NEW YORK, N.Y.-
September 2, 2011, marked the centennial of the birth of Romare Bearden, and the beginning of a year of international celebration of this significant and singular artist. In tribute to Bearden, who was deeply involved with the founding of The Studio Museum
in Harlem, and whose work remains at the core of its collection, the Studio Museum is inviting one hundred artists to create new works of art inspired, influenced, or informed by the life, work, and legacy of one of the most important artists of the twentieth Century. The Museum will share these works with the public through The Bearden Project, a dynamic exhibition initiative that will grow and change throughout the centennial year.
The Bearden Project will open to the public on November 10, 2011, but will evolve over the subsequent year as new work arrives at the Museum and works are rearranged in dialogue with Beardens work, each other, and concurrent exhibitions. In addition to the exhibition, the Museum will offer multiple ways for the public to engage with the art and artists participating in The Bearden Project. Building on its history of robust public programs, the Museum will celebrate The Bearden Project with the launch of a new and even more comprehensive event calendar featuring rare opportunities to experience performances, tours, artists talks and beyond with leading contemporary artists, noted scholars, and Museum curators Thelma Golden, Lauren Haynes, Naima Keith and Thomas J. Lax. Visit studiomuseum.org throughout the exhibition for details.
Additionally, in partnership with e, the Museum will launch thebeardenproject.studiomuseum.org on November 9. Created in partnership with with emerging New York design firm OCD, this ever-changing, interactive microsite will spotlight a rotating roster of participating artists and feature information about and a map of tri-state area museums displaying Bearden works in celebration of the centennial. The Studio Museum and OCD will also create a comprehensive publication reproducing each work in the project along with personal and intimate reflections from participants, a new essay by exhibition organizer and Studio Museum Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes and a foreword by director Thelma Golden. The Bearden Project both salutes an icon of American art in this centennial year and serves as an enduring tribute to his life, legacy, and influence.
In addition to The Bearden Project, the Studio Museum will present Who, What, Wear, featuring selections from the Museums permanent collection that highlight changing fashion and style; Collected. Ritual, the latest in a series of targeted collection highlights; The Block | Bellona, a new Project Space installation by Kira Lynn Harris; VideoStudio: Rodney McMillian / Robin Rhode; and Harlem Postcards by Noel Anderson, Cheryl Donegan, Mariamma Kambon and Devin Troy Strother.