Creative Reuse: From the Studio Museum to our classrooms

"Hey, there's a great Bearden show at the Studio Museum in Harlem...and you're pregnant!" Detail of "The Block" (1971) by Romare Bearden. Cut and pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, graphite, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and ink on Masonite panels. On view through January 2, 2012 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Bearden Project opened at The Studio Museum in Harlem today. It is a must see, especially if you’re interested in creative reuse. The exhibition is the third Bearden-related show featured on this blog and one of many which celebrate the centennial of the artist’s birth, September 2, 2011.

Detail of "The Woman at the Window" (2011) by Kerry James Marshall

Unlike the Met’s exhibition of The Block, 1971, and Rosenfeld Gallery’s COLLAGE, A Centennial Celebration, which focus on Bearden’s tremendous work, the Studio Museum’s show presents new work from one hundred artists (!) inspired, influenced, or informed by the life, work, and legacy of Bearden, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The Woman at the Window, 2011, (above) by Kerry James Marshall, reminds me a lot of the women in windows on Bearden’s Block.  Its bling also reminds me of the work of Rashaad Newsome whose show you can catch at Marlborough Chelsea.

While it’s no substitute for visiting the museum in person, information on the show, including large images can be found on The Bearden Project website, which was developed in partnership with with “e” and the emerging New York design firm OCD. The site includes a map of tri-state area museums displaying Bearden works in celebration of the centennial.

The Bearden Project will continue to grow at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125 Street, New York, through September 2, 2012.

A student's collage book, created during a group visit at Materials for the Arts

Collage at Materials for the Arts

Bearden was a master of collage and, of course, we are no strangers to collage at Materials for the Arts. The collage book shown above was made with envelopes, scrap paper and fabric, by a student during a group visit program at our warehouse. Teachers can learn how to incorporate collage and other paper arts in their lessons with our P credit course, Paper: From Pulp to Fiction, which starts on Saturday, November 12.

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