Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

January 17–April 12, 2020

Comprised of nearly one hundred works by nearly eighty artists across all media dating from the 1920s to the present, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem surveys close to a century of creative achievements by artists of African descent and is the first traveling exhibition in twenty-five years to reveal the breadth and expansive growth of the Studio Museum’s permanent collection. 

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.

Artists in the exhibition include: 

Derrick Adams, Terry Adkins, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Charles Alston, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Dawoud Bey, McArthur Binion, Betty Blayton-Taylor, Chakaia Booker, Frank Bowling, Mark Bradford, Jordan Casteel, Elizabeth Catlett, LeRoy Clarke, Willie Cole, Eldzier Cortor, Noah Davis, Beauford Delaney, Thornton Dial, Leonardo Drew, Melvin Edwards, Meschac Gaba, Sam Gilliam, David Hammons, Lyle Ashton Harris, Maren Hassinger, Barkley L. Hendricks, Richard Hunt, Clementine Hunter, Juliana Huxtable, Steffani Jemison, Loïs Mailou Jones, Isaac Julien, Titus Kaphar, Seydou Keïta, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Norman Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Tom Lloyd, Whitfield Lovell, Alvin Loving, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Adia Millett, Wangechi Mutu, Kori Newkirk, Otobong Nkanga, Odili Donald Odita, Chris Ofili, Lorraine O'Grady, Jennifer Packer, Howardena Pindell, Robert Pruitt, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Jacolby Satterwhite, Malick Sidibé, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Shinique Smith, Henry Taylor, Alma Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Bob Thompson, Bill Traylor, James VanDerZee, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, Stanley Whitney, Jack Whitten, Kehinde Wiley, William T. Williams, Fred Wilson, Hale Woodruff, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

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. Black Refractions is accompanied by a new publication of the same title co-published by the American Federation of Arts and Rizzoli Electa and available for sale in the SCMA Museum Shop. 

  

 

 

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.

Image: Barkley L. Hendricks. . Lawdy Mama, 1969. Oil and gold leaf on canvas. 53 3/4 × 36 1/4 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman 1983.25 © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist's estate, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and American Federation of Arts