Past Event

Panel Discussion on “Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem”

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6:00PM Doors Open*  
6:30PM Panel Discussion
Reception to Follow

SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street, NYC

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP required.
*Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. 


The American Federation of Arts is pleased to present curators and artists in conversation on the occasion of the national tour of the AFA exhibition Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem.  


Connie H. Choi, exhibition curator
Willie Cole, artist
Steffani Jemison, artist
Robert Pruitt, artist

Moderated by:
Larry Ossei-Mensah, catalogue contributor


Comprised of over 100 works by nearly 80 artists across all media dating from the 1920s to the present, Black Refractions surveys close to a century of creative achievements by artists of African descent and is the first traveling exhibition in 25 years to reveal the breadth and expansive growth of the Studio Museum’s permanent collection.  This panel discussion will explore the vital contributions of artists of African descent, proposing a plurality of narratives of black artistic production and multiple approaches to understanding these works.


The accompanying catalogue, co-published by the American Federation of Arts and Rizzoli Electa, will be available for purchase at the event.

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

This event is in partnership with SVA Theatre, part of the School of Visual Arts.



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