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The Studio Museum in Harlem Is Expanding Its Closely Watched Residency Program to Include a Mentor Role for a Midcareer Artist

The Studio Museum in Harlem Is Expanding Its Closely Watched Residency Program to Include a Mentor Role for a Midcareer Artist

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s artist-in-residence program is renowned for identifying talented emerging artists and helping them achieve wider recognition. This year, the program, which will take place digitally, is expanding to include a mid-career mentoring resident in addition to the usual three residents.

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Installation view of “Jacolby Satterwhite: You’re at home.” Courtesy of Pioneer Works.

The addition of a fourth artist is the latest twist in a program that has been evolving over time. Its emphasis on painters was upended in 2019 with the appointment of the internet-based artist E. Jane and musician and performance artist Elliot Reed (along with painter Naudline Pierre), and this year’s selection is similarly diverse.

Texas Isaiah and Wildline Cadet are both photographers who delve into themes of identity through portraiture. Genesis Jerez is a painter who works in mixed media, and Satterwhite is a genre-bending video artist who incorporates digital avatars, live performance, and immersive installations. He has previously collaborated with Solange and had a solo show at Brooklyn art space Pioneer Works in 2019.

SassyBlack. Photo by Texas Isaiah.

SassyBlack. Photo by Texas Isaiah.

The program went off-site in 2018 as the Studio Museum’s building began undergoing a $122 million renovation. Now, the program has become more flexible in terms of studio space, which will continue even as the lockdown throws a wrench in artists’ plans.

“It’s a year to experiment,” associate curator Legacy Russell told the , emphasizing the importance of supporting artists during these turbulent times.


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