Studio Museum in Harlem


144 W. 125th St
Between Seventh and Lenox Avenues
New York City, NY 10027


+1 212 864 4500

NileGuide Expert tip:

Visit the museum on Sundays for one of the "Target Free Sundays" events, free and open to the public.


This intimate museum on West 25th Street in Harlem was founded in 1968 to exhibit the work of African-American artists as well as to promote local art in this historic neighborhood. Its permanent collection includes more than 1,600 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and installations, focused on 19th- and 20th-century African-American art as well as 20th-century African and Caribbean art and traditional African art and artifacts. The bulk of its exhibits are rotating, and past standouts have included a collection of African-American Photography from the Smithsonian Institute, silk-screens and lithographs by Jacob Lawrence, and an exhibit of "Harlem Postcards." Incorporating themes as diverse as hip-hop dance, comic books Abstract Expressionism and the gentrification of the historically black Harlem neighborhood, the museum seeks to open a dialogue with its visitors about racial politics and the changing nature of black art and aesthetics. The Studio Museum also supports emerging artists with its Artists-in-Residence program. In addition to the collections and exhibitions, the museum features a small sculpture garden and a gift shop.


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