Studio Museum in Harlem

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Three Shows on Deconstructing Main Street, Blackness, and the American Landscape

by Olivia B. Murphy
Upon entering at the Studio Museum in Harlem, brisk piano notes float out over the exhibition space followed by an almost euphoric serenade by Erykah Badu. Her voice is emanating from a video near the entrance of the gallery where a T-Rex puppet bops around a stage singing along, mouthing out every trill with his toothy jaw gaping open and shut. On the puppet-sized podium hangs a banner reading “The Neshoba County Fair Assc.—Giant House Party.” Then the loop starts over, and T-Rex/Erykah Badu... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 6/6/16
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