and Partners

Studio Museum in Harlem


The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by Black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.


Purpose: To support the construction of a new building for the museum.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is preparing to construct an ambitious and exciting project to create a new, purpose-built museum on 125th Street. The new Studio Museum will be the first home the institution has ever occupied that will be conceived of and built for its program.

The building will rise on the site of the century-old commercial building adapted for the institution in the early 1980s by the pioneering architect J. Max Bond Jr. It will provide expanded facilities, enriched visitor experience, and strong architectural presence appropriate to a premier center for contemporary artists of African descent, the principal visual art institution in Harlem and a magnet for visitors from around the world.

Designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE and executed by Adjaye Associates and Cooper Robertson, this home will enable the Studio Museum to better serve its growing and diverse audiences, provide additional educational opportunities to museumgoers of all ages, expand its world-renowned exhibitions, and effectively display its singular collection of artwork from the 19th century to the present day.