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USA: Past and present collide in Harlem museum exhibitions


Published on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
This summer, at the Studio Museum in New York City, three exhibitions weave together past and present with innovative art spanning the last half-century in Harlem, New York.

Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective, showcases works from members of the Spiral art collective, founded by artists such as Romare Bearden, Charles Alston, Norman Lewis and Hale Woodruff who flourished from 1963 through 1965.

Spiral was a New York–based collective of African-American artists that came together in the 1960s to commence dialogue and foster their relationship to the civil rights movement and the shifting landscape of American art.

Evidence of Accumulation reveals contemporary work by the 2010–11 artists in residence Simone Leigh, Kamau Amu Patton and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Moreover, Lyle Ashton Harris: Self/Portrait exhibits large-format Polaroid photographs. Also on view As it is, As it could be: Expanding the Walls, displays the yearly show of emerging artists from the Museum’s high school photography program.

This diverse range of art generates a sense of collected histories through a variety of mediums and formats and will be on view through Sunday, October 23rd.


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