Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, announced today that the institution will break ground on its new building, designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, in 2018. The museum also revealed the first design renderings of the 82,000-square-foot building that will be constructed on the grounds of its current venue at West 125th Street.
“We are thrilled to announce that during our fiftieth anniversary year, we will begin construction on the single biggest initiative the Studio Museum has ever undertaken, making David Adjaye’s brilliant design a reality,” Golden said. “We look back with pride on our legacy, so much of which has been built within the space that Max Bond renovated for us. We look forward to constructing a building that provides unprecedented resources for our work and creates a superb new cultural landmark for Harlem and the entire City of New York.”
The museum has already raised 70 percent of its capital campaign goal of $175 million with the city of New York committing $53.8 million towards the new building, which will boast approximately 115 percent more space for exhibitions and other programming. The new structure will have five floors at street level and above as well as a lower level (for lectures, screenings, performances, and educational activities), a welcome center, and a café, among other public amenities. It will also include a roof terrace spanning the entire building and dedicated spaces for its signature artist-in-residence program.
Commenting on the project, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “For nearly fifty years, the Studio Museum has been a trailblazer in the cultural conversation, fostered the careers of emerging artists of African descent, and served as an anchor in Harlem. We are excited about the unique potential that the museum’s new home brings with it. As they embark on creating a one-of-a-kind space to serve as a platform for the creative work of the artists from around the world, the Studio Museum is poised to have an even greater impact on the Harlem community, the City of New York, and the global cultural conversation.”