The Studio Museum in Harlem: Fifty Years of Collecting (working title)

  • Barkley L. Hendricks | "Lawdy Mama," 1969 | Oil and gold leaf on canvas | 53 ¾ x 36 ¼ in. | The Studio Museum in Harlem | © Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
  • Dawoud Bey | "A Boy In Front Of The Loews 125th Street Movie Theater, 1976," 1979 | Silver print | 5 1/5 x 8 1/2 in. | The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of the Artist | Courtesy of the artist
  • Wangechi Mutu | "Hide 'n' Seek, Kill or Speak," 2004 | Paint, ink, collage, mixed media on mylar | 42 x 48 in. | The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum Purchase made possible by a gift from Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn | Courtesy of the artist
  • Norman Lewis | "Bonfire," 1962 | Oil on canvas | 64 x 49 7/8 in. | The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of the Estate of Norman Lewis | © Estate of Norman W. Lewis; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
  • Faith Ringgold | "Echoes of Harlem," 1980 | Acrylic on canvas | 79 ½ x 80 ½ in. | The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of Altria Group, Inc. | © 1980 Faith Ringgold
  • Lorna Simpson | "Blue Wave," 2011 | Collage and ink on paper | 11 x 8.5 in (28 x 21.6 cm) | Gift of the artist on the occasion of the Romare Bearden (1911-1988) Centennial and The Bearden Project at The Studio Museum in Harlem | Courtesy of the artist

Traveling beginning in 2019/20.

With over 100 works in all media from the 1930s to the present, this will be the first traveling exhibition to reflect the full breadth of the Studio Museum’s unparalleled permanent collection. The exhibition, including work by artists such as Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Norman Lewis, Wangechi Mutu, and Lorna Simpson, will expand understanding of modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent.


Lauren Haynes is the Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Previously she served as Associate Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Studio Museum in Harlem.


For more information, contact Curator Margery King at 212.988.7700 ext. 246 or


This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Studio Museum in Harlem.