Construction is currently underway for the Studio Museum in Harlem's new home on West 125th Street. Designed expressly for the institution, the new building will allow the museum to better serve its growing audiences. Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden will discuss the history of the Studio Museum, spanning from its founding in 1968 to the present day, and its catalytic role in promoting artists of African descent. She will showcase ideas about how art can influence and advance meaningful cultural change as well as the necessity for museums to serve as a bridge between artists and a diverse public.
Established in 1994, the Paul Mellon Lecture series was named in honor of Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the philanthropist, collector of British art, and founder of both the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London. Co-organized by the two institutions, these biennial lectures have traditionally been given by a specialist in British art, first at the National Gallery, London, and again at the Center.