Slow Looking at Home: On Ming Smith

Ming Smith Oopdeedoo, Brooklyn, from the “Coney Island” series, 1976. Courtesy the artist 

May 17, 2023


Dance and movement psychotherapist Jennifer Sterling leads this Slow Looking session with MoMA and The Studio Museum in Harlem.  

This program is one in a series in support of Projects: Ming Smith that seeks to expand the discourse on Smith’s practice beyond existing art historical, curatorial, and cultural theory frameworks. In focusing on “the blur,” that which is just beyond the grasp of our touch and eyes, that opacity, privacy, and fugitivity characteristic of blackness, we hope to reframe how we sense and perceive image and movement as captured through Smith’s photographic lens.  

In Slow Looking, explore a single artwork from the exhibition Projects: Ming Smith through a series of guided activities, including close looking, writing, and drawing. The intention is to offer a welcoming, calm space for individuals to experience and respond to art together. This session is part of MoMA’s initiative Artful Practices for Well-Being, which offers ideas for connectedness and healing through art. 

This program is a collaboration between MoMA and The Studio Museum in Harlem. 

Facilitator Bio

Jennifer Sterling is an author, registered dance and movement psychotherapist, and the creator of Bodyful Healing—an initiative that offers support and resources to Black women living with depression. Having witnessed and experienced the effects of oppressive systems on Black women, Sterling focuses on reducing the stigma around mental illness within Black communities and educating others about the adverse effects of oppression on Black women’s bodies. Learn more about Bodyful Healing



There will be verbal descriptions for all images. A PDF of the presentation is available in advance upon request. Live CART captioning will be available. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available for public programs upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. We will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made with less than two weeks’ notice. Please contact to make a request for these accommodations.  

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Learning and Engagement programs are supported by the Thompson Foundation Education Fund; Van Cleef & Arpels; William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; Con Edison; Harlem Community Development Corporation; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Sony Music Group; and Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.