Bust Wide Open

"Live with your head in the lion's mouth. I want you to overcome 'em with yeses, undermine 'em with grins, agree 'em to death and destruction, let 'em swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open" - Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man.

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 Studio Museum Harlem  “When I captured this image on 125th Street, I was interested in how this incidental arrangement could represent both a problematic commodification of activism and an urgent need for resistance. The Black Lives Matter merchandise hanging on a faceless black mannequin also evokes Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, which, in both location and metaphor, navigates many of the same challenges black Americans face today: lives of simultaneous hyper-visibility and invisibility.” - Phoebe Collings-James  Harlem Postcards is an ongoing project that invites contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds to reflect on Harlem as a site of cultural activity, political vitality, visual stimuli, artistic contemplation and creative production. Representing intimate and dynamic perspectives of Harlem, the images reflect the idiosyncratic visions of contemporary artists from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Each photograph has been reproduced as a limited edition postcard available free to visitors.  This season, we are pleased to feature postcard images by American Artist, Phoebe Collings-James, Azikiwe Mohammed and Mary Simpson.      https://www.studiomuseum.org/exhibition/harlem-postcards-spring-2017-american-artist-phoebe-collings-james-azikiwe-mohammed-mary-

Studio Museum Harlem

“When I captured this image on 125th Street, I was interested in how this incidental arrangement could represent both a problematic commodification of activism and an urgent need for resistance. The Black Lives Matter merchandise hanging on a faceless black mannequin also evokes Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, which, in both location and metaphor, navigates many of the same challenges black Americans face today: lives of simultaneous hyper-visibility and invisibility.” - Phoebe Collings-James

Harlem Postcards is an ongoing project that invites contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds to reflect on Harlem as a site of cultural activity, political vitality, visual stimuli, artistic contemplation and creative production. Representing intimate and dynamic perspectives of Harlem, the images reflect the idiosyncratic visions of contemporary artists from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Each photograph has been reproduced as a limited edition postcard available free to visitors.

This season, we are pleased to feature postcard images by American Artist, Phoebe Collings-James, Azikiwe Mohammed and Mary Simpson.

 

https://www.studiomuseum.org/exhibition/harlem-postcards-spring-2017-american-artist-phoebe-collings-james-azikiwe-mohammed-mary-