The Studio Museum in Harlem announced today that Allison Janae Hamilton, Tschabalala Self, and Sable Elyse Smith will be its 2018 artists-in-residence. Since the institution is planning to close next year in order to break ground on its new home, designed by Adjaye Associates, the artists will work from studios located in a street-level space at 429 West One Hundred and Twenty-Seventh Street.
“Our artist-in-residence program has been at the heart of this institution’s mission since our founding in 1968,” director and chief curator Thelma Golden said. “It is the embodiment of our commitment to supporting emerging artists of African descent, and is at the center of our work to bring artists together with the Harlem community. I am thrilled that Allison, Tschabalala, and Sable—three outstanding artists, each of whom has already developed her own distinctive practice—will be with us during our anniversary year, at the beginning of an exciting transition.”
Former artists in residence include David Hammons, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, and Kehinde Wiley. Works by Hamilton and Smith are currently on view at the museum in the exhibition “Fictions,” which highlights the use of narrative in works by artists of African descent. Self’s work was recently showcased in the Studio Museum show “A Constellation” (2015–16).