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On July 18, Youth Insights visited the Studio Museum in Harlem to meet with participants in the Expanding the Walls (ETW) teen art program. The Studio Museum collects and shows works by artists of African descent or art that is influenced by black culture. The teens in ETW gave us a tour of the Studio Museum’s newest exhibition, Body Language, which explores the different uses of body language in art to communicate feelings without words. We got to see ETW’s own exhibition, No Filter, which was a collection of the teens’ photographs inspired by James Van Der Zee’s artwork, hanging nearby.
YI teens were blindfolded and had the ETW photographs described to them verbally. We then had to give a description of what we thought the ETW teens’ images looked like. We also learned about the meanings behind some of the photographs and how they were connected to Van Der Zee’s art. This day was one of my favorites, because we got to learn about what other teen museum programs do. I was not familiar with the Studio Museum in Harlem, so it was interesting to learn about the Museum and the Expanding the Walls program.
By Jitan, Youth Insights Summer participant