canvas

Untitled (Face #155 Lyle) 2000

Untitled (Back #155 Lyle) 2000

By Lyle Ashton Harris ( b. 1965 NY City, lives and works in NY City)


Leave a Reply

Become a Creative Pinellas Supporter