Exhibition – Their Own Harlems

The Studio Museum in Harlem Presents Their Own Harlems by over Fifteen Artists including Dawoud Bey, Jacob Lawrence, Julie Mehretu, Wardell Milan, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

In honor of the centennial of the birth of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), Their Own Harlems examines the ways in which the urban landscape has influence Lawrence’s artistic practice, as well as that of other artists.

Known primarily for his bodies of work that depict historical figures, Lawrence was also a keen observer of contemporary life, drawing inspiration throughout his career from the years he spent living in Harlem. He thought of Harlem in a broad sense, acknowledging the powerful and positive experiences people of African descent across the country could find in “their own Harlems.”

The works in this exhibition thus consider different aspects of urban life, such as the ritual of moving through the city and the direct observation of scenes on the street, to illustrate how the city has served as a source of inspiration for artists across generations.


Their Own Harlems is organized by Connie H. Choi, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection

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144 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027

July 20, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Museum Hours

Wed 5 pm — 7 pm*

Thu 12 pm — 9 pm

Fri 12 pm — 9 pm

Sat 10 am — 6 pm

Sun 12 pm — 6 pm