One of the first things I did when I went to NYC last summer was head to West 125th Street to the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The museum is a contemporary art gallery focusing on African-American works. It offers an artist-in-residence program too, so it not only reflects and showcases art in the community (and for the community) but it gives artists a space to practice their craft.
In addition to an impressive permanent collection, there is a constant rotation of exhibits. Here’s what I saw.
Robert Pruitt’s exhibit Women featured a collection of large-scale conté-on-butcher-paper drawings of women. There are pop culture and political themes in the work, which feature models of women in Pruitt’s life. They’re embellished with gold leaf.
I saw a high school photography exhibit featuring wonderful snippets of student life, from family and home scenarios to perspectives on high fashion. Here are just a couple of the 30 or so images from the collection.
I enjoyed Jennifer Packer’s work, which was varied in theme but related in its textures and painterly-ness.
Cullen Washington Jr.’s Untitled (Mondrian #6) echoes the geometric aspects of Piet Mondrian, only Washington’s are created entirely with found materials.
Another geometric piece was nearby, this one by Steffani Jemison.
Shooting without a flash indoors is limiting, but I did capture a few other pieces, including these from the Body Language exhibit.
The Studio Museum is a gem and I highly recommend visiting if you’re ever uptown.
When I was a kid, my mom would dress me in outfits that matched hers. I was her Mini Me. Well, I’ve since developed my own sense of style and prefer a unique look, but we do still like some of the same things. So when my aunt sent us a care package all the way from Germany, you can imagine my mom’s delight when she saw two matching tops.
Tops: Clockhouse via gifted
Shoes: Target and Old Navy
Cuffs: Wrecords by Monkey
My mom brought the tops to New York and we had an impromptu photo shoot. Thanks to my Tante Marion for the pretty tops! She always manages to find things that I really like!
I paired my top with dark denim Bermuda shorts. They were perfect for my trip and went with the flats and wedges I’d packed.
My mom wore her top with lighter denim capris. We both have on metallic ballet flats. Hers are pewter; mine are gold.
We even have coordinating cuffs. When we were at the Brooklyn flea market, we met a local designer who was selling bracelets made from upcycled records. My mom’s has a peach-colored NYC skyline on hers. I went a little grittier and chose one with pigeons, rats, coffee cups and trash bags. I like to keep it real!
After the shoot, I changed into a different outfit. Don’t get me wrong–I love the top, with its Grecian styling. I just don’t want to match anyone else! We went to Harlem Tavern and treated our photographer (aka my dad) to a delicious peach hefewiesen and sweet potato fries.
Do you prefer a unique look or do you sometimes coordinate with a sister, spouse or friend?
I’ve joined Style Elixir for a group link-up. See what everyone else is wearing!