Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem
The works featured in Black Refractions, including those by Norman Lewis, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Faith Ringgold, Lorna Simpson, and Nari Ward, are drawn from the renowned collection of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
An essay by Connie H. Choi and entries by Taylor Aldridge, Eliza A. Butler, Daniela Fifi, Larry Ossei Mensah, Akili Tommasino, and other luminaries contextualize the works and provide detailed commentary. A dialogue between Thelma Golden, Connie H. Choi, and Kellie Jones draws out themes and challenges in collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent. More than a document of a particular institution's trailblazing path, or catalytic role in the development of American appreciation for works by Black artists, this volume is a compendium of a vital art tradition.