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.

Title In the archives: catalogs from 1969 to 2019, the sale covers 75 catalogs and 14 posters of historic exhibitions featuring prominent black artists like 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 from the museum’s online store, with some 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 reopen in 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-month Artist-in-Residence program, which 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. topic, “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.”

Editor’s note 10/19/21: A spokesperson for the museum quashed an original statement that the newly listed titles are in the process of being re-released. Rather, the museum made archival titles available for a limited period of time.

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