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Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

January 17–April 12, 2020
Exhibition Overview

Comprised of nearly 100 works in many media, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem showcases close to a century of creative achievement by artists of African descent, including Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Maren Hassinger, Norman Lewis, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Lorna Simpson, James VanDerZee, and Kehinde Wiley. Founded in 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has built an incomparable collection and become a model for how museums can be sites for exchanging ideas about art and society. The Smith College Museum of Art is the only venue in the Northeast that is presenting this landmark exhibition.

Acknowledgements

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem is organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem. The exhibition is curated by Connie H. Choi, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem. The presentation at SCMA is coordinated by Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art.

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Major support for Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem is provided by Art Bridges. Support for the accompanying publication provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

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Black Refractions at SCMA is made possible by the support of the Charlotte Frank Rabb, class of 1935, Fund; the Louise Walker Blaney, class of 1939, Fund for Exhibitions; the Carlyn Steiner ‘67 and George Steiner Endowed Fund, in honor of Joan Smith Koch; and the Suzannah J. Fabing Programs Fund for the Smith College Museum of Art. SCMA would also like to acknowledge the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce and the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council for generous in-kind support of this exhibition. Black Refractions logotype used at SCMA designed by Paul T. Plale, Museum of the African Diaspora.

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