Spiral: Perspectives on an African American Art Collective, the core exhibition this summer at The Studio Museum in Harlem, celebrates a group of New York-based artists that formed in response to the March on Washinton for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963.

Founding members Romare Bearden, Charles Alston, Norman Lewis, and Hale Woodruff pushed the collective, which during a short run of just two active years produced a wide variety of work in the tradition of modernist abstraction. The Spiral art collective questioned the connections of art and politics and challenged the notion that aesthetic sensibilities are specific to racial identity. 

The exhibition brings togheter work by 10 of the original 15 members, highlighting for the first time the group's impact on art history as a whole.

Exhibition runs: July 14 to October 23, 2011. 

The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W. 125th Street, New York, New York. 

All installation photographs by Adam Reich. 

Our gallery takes an inside look at the exhibition installation and a close up view of work by Romare Beardon, Charles Alston, Merton D. Simpson, and Hale Woodruff.