The Studio Museum in Harlem has announced the creation of The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fund. Made possible by a three-year, $1,000,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Curatorial Fund will support the Museum’s landmark curatorial program. Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden says, “This grant represents an exciting new chapter at the Museum, a profound investment that will stoke the framework of our entire institutional structure.
The Fund’s vital support will advance research, scholarship and publications, the three programmatic branches that form the core of the Museum’s activities. By investing in the essence of our mission—exhibiting, documenting and facilitating dialogue about art by artists of African descent, the Mellon Curatorial Fund will enrich our programming and help us better serve our diverse audience base locally, nationally and internationally. We are honored by the Mellon Foundation’s recognition and generosity.”
The establishment of The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fund allows the Studio Museum to look anew at the historic role of its curatorial program, which includes a stellar list of exhibitions—from historical surveys to edgy contemporary shows, large group exhibitions to significant mid-career retrospectives—all of which collectively have supported generations of artists and leading scholars.