Visual Arts

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

Venue: Gibbes Museum of Art


Showcasing works from The Studio Museum in Harlem, this traveling exhibition brings the full breadth of the museum’s unparalleled permanent collection to Charleston. Rather than aiming to construct a single history of “black art,” the exhibition, like the Museum itself, emphasizes plurality, including multiple approaches to and reflections on art created by artists of African descent. With works in all media from the 1930s to the present, the collection includes a wide range of well-known artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Thornton Dial (Spoleto Festival USA, 1997), David Hammons (Spoleto Festival USA, 1991), Kehinde Wiley, Fred Wilson, Lorna Simpson (Spoleto Festival USA, 1991), Kerry James Marshall, and Titus Kaphar. These artists are powerful voices in American art that encourage viewers to consider the world around them in new and thoughtful ways.

May 24 – August 18

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

A Conversation with Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem
Thursday, May 23, at 6:00pm

Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she began her career in 1987 before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988. After a decade at the Whitney, she returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as the Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs, and was named Director and Chief Curator in 2005. In 2018, Golden was awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal, along with Agnes Gund and Richard Serra. Golden will speak with Rita Scott, journalist and retired General Manager for Live 5 News, about the Studio Museum, and the impact it has made on the development of artists of African descent since its founding in 1968. Participants will have the opportunity to preview the exhibition, Black Refractions.

Click here for tickets to this lecture ($20 Museum Members | $30 Non-Members)