Studio Museum Opening Party
The Studio Museum of Harlem has a new show!
Well.. It's summer.. so it's been a slow few weeks for the art obsessed in NYC. Which means in order to get a desperately needed art fix, one has to travel to all ends of the earth. FYI..in NYC this would be defined as..the outer boroughs or any block north of the Guggenheim. Anyway..it was a good excuse to trek way
the hell uptown.. to 125th street!! Yikes! It's actually somewhat uncharted art country up there, so I needed a travel guide, and a body guard to drag along this bad little lost Sheep, and my pal JG. Oh, just one note about JG, since leaving art publishing, he's looking and sounding more and more like my old high school English teacher everyday! Can you say fashion emergency?? Carson.. Help!
So.. we attended the opening and the "clearly too cool for us" dance party last week at the Studio Museum. The party was rockin!! The sculpture garden was packed with lots of uber chic people busy guzzling the free booze, and tearing up the hip-hop dance floor. Naturally, being in the NYC art hinterland, we saw many people with shaved heads, chain mail jewelry, bandannas, and combat boots.. and those were just the women! Or in other words... we blended right in with the crowd! NOT!
It would seem the Spike Lee look is "in" on 125th street. (See photo #1) So I probably shouldn't have been surprised when someone ask me if we were the Museum's audit team from Pricewaterhouse! Just kidding.. actually... they only asked JG that question! But I digress..
Well.. for those who
are completely clueless don't know, The Studio Museum of Harlem is mostly focused on the work of local black artists. Many of their featured resident artists have grown to have international reputations, such as current art stars Wangechi Mutu, and Kehinde Wiley just too name a few MAO favorites..
The new show is a culmination of the work just completed by their current Artist-in-Residence program. The exhibition is named "Same Difference" and includes work by Rashawn Griffin, Karyn Olivier and Clifford Owens. You may recognize both Karyn Olivier and Clifford Owens, since they have recently been featured in the successful Greater New York 2005 show at P.S.1. As for this group show, there's not much of a real connection between any of the artists works. But there are some innovative individual pieces presented, and it's still well worth a look if you find yourself
lost way up north anytime soon. This group show is up until October 22.
So..here's a bunch of additional pictures from the opening night party which were posted on someone's New York Social Diary.....needless to say.. we didn't make that cut. But I'll stay on the lookout, there's always a chance our
ugly mugshots pictures could be in the next Studio Museum's annual report or financial statements!