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Arts & Minds Celebrates Five Years at the Studio Museum

with Exhibition at Word Up Community Bookshop

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  • Arts & Minds Artwork, Word Up Community Bookshop

    Photo: K.P. Minta

  • Arts & Minds Exhibition Opening at Word Up Community Bookshop

    Photo: K.P. Minta

  • Arts & Minds Teaching Artists with participants

    Photo: Nellie Escalante

  • An Arts & Minds participant sharing his work

    Photo: Nellie Escalante

  • Carolyn Halpin-Healy, Executive Director of Arts & Minds

    Photo: Nellie Escalante

Arts & Minds is celebrating five years at The Studio Museum in Harlem with an exhibition at Word Up Community Bookshop, a non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore and art space in Washington Heights. On Sunday, March 8th, participants, friends and family members gathered for the opening reception.

Every two weeks, people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their caregivers gather at the Studio Museum to discuss the art on view and to respond creatively in the studio. This ongoing experience is the catalyst for the art now on view at Word Up. Co-curated by Executive Director, Carolyn Halpin-Healy and Arts & Minds intern Jessica Kemper, the works in the exhibition range from collage and chalk drawings, to watercolor and acrylic painting.

An ode to RadicalPresenceNY.org

by Curatorial Intern Ciaran Finlayson

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  • Senga Nengudi
    R.S.V.P, 1976–77
    Performed September 10, 2013 at the Grey Art Gallery, NYU
    Photos: © 2013 Nisa Ojalvo

  • Zachary Fabri
    Shiny Shoes, 2013
    Performed November 17, 2013 at The Studio Museum in Harlem on the occasion of Perfoma 13
    Images courtesy Performa
    Photos: © Paula Court

  • Benjamin Patterson
    A Penny for Your Thoughts, 2012
    Performed on The High Line on the occasion of Performa 13
    November 16, 2013
    Images courtesy Performa
    Photos: Chani Bockwinkel

Check out Curatorial Intern's, Ciaran Finlayson, post about radicalpresenceny.org, a website designed designed by William B. Marshall in collaboration with Jamillah James, Communications Coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, with assistance from Monique Long, Curatorial Fellow chronicling black contemporary performance art over on our friends at the Walker Art Center's website.

To a T

Kamau Amu Patton for the Times

One of my favorite features of T, The New York Times Style Magazine, and the T Magazine Blog, is their ongoing initiative to have artists and designers reinterpret their iconic "T" logo, both in print and online (I only recently made myself take down Donna Wilson's knitted version from the "mood wall" behind my desk in a fit of late-summer cleaning). So I was thrilled to see current artist in residence Kamau Amu Patton's Original Model T video go live this week.

Version's Versions

this is not your average brochure

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  • Marc Brandenburg: Version
    Exhibition brochure
    Design: karlssonwilker
    Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • Marc Brandenburg: Version
    Exhibition brochure
    Design: karlssonwilker
    Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • Marc Brandenburg: Version
    Exhibition brochure
    Design: karlssonwilker
    Photo: Dominic Hackley

We're so excited about Marc Brandenburg: Version, our upcoming exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building (make sure to join us for the opening this Friday). In collaboration with the artist and designers karlssonwilker, we produced a really exciting brochure for the show, which just arrived from the printer today.

Art Invades the Museum Store

Saya Woolfalk's Diorama for Empathic Life

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  • Installation shot from Saya Woolfalk's diorama for Empathic Life in the Museum Store

  • Installation shot from Saya Woolfalk's diorama for Empathic Life in the Museum Store

  • Installation shot from Saya Woolfalk's diorama for Empathic Life in the Museum Store

Visit the Museum Store and you might suspect that you’ve stumbled upon a rift in the space time continuum. In an area where you previously would have found our usual displays of fantastic books, jewelry and gifts, you’ll encounter mysterious figures clad in elaborate costumes, emerging from an other-worldly terrain.

Score!

Performing with Benjamin Patterson

This video documents Saya Woolfalk performing the score, Ring Small Bell from Benjamin Patterson's Methods and Processes, 1962, and the audience performing Patterson's Paper Piece, 1961, at the Studio Museum, March 31, 2011.

Fluxus is a great state!

Performing with Benjamin Patterson

If you attended last night's unclassifiable performance/discussion with Benjamin Patterson and Valerie Cassell Oliver, you know exactly how fun it was. If you missed it, kick yourself now. It was my favorite type of public program, where you learn a lot and laugh even more! Mr. Patterson spoke charmingly and elequently about his amazing work and his many adventures--which would have been a great program in itself--and then challenged the entire audience to participate in perfoming some of his scores. And perfrom we did! In the next blog post, look for a first-person account by one of our brave soloists, Matthew D. Morrison, who will never think of a beet the same way again.

On-site at OFF/SITE

Endings and Beginnings: Teresa Mora & Xaviera Simmons

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October 27 marked the final night of junctures (transmissions to), featuring Xaviera Simmons and her collaborator of the evening, singer, historian and interior designer Teresa Mora. Teresa grew up in Detroit, and consequently, much of the night’s conversation revolved around this city. Topics included: the creative energy Detroit harvests, which has manifested itself particularly in music and visual art; its now-clichéd reputation as a city of ruin and abandonment; and the recent influx of artists there. This “juncture” seemed a fitting end to the five-week exhibition, bringing full circle the show’s focus on themes of place and site, ritual, process and the examination of beginnings within artistic practice.

On-site at OFF/SITE

“So Many Rooms to Enter”: Tunde Adebimpe & Xaviera Simmons

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On-site at OFF/SITE

The Ramblin’ Session of Austin McCutchen & Xaviera Simmons

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Wednesday, October 13th introduced singer, songwriter and musician Austin McCutchen into Xaviera Simmons’s studio space down on East Third Street. Austin has been playing in the local music scene for over four years. His work reaches deep into the traditions of authentic bluegrass and country music, immediately channeling Americana, Appalachia and the American South, producing a sound that is distinctly traditional. Austin and Xaviera have known each other for about two years, and this past year Xaviera invited him to collaborate on a song for an exhibition called The Record at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University.