The Studio Museum of Harlem today announced the online photography exhibit Capturing the Echo: Widening the Walls 2022.

Presenting the works of the sixteen artists of the 2022 cohort of the Museum’s annual program, Extending the Walls: Connecting Photography, History and Community. This year’s online edition of the exhibition marks the programme’s twenty-second anniversary.

The exhibition will be accessible on from August 1, 2022.

Founded in 2001, Enlarge the walls brings together a cohort of New York-based teenage artists to develop their own language as visual storytellers.

Over the course of eight months, participants engage with photographs from the Museum’s collection, including Gordon Parks, Jamel Shabazz, Ming Smith and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. Participants are further guided through an in-depth exploration of the work of Harlem photographer James Van Der Zee, whose extensive archive has been a constant touchstone for intergenerational dialogue and formal exploration in Enlarge the walls.

Through workshops, gallery tours and discussions led by contemporary artists and museum educators, participants reflect on the past and, equipped with a newly developed set of skills, cultivate new possibilities for themselves and their work.

Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, said:Enlarge the walls has become over the years one of the Studio Museum’s signature programs: a fusion of academic exploration and artistic practice that constantly opens up new avenues for its participants and produces exhibitions eagerly awaited by a growing audience. The sixteen young artists in this year’s cohort, working as New York emerges from the pandemic, engaged with both their personal experiences and a rapidly changing world. We are proud to share the remarkable work they have done.

Shanta Lawson, Director of Education, said: “The photographs Capturing the Echo: Widening the Walls 2022 reflect participants’ thoughtful and creative exploration of how the changes that have occurred during the pandemic resonate with their daily experiences and inform their vision for the future. Young artists have embraced the space of this program to build community, process their realities, and learn to use the camera as a tool for creative expression, creating work that oscillates between calm and melancholy black and white imagery. and emerging colors. of spring. With this show, Enlarge the walls the artists offered a captivating vision of the world as they see it.

For more than two decades, Enlarge the walls has encouraged participants to explore and define their artistic practices while building community through workshops, gallery visits, intensive darkroom training, and discussions led by contemporary artists.

The program continues to be a source and site for the development of critical and creative skills through photography and the artistic process.

Capturing the Echo: Widening the Walls 2022 is organized by Starasea Camara, Curatorial Fellow, Permanent Collection; Zainab Floyd, curatorial member Rauschenberg; and Simon Ghebreyesus, curator, exhibitions; with Gi (Ginny) Huo, former Head of Youth Programs; and the 2022 Enlarge the walls attendees.

Wall expansion support

Enlarge the walls and youth programs are made possible through support from the Keith Haring Foundation Education Fund; joy of giving something; conscious children; New York State Arts Council; Colgate-Palmolive; Hearst Endowment Fund; and by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Trust. The Studio Museum’s educational programs are supported by the Thompson Foundation Education Fund; Llewellyn Family Foundation; Van Cleef & Arpels; William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; Gray foundation; Against Edison; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Sony Music Group; and the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts.

Support for digital programming was provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s Frankenthaler Digital Initiative. Additional support is generously provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Studio Museum of Harlem is deeply grateful for Donna Van Der Zee’s continued support of Enlarge the walls.

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Founded in 1968 by a diverse group of artists, community activists and philanthropists, the Studio Museum in Harlem is internationally known for its catalytic role in promoting the work of artists of African descent.

The Studio Museum is preparing to build a new home, designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, at its longtime location on Manhattan’s West 125th Street. The building – the first created expressly for the institution’s program – will allow the Studio Museum to better serve a growing and diverse audience, provide additional educational opportunities for people of all ages, expand its exhibition program by world-renowned, to effectively exhibit its singular collection, and to strengthen its pioneering position Artist in residence program.

Although currently closed for construction, the Studio Museum is working to deepen its roots in its neighborhood through inHarlema dynamic set of collaborative initiatives.

The museum’s groundbreaking exhibits, thought-provoking conversations, and engaging art-making workshops continue at various partner and satellite sites in Harlem and online at

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Photo credit: Omar Lashin, End to End, 2022.

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