The Studio Museum in Harlem announced its fall programming, kicking-off the season with Thomas J. Price: Witness, the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the United States. As part of the Studio Museum’s ongoing inHarlem initiative, the nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture entitled The Distance Within (2021) will depict a young Black man looking down at his cell phone. The large-scale artwork celebrates a familiar form rarely monumentalized within a public setting and continues the artist’s exploration of blackness and Black masculinity as it relates to presence, movement, and freedom.
Above, is an excellent interview of Tom Price by Professor Paul Goodwin as part of the African Diaspora Artists in the 21st Century project. In this interview, he speaks to how and why he started creating sculptures of men.
The installation will be on view in Marcus Garvey Park beginning October 2, 2021.
Thomas J. Price: Witness will be on view from October 2, 2021 to October 1, 2022 in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem. The installation is presented as part of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s series of collaborative initiatives, InHarlem, which are being undertaken while the Museum is preparing for construction of its new building designed by Adjaye Associates with Cooper Robertson.
Also visit The Studio Museum in Harlem’s online exhibition What Have We Stopped Hiding?: Expanding the Walls 2021, which features work by the seventeen teen artists in the 2021 cohort of the Museum’s annual program Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community.
While you’re in Marcus Garvey Park, be sure to view Susan Stair: Ascending the Mountain, located on the east side of Marcus Garvey Park near 121st Street, steps leading up to the Acropolis. On the Acropolis you will find the Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower. If you are in the Park on a Saturday, enjoy the music of the Harlem Drummers in the Drummers Circle on the Madison Avenue side between 123/124th Streets.