Upcoming Exhibition

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

Major Traveling Exhibition Brings Nearly a Century of Works by Artists of African Descent to Audiences Across the United States

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Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
January 15 – April 14, 2019
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
May 24 – August 18, 2019
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI
September 13 – December 8, 2019
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
January 17 – April 12, 2020
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
May 9 – August 2, 2020
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
August 28 – December 13, 2020


Black Refractions is accompanied by a new publication of the same title co-published by the American Federation of Arts and Rizzoli Electa. The richly illustrated volume includes essays by Connie H. Choi and Kellie Jones; entries by a range of writers, curators and scholars (among them Lauren Haynes, Ashley James, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Larry Ossei-Mensah and Hallie Ringle) who contextualize the works and provide detailed commentary; and a conversation among Choi, Thelma Golden, and Jones that draws out themes and challenges in collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent.


Connie H. Choi is the Associate Curator of the Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Previously, she was Assistant Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She holds an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University and is a doctoral candidate in Art History focusing on works by African-American artists, at Columbia University.


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.