Studio Museum in Harlem | Promoting the Works of Artists of African Descent for 50 Years

by NYJ Team

Special Notice – At the time of this post, The Studio Museum’s building at 144 W. 125th Street is closed for construction for their new museum. Studio Museum 127, their temporary exhibition space, is located at 429 West 127th Street between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues. Opening hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 6 pm.

The Studio Museum in Harlem has been promoting the works of artists of African descent since 1968. The museum features a dynamic schedule of rotating exhibitions that showcase contemporary art by African-American, Caribbean, and African artists.

Located on Harlem’s vibrant 125th Street, this small museum also houses a sculpture garden, a light-filled cafe, and many special events including concerts, walking tours and art programs for kids and families.

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Artist rendering of the new Studio Museum in Harlem

About the Exhibitions and Permanent Collection

This gallery is known for its fresh and exciting exhibits by both local and international black artists working in a variety of mediums from large-scale installations to video art. Highlights of past exhibitions include “Africa Comics” (hand-drawn comic strips from across the African continent) and “Harlem, USA” (works by photographer Dawoud Bey chronicling Harlem in the 1970’s).

The Studio Museum in Harlem often draws from its permanent collection of 19th and 20th century African-American art and artifacts for its exhibits. The permanent collection dates back over 200 years and features over 1,700 works in a broad range of media by more than 400 artists. The museum is particularly renowned for its large collection of works by legendary Harlem Renaissance photographer James VanDerZee.

Artists-in-Residence Program

Each year, The Studio Museum in Harlem showcases the works of their Artists-in-Residence. These three emerging artists are granted a stipend and studio space (hence the museum’s name) for 12 months to create art in their chosen media. During their year in residency, these artists have 24-hour access to studio space located on the third floor of the museum.

The Artists-in-Residence program has launched the careers of many esteemed artists including Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu and portrait painter Kehinde Wiley.

Public Programs and Special Events

The Studio Museum in Harlem offers many engaging programs for adults, students, children and families making it a dynamic cultural hub in the community. Some examples include gallery tours that take a closer look at the museum’s permanent collection, lectures on the influence of African-American art in popular culture and walking tours that examine Harlem architecture. The Studio Museum also offers a variety of art workshops for kids of all ages.

There is also a full calendar of special events at The Studio Museum in Harlem, many of which take place on Sundays when admission is free. Examples of performances include violin concerts by the students of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music and shows by African drum and dance troupe Sounds of Afrika.

Visiting Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem is located at 144 West 125th Street between Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue) and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard (7th Avenue).

For more information on hours of operation, current exhibitions and upcoming programs and events, call 212-864-4500 or to visit The Studio Museum in Harlem official website.

Note: This information can change without notice. Confirm all details directly with official website.

The Morgan Library & Museum | Experience a Stunning Display of Rare Books

by NYJ Team

Book lovers, prepare to be amazed. After walking through the Madison Avenue entrance of The Morgan Library & Museum, visitors will experience a stunning display of rare literary materials dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

This New York City museum and research library features a treasure trove of original letters and manuscripts, many by beloved literary figures such as Jane Austen and Mark Twain. The Morgan collection of works is considered to be one of the most important collections of literary and historical manuscripts in the world, and is a must-see destination for those captivated by literature.

The Morgan Library & Museum

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A Financier’s Book Collection

In the early 1900’s, the Morgan Library was built to house the rapidly growing collection of books and manuscripts amassed by American financier John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913.) One of the world’s richest men at the turn of the 20th century, J.P. Morgan was an avid book and art collector, and benefactor enriching the collections of many institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. His private library included a stunning collection of historical and illuminated manuscripts, ancient master drawings and prints, and printed books with rare bindings.

A Private Library Becomes a City’s Treasure

Between 1902 and 1906, J.P. Morgan’s library was built beside his New York home at Madison Avenue and 36th Street. The three-room Italian-Renaissance inspired structure was designed by architect Charles McKim and is often referred to as his masterpiece, offering a majestic yet intimate and elegant environment. The library remained in private hands until 1924, when J.P. Morgan’s son, J.P. Morgan Jr. (1867-1943) fulfilled his father’s dream of sharing his incredible collection with the world and opened the library to the public. Today the museum consists of a complex of buildings which includes the original library.

Highlights of the Collection

There are only fifty copies remaining the world of the Gutenberg Bible, and The Morgan Library & Museum boasts three in its possession. Just some of the other remarkable holdings include an autographed manuscript of the Haffner Symphony by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and autographed journal entries by American author and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau.
From medieval illuminated manuscripts to rare first editions, visitors will marvel at the astonishing collection of works which includes the only surviving manuscript of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Charles Dickens’s manuscript of A Christmas Carol, and letters and manuscripts by major figures such as Jane Austen, John Keats, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Charlotte Brontë and John Steinbeck.

In addition to the many rare manuscripts in the Morgan’s holdings, the museum also showcases drawings and works by great artists such as Rubens, Degas and Leonardo da Vinci, early children’s books and rare printed music, as well as correspondence by post-World War II writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Jack Kerouac.

The Morgan also hosts visiting exhibitions from other museums to complement its world-class collections, and features an extensive selection of on-line exhibitions at the official Morgan Library & Museum website.

Programs and Education

The Morgan offers a busy calendar of events including lectures, readings and concert performances relating to the exhibitions currently being showcased. The institution also hosts an art-in-education program for youth that complements classroom studies. Current event schedules and an overview of the museum’s educational program are available at the Morgan’s website.

Dining and Shopping at the Morgan

There are two dining options at The Morgan Museum & Library. Casual dining is available at the Morgan Café, which offers light menus inspired by the museum’s exhibitions in a light-filled, airy glass-enclosed dining area of the museum.

The more formal Morgan Dining Room allows guests to brunch or lunch in the Morgan’s original family dining room, located in a 19th century restored brownstone.

The Morgan Shop sells many unique items including art reproductions, books and collectibles that reflect the museum’s collections.

Visiting The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan is right in the heart of New York City, located at 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan.

Location: 225 Madison Avenue, New York City, New York
Phone: 212-685-0008
E-mail: visitorservices@themorgan.org

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Note: This information can change without notice. Confirm all details directly with official website.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan | New York City

by NYJ Team

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a place for all ages to explore the world and cultures through a selection of diverse programs and distinctive exhibitions. It is located in the Tisch Building which sets on West 83rd, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. More than 300,000 visitors make their way into the museum each year to inspire themselves and help with the celebration of our world’s cultural range and what’s to come in the future. It is otherwise known as CMOM and welcomes visitors of all ages to join in on all the activities offered daily.

Learn, explore and support CMOM with its internships, parent workshops, classes for kids and guided tours that can all be found onsite and on a regular basis.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

 

History
The museum first opened on a storefront back in 1973. Founder Bette Kroman understood the financial crisis the city was in as well as the absence of music, school art and cultural learning programs for children. Educators set up shop in basements on the storefront to educate audiences of the Upper West Side and Harlem. The museum received its very first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to expand the education of different programs. It was originally named the Growth Through Art and Museum Experience and then later on called the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in the 1980s.

Mission and Statement
Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s main objective and mission is to inspire families and children to educate themselves with the diverse culture in the world via interactive programs and ongoing exhibitions. Serving more than 325,000 people with more than 65,000 being children, the museum continually strives to reach out to hundreds if not thousands of families all around the world to benefit from the services that are being offered. There are more than 50 outreach programs located in 50 different cities surrounding New York City.

Visiting the Museum
The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and is closed on Mondays for outreach programs and school programs. Extended hours are offered on certain days. There are many ongoing exhibits offered daily that include PlayWorks, EatSleepPlay Building Healthy Day, Adventure with Dora and Diego and 10-Foot Cops.

The museum is also located just a few blocks from the Riverside Park, Central Park Zoo and Central Park. Dining is nearby with eateries for every taste such as Say Cheese, Big Daddy’s and Nonna Restaurant just to name a few. There is even an online shop offering a great selection of toys, books, souvenirs and educational games.