The following is an excerpt from Ishmael Houston-Jones’s curatorial statement, which appears in the catalogue for PLATFORM 2012: Parallels. Join us on February 2 for our public program The Artist's Voice: Ishmael Houston-Jones in Conversation with Wangechi Mutu and Thomas J. Lax, where you can purchase a copy of the catalogue. More info about Parallels programming, here.
Jack Haynes draws pictures. After graduating from high school in 1999, he spent two years at Illinois State University studying illustration before moving to Chicago to pursue his passion, hoping that a career would soon follow. As a freelance designer, he has designed stationery, logos, invitations, books, and other printed matter for several companies. He loves comics and hopes to author and illustrate his own one day. On Friday afternoon, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jack Haynes, pick his brain and flip through his sketchbook.
Your work spans a plethora of different media, what kind of artist would you classify yourself as?
It's difficult to truly feel like an artist of any medium at 30 with so much to still learn and do. I have put the most study into human figure illustration and painting.
How do you describe your style?
An excerpt from Kellie Jones's "EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art"
The following is a selection of excerpts from the Introduction to Kellie Jones’s EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, titled “Art in the Family.” Make sure to join us on January 26 for our public program Books & Authors: Dr. Kellie Jones in conversation with Hettie Jones.
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London is one of the hottest and most creative cities, bristling with a multicultural community. Yet its Black artists and designers have remained largely untapped. That is until now. Just this past September, London was booming with design festivals showcasing innovative furniture, objects and fabulous fashions. Among them was the latest installment of the African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival, a hotbed of new ideas, inspiration and creativity. This year’s theme, “?Choices!,” attracted some 22,000 visitors (2,000 more than in 2010). The AACDD festival took place from September 9 to 25, coinciding with the London Design Festival and constituted AACDD’s second successful year.
The latest issue of Studio magazine has arrived and we couldn't be more thrilled! In honor of the Bearden Centennial, this issue has four different covers featuring artworks by Leonardo Drew, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu and Brenna Youngblood that are currently on view in The Bearden Project.
The Museum Store is always full of an incredible assortment of art books, stunning hand crafted jewelry, clothing, and an array of gifts, but my favorite items at the moment are the glass tumblers featuring Odili Donald Odita’s Refuge & Flight, 2002 and Third Text, 2000. Choose your favorite or buy both to create a set—just make sure to act quickly because they are in limited supply and they are only available at the Studio Museum! The tumblers are sold separately for $10, but Museum members will receive a 20% discount. Visit the Museum Store website here to browse our other fantastic items.
Re:Collection: Selected Works from The Studio Museum in Harlem features 51 artworks from our permanent collection accompanied by essays by notable scholars, artists and members of the Studio Museum community. The following is Mary Schmidt Campbell's essay on Romare Bearden's Conjur Woman, 1964, which was on view in Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective. Other incredible examples of Bearden's work are currently on view in The Bearden Project and Collected.Ritual.
Ife Felix Leads Community Quilt Project
During Target Free Sundays in January, quilt artist Ife Felix will lead a series of quilting workshops, during which you can contribute to the Community Quilt Project.
Interested in participating? Here's what to do:
Select a 5x7" fabric swatch that represents you, your family, or your community
The Evolution of Museum Missions
“How do we keep museums relevant and essential to our cultural landscape and life?” This was the fundamental question driving the Art Basel Conversation “The Evolution of Museum Mission” between four contemporary art museum directors on Friday December 2nd in Miami. Author and Arts Consultant András Szántó moderated the four female directors (including Studio Museum Director Thelma Golden), stating that there has been more change in the art world and museum institutions in the past 10 years than in the past 100 years. This notion is especially applicable for contemporary art museums: given their topical focus, they encompass perhaps the most sizable and accelerated evolutions in terms of not only art representation, but also mission.