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The Studio

This space is used for the Museum’s public programming where visitors participate in courageous conversations and hands-on workshops with people from a diverse range of backgrounds including artists, educators, and each other. In addition, The Studio has drop-in hours where visitors of all ages can participate in self-directed art-making projects. The scale of The Studio allows for intimate and focused experiences catalyzed by the artists’ work and ideas present in the exhibitions.

The Studio is currently dedicated for visitors to view videos of work created by artists including performance, sound, conversation, and process.

The Studio is currently closed for art-making and public programs due to COVID-19. The space has been transformed into a temporary video screening room.

Rudy Shepherd: Induction Ceremony

Projection of performance video on wall with black bench in front.

Video of Rudy Shepherd's "Induction Ceremony" performance on view in The Studio.

Rudy Shepherd performed Induction Ceremony on October 9, 2016 in Harlem's Jackie Robinson Park as part of The Studio Museum’s InHarlem series.

The video documentation shows Shepherd as The Healer, a numinous being inspired by Sun Ra, composer, musician, poet, and pioneer of Afrofuturism. The Healer interacts with a monumental public artwork by Shepherd, Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber, 2016, to an improvised score played by an experimental music collective. Shepherd’s performance signifies a spiritual healing, where destructive forces like racism, exclusion, and trauma are purged through empathy and positive energy.

Musicians include Christof Knoche on bass clarinet, Elia Einhorn on keys, Brian Alfred on guitar, and Ethan Meyer on drums. Video was shot by Liz Gwinn.

This performance video accompanies the current exhibition Rudy Shepherd: Somebody’s Child, a selection of watercolors chosen from Shepherd’s ongoing Portrait series depicting victims of police violence.


Generous support for Education and Public programs is provided by The Leir Foundation; Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; Institute of Museum and Library Services; National Endowment for the Arts; Ridgefield Thrift Shop; The Gage Fund; New England Foundation for the Arts; Connecticut Humanities; and Fairfield County Bank.

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