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The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem. Americasroof/Wikimedia

The Studio Museum in Harlem takes its name from its unique Artist-in-Residence's program—since its inception in 1968 the museum's mission has been to support emerging artists in addition to collecting existing works. Over a hundred artists of African or Latino descent have been a part of the Artist-in-Residence program including Kerry James Marshall and David Hammons. Originally located in a rented loft, the museum was given a permanent building at 144 West 125th Street by the New York Bank for Savings and has since expanded into an adjacent lot. The museum has an extensive collection featuring work from artists such as painter Romare Bearden, photographer Lorna Simpson, and installation artist Kara Walker. It is also home to a large archive of work by photographer James Van Der Zee.

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