Ayem is the New York design and research-based studio of emerging Black designers Albert L. Hicks IV and Marcus Washington Jr. Albert (Ay) and Marcus (Em) have devoted their work to intently reflect on how iterations of community, space, and objects shape culture, language, and perspective. Their projects, both referential and expansive, preface, support, and create seminal storytelling through brilliant and functional designs and experiences. Developing in spaces such as the Whitney Museum for Dawoud Bey, Saint Heron’s FLUID DELIVERANCE, and Central Saint Martins, Ayem’s designs operate as a growing pathway for communities and creatives to be heard and amplified in memorable ways. 

Where Black Art Lives, Special Edition T-Shirt $55

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Studio Store announces its inaugural capsule collection, the “Where Black Art Lives” special edition T-shirt. Designed by Ayem, the design and research duo of Albert L. Hicks IV and Marcus Washington Jr., this unique T-shirt combines conceptual play and minimalist design in celebration of the Studio Museum’s past, present, and future.

In 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem was founded to serve as a vital link between artists and community in the cultural capital of Black America. In this spirit of the Museum’s ethos around people, place, and art, Studio Store worked with Ayem to produce this special edition T-shirt, the first of two collaborations with the designers. "Where Black Art Lives” speaks to the Museum’s ongoing commitment to serve as the nexus for Black art and artists internationally. Hand-printed in a rich, textured red ink and high-gloss black ink on Everybody World’s 100% recycled cotton, this T-shirt is a stylish declaration of the Museum’s enduring place in Harlem and beyond. 

100% recycled cotton 
 99.5% biodegradable, unisex, responsibly manufactured in South Los Angeles
Care Instructions: 
Machine wash cold with like colors, do not bleach, tumble dry medium, inside out, and avoid drying in the sun as garment dye is sensitive to UV light and can fade with prolonged exposure