The Studio Museum in Harlem’s new initiative, “Find Art Here,” is displaying reproductions of works from its collection throughout Harlem’s public schools, libraries, and service centers, reports Artnews.Benny Andrews, Jordan Casteel, Elizabeth Catlett, LeRoy Clarke, Glenn Ligon, Mickalene Thomas, Derrick Adams, and Stephanie Weaver are among the artists whose work will be on view in the following eight partner institutions: P.S. 36 Margaret Douglas School, P.S. 79 Horan School, the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, the AHRC Fisher Center, the Countee Cullen Library, Park East High School, the Harlem Library, and P.S. 154 Harriet Tubman Elementary School.
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This program marks one of the Studio Museum’s various initiatives for engaging with its neighborhoods, especially while its West 125th Street location is temporarily closed and the institution prepares for the opening of its new David Adjaye–designed building, which is slated for 2021. The museum is also currently presenting solo exhibitions of work by Maren Hassinger at Marcus Garvey Park and Firelei Báez at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as part of its “inHarlem” initiative.
“‘Find Art Here’ renews and deepens our relationships in one of the best ways possible, by bringing our collection into the lives of our neighbors, right where they are,” said Thelma Golden, the Studio Museum’s director. “We have always been a point of contact between extraordinary artists of African descent and the Harlem communities that we’re proud to serve.”
“Find Art Here” also includes initiatives for increasing art history and fine arts programming in Harlem schools’ curricula.