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AFA and The Studio Museum in Harlem: Collection Sharing

Image of an African American woman with an afro, from torso up, wearing black t-shirt dress with thin red stripes. She is standing in front of an arched gold background, staring forward, with her right arm bent, grasping her left elbow.

Art Bridges proudly supports the nationwide tour of Black Refractions: Highlights From the Studio Museum in Harlem.

The American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem present a stunning exhibition from the Studio Museum’s collection. With approximately 90 works in all media from the 1930s to the present, this will be the first traveling exhibition to reflect the full breadth of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s unparalleled permanent collection. The exhibition, including work by artists such as Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Norman Lewis, Wangechi Mutu, and Lorna Simpson, will expand understanding of modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent.

To learn more about the exhibition, please visit the American Federation of Arts website.

Exhibition Tour Schedule:

Museum of the African Diaspora
San Francisco, CA
January 15 –  April 14, 2019

The Gibbes Museum of Art
Charleston, SC
May 24 – August 18, 2019

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Kalamazoo, 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 at the University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
August 28 – December 13, 2020

Art Bridges support includes:

  • Exhibition Project – AFA partnered with Art Bridges to arrange for each venue to have support with part of the exhibition fee.
  • Convening Project – AFA, the Studio Museum and Art Bridges co-facilitated a 3-day convening for staff from all venues to plan programming and engagement across the entire tour.
  • Programming & Evaluation Project – Each venue will apply to Art Bridges individually for funds to carry out their extraordinary plans for deep engagement with this exhibition.

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