For the first time, The Studio Museum in Harlem will expand access to its Spring Benefit and annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize by presenting special dialogues in conjunction with both, to be offered online in May 2021.
Beyond the Studio: The Studio Museum’s Spring Benefit will feature actor, producer, singer, and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross in conversation with Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 pm EDT. The dialogue will air online, followed by a post program live event. Beyond the Studio is ticketed and open to the public. More information can be seen at www.studiomuseum.org.
In celebration of Cauleen Smith, the fifteenth recipient of the prestigious Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, the Studio Museum will present a conversation between Smith and scholar Saidiya Hartman on Monday, May 24 at 6:00 pm EDT. The program will be streamed live on Zoom and feature live CART captioning.
Thelma Golden said, “The conversations that happen around our spring benefit, Beyond the Studio, and the Wein Prize are so vital that we have wanted to make them more widely available to the Studio Museum’s growing community. We are thrilled to be able to do just that, with the generous collaboration of our truly extraordinary guests. With Tracee Ellis Ross, a leading creative force in our culture and a great friend of the Studio Museum, we’ll discuss her ongoing involvement in the arts and how art can enable the exploration of self and community. Cauleen Smith, whose endlessly generative imagination has put her into the forefront of today’s artists, will speak with the profound and brilliant scholar Saidiya Hartman about her sources of inspiration and the ways in which the media represent protest, rebellion, and Black life. We look forward to sharing these dialogues this spring, and to continuing the initiative going forward.”
Proceeds from the presentation of Beyond the Studio will support the Museum’s general operations, curatorial mission, and growing schedule of digital programs dedicated to providing meaningful engagement for audiences of all ages.
Presentation of the dialogue with Cauleen Smith will honor the recipient of the annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, established to recognize the achievements of an African-American artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise, and creativity. Bearing a cash award of $50,000, the Prize was established in 2006 by jazz impresario, musician, and philanthropist George Wein to honor his late wife, Joyce Alexander (1928–2005), a long-time Trustee of The Studio Museum in Harlem.