Skip to main content
Barkley L. Hendricks. Lawdy Mama, 1969.

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

January 17–April 12, 2020

Comprised of nearly 100 works in many media, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem surveys 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.

Cropped images by Mary Bauermeister and Claude Monet

SCMA Then\Now\Next

SCMA Then\Now\Next explores what it means to “make” a museum and how museums are “remade.”  Art is at the heart of many museums, but museums are more than collections of objects.  Museums reflect and respond to the ideas, passions, and hopes of the communities they serve, yet these qualities are not fixed.

Arthur Rothstein, American,1915-1985, Wife and Child of Submarginal Farmer at Their Window  Decorated for Christmas 1937

A Dust Bowl of Dog Soup: Picturing the Great Depression

November 22, 2019–May 24, 2020

In 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt needed to generate enthusiasm for his New Deal. The challenge was to find support for investments into programs and services directed primarily to the recovery of rural America, which most city folk had not experienced firsthand. Roosevelt’s conversational and intimate fireside radio chats brought him into people’s homes. His straight talk promised hope and comfort to an ailing nation and highlighted what the government was doing to remedy the country’s ills.