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The Studio Museum in Harlem

Location: 144 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

The Studio Museum’s building at 144 W. 125th Street is presently closed for construction of a new museum building.  Studio Museum 127, their temporary exhibition space, is located at 429 West 127th Street between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues. Opening hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 6 pm.

The Studio Museum in Harlem opened in September of 1968 in an 8,700-square foot loft space at 2033 Fifth Avenue, just north of 125th Street. The Studio Museum in Harlem is the hub for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s permanent collection represents more than 400 artists, spans 200 years of history and includes over 2,200 works of art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, watercolors, photographs, videos and mixed-media installations. The collection is a record of the growth of the institution and its activities, including its Artist-in-Residence program. Each year, the Studio Museum Harlem offers an 11-month studio residency for three local, national, or international emerging artists working in any media. Each artist is granted a free non-living studio space and a stipend. Artists have access to the Museum's studios and are expected to work in the studio a minimum of 20 hours per week and participate in open studios and public programs. At the end of the residency, an exhibition of the artists’ work is presented in the Museum’s galleries. The collection comprises works created by artists during their residencies, as well as pieces given to the Museum to create a historical framework for artists of African descent. The Studio Museum Harlem is also the custodian of an extensive archive of the work of photographer James VanDerZee, the noted chronicler of the Harlem community during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.

The Studio Museum Harlem offers an exciting range of programs and events for people of all abilities and backgrounds designed to foster inquiry, promote dialogue, and inspire. Whatever your age or interest, you'll find that their programs offer a unique blend of perspectives and invite you to explore how contemporary art can ignite the imagination, engage the mind, and reflect our human experience.

In 2015 the award-winning architect David Adjaye — whose firm Adjaye Associates designed the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture — was commissioned to design a new home for the Studio Museum in Harlem, which will allow the museum to expand its exhibition schedule.

In order to contribute financially to the new museum’s new building, 42 artists with close ties to the museum, donated a total of 42 works. The works were auctioned off through Sotheby's. Entitled 'Creating Space: Artists for The Studio Museum in Harlem: An Auction to Benefit the Museum’s New Building', the auction supported the campaign to construct the museum’s new home designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson.

To see The Studio Museum in Harlem, use an NYC bus tour package. With a designated bus stop near the attraction, a bus tour is a great way to explore this famous sight.


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