Delve into the Studio Museum archives with catalogs and posters from 1969 to beyond


The Studio Museum in Harlem offers art lovers the chance to collect archival exhibition catalogs and posters of its 53-year history for as little as $ 10 each.

For a sale entitled In the archives: catalogs from 1969 to 2019, the museum has republished 75 catalogs and 14 posters of historic exhibitions featuring prominent black artists such as Benny Andrews, Barkley L. Hendricks, Sam Gilliam, Faith Ringgold, Mark Bradford, Jack Whitten, Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon and many others. Collectibles are available for purchase on the museum website online shop, some of which are already sold out.

A poster from Faith Ringgold’s exhibition in 1984 Twenty years of painting, sculpture and performance (1963-1983)

It is truly a remarkable collection of archival material at attractive prices. For example, you can get exhibition catalogs like Harlem ’69 artists (1969); Black artists from California (1977); Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: any number of concerns (2011); and Speaking of people: ebony, jet and contemporary art (2014). You can also buy posters from the Faith Ringgold exhibition in 1984 Twenty years of painting, sculpture and performance (1963-1983), that of Sam Gilliam Red and black paints at “D” (1982) and Kerry James Marshall One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics (2004).

Opened in 1968 in a rented loft on West 125th Street, the museum is currently preparing to move to a larger space designed by architect David Adjaye with Cooper Robertson. Since its inception, the museum has maintained vigorous exhibition and publication programs showcasing the work of emerging and established black artists who have been historically overlooked. The museum is also famous for its 11 months artist-in-residence program, who has graduated such luminaries as Simone Leigh, Xaviera Simmons, Titus Kaphar, Meleko Mokgosi and dozens of others.

“The exhibition catalogs published by the Studio Museum in Harlem were, for many years, the principal works of scholarship on dozens of contemporary black artists, if not the only source of historical information on the art of theirs. subject, “the museum told Hyperallergic in a statement. “Now, more than 50 years after its founding, the Studio Museum is republishing these catalogs with the aim of making this primary material accessible to the public today.”

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