At Harlem’s First Children’s Museum, Artworks Strike Up Conversations

‘Txt: art, language, media’ . Photo by Michael Palma.

‘Txt: art, language, media’ Photo by Michael Palma.

By Melissa Stern

In October 2015 the first children’s museum in Harlem opened its doors. The Sugar Hill Museum of Art & Storytelling occupies the first and lower floors of a stunning building, designed by David Adjaye. The building also houses 191,000 square feet of affordable housing and has been praised as a model for mixed income and mixed-use development in New York City.

The museum inaugurated the opening with several exhibitions, each curated with children in mind, but by no means pandering or dumbing down the artistic mission. The most ambitious of the exhibitions is Txt: art, language, media, a mixed-media show exploring the inclusion of text in the work of 12 contemporary artists.  The show has been co-curated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado from El Museo del Barrio and Lauren Kelley, associate director and head of curatorial programs at the museum.


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