Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall into Fall 2016 - Part 2: Alma Thomas closing October 30

Scarf on sale at Studio Museum of Harlem:
Alma Thomas, The Azaleas Sway in the Breeze, 1969 

Is there any artist more joyful and uplifting than Alma Thomas?  I doubt it.  We have had the pleasure of touring her work at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in May 2015 and now her work has been on view at the Studio Museum of Harlem since July 14th - closing next Sunday, October 30th.   If you cannot purchase your own Alma Thomas, this lovely limited-edition scarf is on sale in the Studio Museum of Harlem's book/gift shop-another way to support this wonderful museum.

In addition to Alma Thomas, there are two other excellent temporary exhibitions, plus the ongoing project Harlem Postcards: 2016.   Below are works by the three artists in Tenses -  Artists-in-Residence Jordan Casteel,  E.J. Hill, and Jibad-Khalil Huffman: 

Jordan Casteel, Kevin the Kiteman, 2016
Courtesy of the artist and the Studio Museum of Harlem

E. J. Hill, A Monumental Offering of Potential Energy, 2016
Installation at the Studio Museum of Harlem

Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Untitled (Landscape), 2016
Video installations at the Studio Museum of Harlem

Huffman's video installation cannot be imagined online, so make an effort to visit this exhibition, which also closes on October 30th. 

Richard Hunt, Hybrid Figure #3, 1970

Most important of all the exhibitions, Richard Hunt: Framed and Extended reminds us that this Hunt (as opposed to Bryan Hunt) is among the greatest sculptors of our time and surely deserving a larger show in a larger venue.  Curated by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, and Hallie Ringle, Assistant Curator, this well-chosen introduction to Hunt's work features 17 lesser-known works from various periods in this artist's career: prints, small sculptures and wall sculptures. This exhibition closes on January 15, 2017.

Richard Hunt is best known for his outdoor commissions, including

Richard Hunt, Harlem Hybrid, 1976
Roosevelt Triangle, Morningside Avenue and 125th Street

Studio Museum of Harlem consistently offers outstanding exhibitions of well-established and emerging black artists and for that I am always eager to see their shows. However, I hope that we see more of these exciting artists' works at such powerhouses as the Met, MoMA and the Whitney - where most time-pressed New Yorkers and tourists spend most of their art-allowed hours. 

Best wishes for the weekend,
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

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