The Studio Museum in Harlem announced their 50th anniversary and plans to develop a grand new space on the founding grounds. This was great news for locals but for artists expecting to exhibit at the annual Studio Museum Exhibition this summer it caused a small panic. The semi-centennial art institution avoided melee by also announcing they will host the annual event as planned thanks to an exciting new partnership with MoMA PS1.
For the first time since the museum’s residency program was instituted, the AIR exhibition will be presented outside the museum in another borough—Queens. The exhibition will feature new work by Allison Janae Hamilton (b. 1984, Lexington, KY), Tschabalala Self (b. 1990, New York, NY), and Sable Elyse Smith (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA). All are pivotal in their contribution to the artistic dialogue of our time by reflecting cultural concerns and challenging viewers and their preconceptions.
MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States most known for promoting new ideas, discourses, and trends in the contemporary art scene. It has a traditional museum structure inhabiting permanent works as well as designated spaces for traveling exhibitions.
Modern art as we know it first began to evolve during The Enlightenment Era which brought about a liberalization of art disrupting the elitist system’s exclusion of art from the common man. Prior to this, art works were prescriptive and relegated to religious imagery to enhance national sovereignty embodied by the monarchy.
With the Enlightenment Era artists realized they could break free from purely religious concerns to more secular matters. Artists appropriated the art exhibition format to show and sell their works and to create a reputation for themselves.
Traditional art institutions like MoMA PS1 and the Studio Museum in Harlem continue to use art exhibitions the same way.
The contemporary art works they feature hold a mirror up to society, reflecting its interests and concerns while at the same time challenging its ideologies.
Both spaces focus on contemporary art but the Studio Museum in Harlem provides a rare space for Black artists to represent their political or aesthetic position as Americans.
The upcoming inaugural installation of Studio Museum at MoMA, organized by the Studio Museum in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, will be curated by the Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden.
The first exhibition in this new series features the work of Michael Armitage. It is set to open on June 9, 2019 in the new MoMA location.