On View

‘When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Video still of 'Billy Sings Amazing Grace' (2013–14) by Theaser Gates. (Courtesy the artist/Studio Museum)

This powerful group show features the work of several generations of African-American artists on the theme of the American South and visionary experience. Curated by Studio Museum assistant curator Thomas J. Lax, it provides viewers with precisely what the recently closed Whitney Biennial failed to deliver: a strong sense that something of interest is going on in American art. Read More


Terms of Art: Looking at the American South, the Studio Museum Considers the Insider-Outsider Divide


The 28-year-old artist Jacolby Satterwhite has reached a milestone in his career, with his work included in the current Whitney Biennial. For his mother, it has been a different story. “She has over 10,000 drawings; they’re stacked up to the ceiling,” Mr. Satterwhite said in a phone interview last week. Patricia Satterwhite, who is 63 and lives in Columbia, S.C., has for years been making sketches of products, often fanciful and slightly frightening, that she proposes selling on cable shopping channels. Diagnosed with a mental illness, she has not left her home in years, and her work has never been shown. Read More

On View

‘David Hartt: Stray Light’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem

'Award Room,' 2011. (Courtesy the artist, MCA Chicago and the Studio Museum)

In 2010, the Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony and Jet, sold its 11-story modernist headquarters in Chicago. When the office opened in 1972, it was the first major building to be designed in downtown Chicago by a black architect in 200 years, and in this elegant, understated exhibition, Windy City–based artist David Hartt takes us inside the building after the sale, before the company moved out, in seven photos and a 12-minute video accompanied by the music of a jazz sextet. (Scored by Nicole Mitchell, that graceful soundtrack is alone worth a visit to the show, which was curated by Michael Darling at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and is presented here by assistant curator Thomas J. Lax.) Read More


El Museo del Barrio, Studio Museum, Queens Museum Plan Epic Caribbean Art Show

Arnaldo Roche Rabell, 'We Have to Dream in Blue,' 1986. (Courtesy of Walter Otero Gallery and El Museo del Barrio)

In a charming profile in the Daily News today, El Museo del Barrio curator Rocio Aranda-Alvarado shares some details about “Caribbean, Crossroads of the World,” the gigantic upcoming exhibition of Caribbean art, from ca. 1804 to the present, which will be spread across the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Queens Museum of Art and El Museo del Barrio, beginning in June. Read More