Sotheby’s + Studio Museum in Harlem = Creating Space ~ Auction off to a Great Start!




Clockwise, from top left, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson, Mark Bradford, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Glenn Ligon Julie Mehretu, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Rashid Johnson. | Imagew via Sotheby’s

Creating Space: Artists for The Studio Museum in Harlem: An Auction to Benefit the Museum’s New Building  took place on May 16 and 17 at Sotheby’s New York, with a public viewing of the works during the month of May, up to auction date. The Museum hopes to raise $175 million during its capital campaign.

At auction, all five additional donated pieces sold above their high estimates, raising $16.4 million. 37 more pieces were sold Thursday evening, raising $20.2 million ~ and yielding 24 artist records.

The work auctioned for the benefit will include an intergenerational and prominent group of 42 artists with close ties to Museum. A complete list of works are catalogued here.

Not participating in the Sotheby’s Auction?  Here’s a way to participate in whatever way you can ~ and your donation will really count…..2X.  An anonymous donor just issued a challenge to the Studio Museum supporters. Donate to The Studio Museum in Harlem Annual Fund by June 30th, 2018, and your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

Ground breaking for the new Museum space will take place in late fall of 2018. The 82,000 square foot, Adjaye designed building, will replace its century old current building, which the Museum has occupied since the early 1980s.

Rendering of Facade View from 125th Street. Image via Studio Museum courtesy Adjaye Associates

Creating Space: Artists for The Studio Museum in Harlem: An Auction to Benefit the Museum’s New Building will take place on May 16 and 17 at Sotheby’s New York, 1334 York Avenue, between 71st and 72nd Streets.

While the creation of the new space moves forward, Studio Museum in Harlem continues with art and collaboration outside its walls with the program ~ inHarlem. Currently on view, Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire to September 29, 2018 at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Stop by the Museum’s Visitor Center on Friday, May 11th from Noon to 6:00pm for inHarlem Open House: Mindful Moments ~ then, at 4:00pm, join Studio Museum in Marcus Garvey Park! Get a sneak peek of where Mindful Monuments, eight site-specific sculptures will be installed in Marcus Garvey Park by the artist Maren Hassinger, this summer in partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

While you’re at the Museum, be sure to pick up the Spring/Summer Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine.

While you’re in Marcus Garvey Park, check out the Public Art Initiative/Marcus Garvey Park Alliance current installation, Atlas of the Third Millennium by artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez, on view to October 1, 2018.

Keep up-to-date with activities and events in Marcus Garvey Park on the Alliance website.