Oct 23, 2021
How does clothing inform our perception of our private selves and our public presentations? How is meaning conveyed through fashion? Join co-facilitators danilo machado and Rikki Byrd and special guest Antoine Gregory, founder of Black Fashion Fair, as we consider different modes of (self)-fashion(ing) as it intersects with race and community. Entry points of this first salon will include family photographs, the hoodie, and Harlem as a center of Black fashion.
Inspired by the sculptural practice of Thomas J Price and in support of his exhibition: Thomas J Price: Witness taking place in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, Studio Salon: Conversations in the Commons will offer participants an opportunity to examine key themes and ideas addressed in Price’s practice through literary texts and works of art. Salon topics will include fashion, surveillance, monuments and public space, and portraiture and Black masculinity. For every session, we’ll unpack key texts through conversation and creative prompts, as well as supplementary materials for further explorations.
Pulling from Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and the exhibition’s curatorial vision, we aim “to (re-)define and (re-)imagine “the commons” as perceived within a UK context by examining questions of black diaspora, public and private space, monument, participation, history and power.”
This program seeks to provide opportunities to contemplate complex and abstract themes and to commune with new and existing peers.
Live CART Captioning and ASL interpreter will be provided.
|Devan Shimoyama, Untitled (For Trayvon), 2020||Jason Reynolds, “Match” (2020)|
|Essex Hemphill, “HOMOCIDE: For Ronald Gibson”||Article: Fashion and Race, “The Hoodie as Sign, Screen, Expectation, and Force”|
|Carol Tulloch, “‘We Also Should Walk In The Newness of Life’: Individualized Harlem Style of The 1930s,” The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora.||Article: “Tragedy Gives The Hoodie A Whole New Meaning” (2012)|
|Book: Tanisha C. Ford, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (2017)|
|Theophilio “Family Portrait Series” T-shirts, Vogue||Studio Museum Harlem Postcards Archives|
|James Van Der Zee collection at the Studio Museum|
Born in Medellín, Colombia, danilo machado is a poet, curator, and critic living on occupied land interested in language’s potential for revealing tenderness, erasure, and relationships to power. An
Rikki Byrd is a writer, educator, and curator, with research interests in Black studies, performance studies, fashion studies, and art history. Her research has been published in several academic
Antoine Gregory is a fashion consultant and editorial stylist based in New York. He is a graduate from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a background in fashion and art history. His
Studio Salon explores the dynamic intersections of literature and contemporary art through artist talks, book launches and writing workshops.
The Studio Museum in Harlem digital programs are supported by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s Frankenthaler Digital Initiative. Thomas J. Price: Witness is made possible thanks to the Open Society Foundations. Support for inHarlem provided by Citi and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is generously provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Council.