The Studio Museum in Harlem is an institution dedicated to supporting artists of African descent and work that has been inspired and influenced by Black culture.
The Masterpiece Moment video features Thelma Golden, the Studio Museum’s director, and chief curator, sharing the rich history behind the award-winning artist and Brooklyn College professor William T. Williams’s painting Trane, 1969.
The full Masterpiece Moment video can be viewed here.
Bank of America Masterpiece Moment is a new digital initiative that supports art and cultural institutions throughout the nation.
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The program features works of art from the collections of 25 museum partners through video vignettes.
This innovative virtual showcase allows continued public access to groundbreaking pieces, museum experts, and the cultural experiences they provide, even while doors are closed or capacity is reduced amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“At Bank of America, we celebrate art from our local communities and honor the transformative impact they have — from uplifting untold stories to capturing moments in time,” said Anne Walker, New York City market president for Bank of America. “New York City is profoundly shaped by artists and the local institutions that empower them. Through the Masterpiece Moment initiative, we are supporting institutions that champion arts and culture while connecting people, here in the city and beyond, to the exhibits they are unable to visit in person.”
With many museums remaining temporarily closed due to coronavirus restrictions, the private sector — now more than ever — has a role to play in keeping the arts thriving in our communities.
Companies like Bank of America are finding new ways to stand by museum partners in communities across the state and throughout the nation.
“We are grateful to Bank of America for featuring an outstanding artwork from The Studio Museum in Harlem’s collection as part of their Masterpiece Moment series,” said Thelma Golden. “William T. Williams is one of the artists associated with us at the time of our founding, more than half a century ago, and his painting Trane, from 1969, was made just as we were inaugurating our Artists-in-Residence program with the benefit of his clear-sighted leadership and support. Thanks to Masterpiece Moment, new audiences everywhere can enjoy his dynamic and vibrant abstraction and marvel at how the work translates John Coltrane’s ‘sheets of sound’ into shape and color. Trane truly is a masterpiece.”
Photo credit: Exterior View from 125th Street Plaza Courtesy Adjaye Associates.