Virtual Opening for Black Refractions

Friday, May 21, 2021
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Location
Online

The Board of Trustees and Director/CEO Joseph Rosa invite you to a virtual celebration of the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Please join us to get a first look at the exhibition—presenting close to a century of creative achievements by artists of African descent—with curator Connie H. Choi of The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Frye’s Chief Curator Amanda Donnan. Their conversation will be preceded by a special welcome from Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Pauline Willis, Director and CEO, American Federation of Arts, and Frye Director/CEO Joseph Rosa.

This event will be livestreamed on YouTube.

About the Presenters

Connie H. Choi is Associate Curator, Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she has worked on the exhibitions Regarding the Figure (2017), Fictions, and Their Own Harlems (both 2017–18). Prior to joining the museum in 2017, Choi was the Assistant Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She has a PhD in art history from Columbia University and holds a BA in the history of art from Yale University and an EdM in arts education from Harvard University.

Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she began her career in 1987 before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988. She returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs and was named Director and Chief Curator in 2005. Golden was appointed to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House by President Obama in 2010, and in 2015 joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. Golden was the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. In 2018, Golden was awarded a J. Paul Getty Medal. She has received honorary degrees from Bard College, the City College of New York, Columbia University, and Smith College.

Pauline Willis has been the Director and CEO of the American Federation of Arts (AFA) since 2012. The AFA is a century-old nonprofit organization that develops and tours ground-breaking exhibitions for presentation in museums and communities throughout the United States and the world over. Alongside its diverse array of artistic programming, the AFA also produces scholarly publications and timely online dialogues that elevate each touring project. Previously, Ms. Willis served as the organization’s Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Willis holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York, and in 2019 she attended the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She is a board member of ArtTable, a national organization for professional women in the arts, and a board member of the Art Bridges Foundation. She readily embraces diversity through her exposure to varied cultural environments and extensive travel.

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem is organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem. This exhibition is curated by Connie H. Choi, Associate Curator of the Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem. The presentation at the Frye Art Museum is coordinated by Amanda Donnan, Chief Curator, with David Strand, Associate Curator.

Major support for Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem is provided by Art Bridges. Sponsorship for the national tour provided in part by PURE. Support for the accompanying publication provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Generous support for the installation at the Frye Art Museum is provided by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Hotel Sorrento, the Frye Foundation, and the Board of Trustees: Rhoda Altom, Mike Doherty, Gail Goralski, Jan Hendrickson, James Miles, Jennifer Potter, and Stuart Williams. News media sponsorship is provided by The Seattle Times. Broadcast media sponsorship is provided by KCTS 9.

Barkley L. Hendricks. Lawdy Mama, 1969. Oil and gold leaf on canvas. 53¾ x 36¼ in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman 1983.25. © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist's estate, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and American Federation of Arts.