Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fwd: Sing a song: Last chance to get tickets for "Song of the Civil War" with Courtesy the Artists

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The Studio Museum in Harlem | E-Newsletter | May 28, 2014

Courtesy the Artists
presents "Songs of the Civil War"
Performance by Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade with niv Acosta, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Matana Roberts 

Saturday, June 7, 3–5pm

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Join Courtesy the Artists (organized by Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade) and collaborators including niv Acosta, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Matana Roberts, Kali Wilder and the New York Regiment United States Colored Troop Reenactors (20th, 26th and 31st) for an afternoon of live performances based Civil War tunes. During a recent residency, Gaines and Segade came upon a book of sheet music that included songs from both the Union and Confederate armies during the American Civil War. Considering the role of nationalism, feeling and music culture across both sides of the deadliest American war and the war that resulted in emancipation, Courtesy the Artists look for new meaning in nineteenth-century martial, sentimental, Abolitionist, minstrel and spiritual songs. This program is organized on the occasion of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South

ArtLooks: The Decision of Style Workshops

This 2-part workshop challenges participants to develop a definition of “draped down,” inspired by the exhibition Draped Down, currently on view. 

Led by stylist Pamela Shepard, students will be guided through a series of unique experiences and hands-on styling experiments that will culminate in the third evening, Friday, May 30, where participants will showcase their personal style.

Part 1: Workshop dates and times
Wednesday, May 28, 4–6pm
Thursday, May 29, 4–6pm

Part 2: Style Showcase (open to all teens)
Friday, May 30, 6–8:30pm

ArtLooks is free, designed specifically for teenagers. RSVP is required and participants should arrive "draped down." 

Target Free Sundays: 
June 1 and June 8, 2014

Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission is free every Sunday. Target Free Sundays reflects a shared commitment to engage the community and offer a vital cultural experience to all.

To participate in gallery tours and Hands On activities, RSVP online.

Sunday, June 1, 2014
1pm: Gallery Tour: When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South

Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, an exhibition that queries the category of “outsider” art in relation to contemporary art and black life. Situating itself within current art historical and political debates, the exhibition considers work by self-taught, spiritually inspired and incarcerated artists, alongside other projects based in performance, socially engaged practice and the archive, as well as painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage, that make insistent reference to place. 

1pm: Children's Book Festival

Families are invited to participate in the Children's Book Festival, which brings children and families together from New York City and surrounding areas to meet, read, and creatively engage with their favorite children's book authors and illustrators. Activities will include story time, book signings, hands-on art making workshops, special performances, and giveaways. Participating authors include Kwame Alexander, Bryan Collier, Zetta Elliott and Jacqueline Woodson

Sunday, May 25, 2014
1pm: Gallery Tour: Draped Down

Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Draped Down. Draped Down looks at both the implicit and explicit references to fashion in visual art. The title is adapted from a renaissance-era slang term meaning well-dressed; to be in the height of Harlem fashion. The term “draped down” was culled from a short story that the novelist and cultural anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston published in 1942. 

2pm: Hands On: Fabric Assemblages

Draped Down encourages visitors to consider connections between fashion and visual art. In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore fabric and texture to create fabric assemblage inspired by fashion, style and textiles.

Tuesday, June 3 (Series B) 
and Tuesday, June 10 (Series A), 2pm 

Arts & Minds brings adults with memory disorders and their caregivers together in new experiences of art. Join us for a lively discussion of the current exhibitions during a guided tour and art-making workshop. Through gallery discussions and hands-on art activities, Arts & Minds opens a window to creativity and well-being.

Arts & Minds is free but reservations are required. Call 646-755-3726 to reserve your place. Participants may only sign up for Series A or Series B. Series B will be a repeat of Series A from the previous week. 

Professional Development for Middle School Educators: Making Connections Between Historical Memory and Contemporary Art

Thursday, June 5, 9am–3pm

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Educators are invited to explore the exhibition, Glenn Kaino19.83, two site-specific installations based on the October 16, 1968 medal ceremony for the men's 200-meter race at the Mexico City Olympic Games, when American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black-gloved fists as a symbolic act of protest. Participants will engage in a hands-on art making workshop, exploring creative strategies for the essential question, How might we use contemporary art making practices to explore historical memory? Educators will learn tools and resources for connecting learning standards across disciplines.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about resources for educators, upcoming programs, and opportunities for your school.

Professional Development for Middle School Educators is FREE, and RSVP is required! Refreshments will be provided.

Lil' Studio: Paper Doll Fashion

Wednesday, June 11, 11am

RSVP here!

The current exhibition, Draped Down features fashion and style as its central subject. In this session of Lil' Studio, parents and children will explore pattern, texture and color, working together to create and style paper dolls with their own unique fashions.

Parents with little ones ages 2.5 to 4 are invited to the Studio Museum to enjoy art-making and other activities that encourage creative time and bonding.

Lil' Studio is free, refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Please note Lil' Studio cannot accommodate groups with more than five children. Early childhood centers should contact to arrange a separate visit.

Things We Love This Week

Frieze Magazine's round-table discussion on the role of contemporary art in the Caribbean featuring Holly Bynoe, Charles Campbell, Amanda Coulson, John Cox, Annalee Davis and Caryl Ivrisse-Crochemar 

The Dark Room Collective: Where Black Poetry Took Wing in The New York Times

Radical Presence artist Jayson Musson tells ArtInfo that he's not a â€œHeroic White Man Painter’s Painting Painter”

Artist in residence Abigail DeVille was selected as a 2014–15 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Afrofuturist-pioneer Alondra Nelson Named Dean of Social Sciences at Columbia University

Adrienne Edwards's beautifully written eulogy for the late Terry Adkins

Art21's look at the creation of Kara Walker's project for Creative Time

Images: Njideka AkunyiliThe Beautyful Ones Series #1b, 2012. Courtesy the artist; Glenn KainoBridge, 2013. Courtesy the artist, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN and Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Adam Reich; Malick SidibéUntitled, c. 1974. Gift of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York  02.9.1; Abigail DeVille. Photo: Paul Mpagi Sepuya. 
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