'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Benny Andrews, Kevin Beasley, McArthur Binion, Beverly Buchanan, Henry Ray Clark, Courtesy the Artists, Thornton Dial, Minnie Evans, Theaster Gates, Deborah Grant, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Bessie Harvey, David Hammons, Lonnie Holley, Frank Albert Jones, Lauren Kelley, Ralph Lemon, Kerry James Marshall, Rodney McMillian, Joe Minter, J.B. Murray, John Outterbridge, Noah Purifoy, Marie “Big Mama” Roseman, Jacolby Satterwhite, Patricia Satterwhite, Rudy Shepherd, Xaviera Simmons, Georgia Speller, Henry Speller, James “Son” Thomas, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems and Geo Wyeth. Curated by Thomas J. Lax.

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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich
Installation view of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Benny Andrews, Heaven, 1967, Oil on canvas, 44 × 50 in. Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York. Art © Estate of Benny Andrews/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Benny Andrews, Heaven, 1967, Oil on canvas, 44 × 50 in. Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York. Art © Estate of Benny Andrews/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for McArthur Binion, Circuit Landscape: No. II, 1973, Oil stick and Dixon crayon on canvas 42 × 90 in. Private Collection. Courtesy Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN Photo: Joseph Rynkiewicz
McArthur Binion, Circuit Landscape: No. II, 1973, Oil stick and Dixon crayon on canvas 42 × 90 in. Private Collection. Courtesy Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN Photo: Joseph Rynkiewicz


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Beverly Buchanan, #7 House, 2010, Wood and glue, 12 3⁄4 × 17 × 10 in. Collection of Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich
Beverly Buchanan, #7 House, 2010, Wood and glue, 12 3⁄4 × 17 × 10 in. Collection of Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Beverly Buchanan, Mail Box House, 2011, Wood and glue, 18 1/4 × 21 1/8 × 13 1/4 in. Collection Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich
Beverly Buchanan, Mail Box House, 2011, Wood and glue, 18 1/4 × 21 1/8 × 13 1/4 in. Collection Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Beverly Buchanan, Modern House, 2011, Wood, copper, steel and glue, 16 × 151/2 × 111⁄2in. Collection Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich
Beverly Buchanan, Modern House, 2011, Wood, copper, steel and glue, 16 × 151/2 × 111⁄2in. Collection Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Beverly Buchanan, Narrow Doors, 2009, Wood and glue, 8 × 17 3⁄4 × 10 1⁄4 in. Collection of Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich
Beverly Buchanan, Narrow Doors, 2009, Wood and glue, 8 × 17 3⁄4 × 10 1⁄4 in. Collection of Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Beverly Buchanan, Tribute to Juanita, 2011, Wood and glue, 17 3/8 × 18 5/8 × 11 1⁄2 in. Collection Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich
Beverly Buchanan, Tribute to Juanita, 2011, Wood and glue, 17 3/8 × 18 5/8 × 11 1⁄2 in. Collection Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Beverly Buchanan, Two Chairs, 2009, Wood and glue, 11 1⁄2 × 19 3/8 × 9 3⁄4 in. Collection of Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich
Beverly Buchanan, Two Chairs, 2009, Wood and glue, 11 1⁄2 × 19 3/8 × 9 3⁄4 in. Collection of Jane Bridges. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Henry Ray Clark, On Our Planet Name Yahoo We Are Called Destiny Childs We Sing and Dance to We do Know One Thing For Sure We Will Never Separate Are Be Apart, 2003, Ink and marker on manila envelope, 13 1⁄2 × 20 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jack Massing
Henry Ray Clark, On Our Planet Name Yahoo We Are Called Destiny Childs We Sing and Dance to We do Know One Thing For Sure We Will Never Separate Are Be Apart, 2003, Ink and marker on manila envelope, 13 1⁄2 × 20 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jack Massing


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Henry Ray Clark, On My Planet My Name Is everything, What You See is Not All you get. I can Satisfied Any Man or Woman Sexual Desire.No Matter What They Are. Would’nt you Like to Be Me, 2005, Black ink on manila envelope, 13 1⁄2 × 20 in. Courtesy Jack Massing
Henry Ray Clark, On My Planet My Name Is everything, What You See is Not All you get. I can Satisfied Any Man or Woman Sexual Desire.No Matter What They Are. Would’nt you Like to Be Me, 2005, Black ink on manila envelope, 13 1⁄2 × 20 in. Courtesy Jack Massing


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Henry Ray Clark, The Eyes of the Universe, 2005, Ink and marker on manila envelope, 13 1⁄2 × 20 in. Courtesy Jack Massing
Henry Ray Clark, The Eyes of the Universe, 2005, Ink and marker on manila envelope, 13 1⁄2 × 20 in. Courtesy Jack Massing


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Henry Ray Clark, I am Four Eyes From the Planet Known as Four Stars, c. 1985-95, Various colored ink on manila envelope, 12 × 15 in. Courtesy Jack Massing
Henry Ray Clark, I am Four Eyes From the Planet Known as Four Stars, c. 1985-95, Various colored ink on manila envelope, 12 × 15 in. Courtesy Jack Massing


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Thornton Dial, Old Documents, 2013, Cardboard, paper, fabric, enamel spray paint, finish, oil-based enamel, oil stick and oil paint on canvas. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Adam Reich
Thornton Dial, Old Documents, 2013, Cardboard, paper, fabric, enamel spray paint, finish, oil-based enamel, oil stick and oil paint on canvas. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Thornton Dial, A Woman and A Man—Two Souls Set Free, 2001, Pencil and graphite on paper, 30 × 22 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Thornton Dial, A Woman and A Man—Two Souls Set Free, 2001, Pencil and graphite on paper, 30 × 22 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Thornton Dial, When I Lay My Burdens Down, 2001, Pencil and graphite on paper, 30 × 22 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Thornton Dial, When I Lay My Burdens Down, 2001, Pencil and graphite on paper, 30 × 22 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Minnie Evans, Untitled, c. 1940, Graphite and crayon on paper, 7 1⁄4 × 5 in. Courtesy Luise Ross Gallery, New York
Minnie Evans, Untitled, c. 1940, Graphite and crayon on paper, 7 1⁄4 × 5 in. Courtesy Luise Ross Gallery, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Minnie Evans, Untitled, 1944, Oil, crayon, ink, pencil on paper, 11 1⁄2 × 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Luise Ross Gallery, New York
Minnie Evans, Untitled, 1944, Oil, crayon, ink, pencil on paper, 11 1⁄2 × 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Luise Ross Gallery, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Minnie Evans, Untitled, 1945, Ink, tempera on U.S. Coast Guard paper, 9 1⁄2 × 7 in. Courtesy Luise Ross Gallery, New York
Minnie Evans, Untitled, 1945, Ink, tempera on U.S. Coast Guard paper, 9 1⁄2 × 7 in. Courtesy Luise Ross Gallery, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Theaster Gates, Billy Sings Amazing Grace (video still), 2013–14, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:13:00. Courtesy the artist
Theaster Gates, Billy Sings Amazing Grace (video still), 2013–14, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:13:00. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Theaster Gates, Billy Sings Amazing Grace (video still), 2013–14, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:13:00. Courtesy the artist
Theaster Gates, Billy Sings Amazing Grace (video still), 2013–14, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:13:00. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Theaster Gates, Billy Sings Amazing Grace (video still), 2013–14, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:13:00. Courtesy the artist
Theaster Gates, Billy Sings Amazing Grace (video still), 2013–14, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:13:00. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Theaster Gates, Billy Sings Amazing Grace (video still), 2013–14, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:13:00. Courtesy the artist
Theaster Gates, Billy Sings Amazing Grace (video still), 2013–14, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:13:00. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Deborah Grant, The Birth of a Genius in the Midnight Sun, 2012, Watercolor paper, photo paper, cardboard, brown paper, wood, canvas, linen, ink, oil and acrylic on birch panels, 24 panels; 24 × 18 in. each. Courtesy the artist and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
Deborah Grant, The Birth of a Genius in the Midnight Sun, 2012, Watercolor paper, photo paper, cardboard, brown paper, wood, canvas, linen, ink, oil and acrylic on birch panels, 24 panels; 24 × 18 in. each. Courtesy the artist and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Deborah Grant, The Birth of a Genius in the Midnight Sun (detail), 2012, Watercolor paper, photo paper, cardboard, brown paper, wood, canvas, linen, ink, oil and acrylic on birch panels 24 panels; 24 × 18 in. each. Courtesy the artist and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
Deborah Grant, The Birth of a Genius in the Midnight Sun (detail), 2012, Watercolor paper, photo paper, cardboard, brown paper, wood, canvas, linen, ink, oil and acrylic on birch panels 24 panels; 24 × 18 in. each. Courtesy the artist and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Deborah Grant, The Birth of a Genius in the Midnight Sun (detail), 2012, Watercolor paper, photo paper, cardboard, brown paper, wood, canvas, linen, ink, oil and acrylic on birch panels 24 panels; 24 × 18 in. each. Courtesy the artist and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
Deborah Grant, The Birth of a Genius in the Midnight Sun (detail), 2012, Watercolor paper, photo paper, cardboard, brown paper, wood, canvas, linen, ink, oil and acrylic on birch panels 24 panels; 24 × 18 in. each. Courtesy the artist and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Deborah Grant, The Birth of a Genius in the Midnight Sun (detail), 2012, Watercolor paper, photo paper, cardboard, brown paper, wood, canvas, linen, ink, oil and acrylic on birch panels 24 panels; 24 × 18 in. each. Courtesy the artist and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
Deborah Grant, The Birth of a Genius in the Midnight Sun (detail), 2012, Watercolor paper, photo paper, cardboard, brown paper, wood, canvas, linen, ink, oil and acrylic on birch panels 24 panels; 24 × 18 in. each. Courtesy the artist and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for David Hammons, Untitled (Bottles), 1985, Cigar, dirt, balsa wood, tinfoil and mixed-media figurines in glass bottles, Dimensions variable. Collection of Hudgins Family. Photo: Adam Reich
David Hammons, Untitled (Bottles), 1985, Cigar, dirt, balsa wood, tinfoil and mixed-media figurines in glass bottles, Dimensions variable. Collection of Hudgins Family. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Trenton Doyle Hancock, Vegan Arm, 2006, Urethane, Pepto Bismol, steel, string 84 × 108 × 9 in. Edition 2 of 3. Courtesy James Gray. Photo: Adam Reich
Trenton Doyle Hancock, Vegan Arm, 2006, Urethane, Pepto Bismol, steel, string 84 × 108 × 9 in. Edition 2 of 3. Courtesy James Gray. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Bessie Harvey, Black Horse of Revelation, 1985, 54 × 45 × 15 in., Paint on wood with fabric, beads, and miscellany. Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York; gift of Avalie Saperstein in memory of Elyse Saperstein 2004.23.1. Photo: Adam Reich
Bessie Harvey, Black Horse of Revelation, 1985, 54 × 45 × 15 in., Paint on wood with fabric, beads, and miscellany. Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York; gift of Avalie Saperstein in memory of Elyse Saperstein 2004.23.1. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lonnie Holley, Blown Out Black Mama’s Belly, 1994, Rubber inner tube, cloth and wire coat hanger 84 × 22 × 4 in. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, T. Marshall Hahn Collection 1996.40. Photo: Adam Reich
Lonnie Holley, Blown Out Black Mama’s Belly, 1994, Rubber inner tube, cloth and wire coat hanger 84 × 22 × 4 in. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, T. Marshall Hahn Collection 1996.40. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Frank Jones, Devil's Got the Drinking Woman, c. 1965−69, Colored pencil on paper, 25 × 35 3⁄4 in. Courtesy the Blanchard-Hill Collection, New York. Photo: Marc Bernier
Frank Jones, Devil's Got the Drinking Woman, c. 1965−69, Colored pencil on paper, 25 × 35 3⁄4 in. Courtesy the Blanchard-Hill Collection, New York. Photo: Marc Bernier


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Frank Jones, Untitled, c. 1965−69, Colored pencil on paper, 24 × 36 1⁄2 in. Courtesy the Blanchard-Hill Collection, New York. Photo: Marc Bernier
Frank Jones, Untitled, c. 1965−69, Colored pencil on paper, 24 × 36 1⁄2 in. Courtesy the Blanchard-Hill Collection, New York. Photo: Marc Bernier


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lauren Kelley, Unbleached Objects, 2013, Multichannel video installation, color, TRT 00:00:38. Courtesy the artist
Lauren Kelley, Unbleached Objects, 2013, Multichannel video installation, color, TRT 00:00:38. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 14 × 24 in. Courtesy the artist
Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 14 × 24 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 14 × 20 in. Courtesy the artist
Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 14 × 20 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 30 × 24 in. Courtesy the artist
Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 30 × 24 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 24 × 30 in. Courtesy the artist
Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 24 × 30 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 30 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist
Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 30 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 24 × 30 in. Courtesy the artist
Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013–14, Archival pigment print, 24 × 30 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Kerry James Marshall, Bride of Frankenstein, 2009, Acrylic on PVC, 85 × 61 in. Collection of David Zwirner. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Kerry James Marshall, Bride of Frankenstein, 2009, Acrylic on PVC, 85 × 61 in. Collection of David Zwirner. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Kerry James Marshall Frankenstein, 2009, Acrylic on PVC, 85 × 61 in. Collection of David Zwirner. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Kerry James Marshall Frankenstein, 2009, Acrylic on PVC, 85 × 61 in. Collection of David Zwirner. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling
Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling
Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling
Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling
Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling
Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling
Rodney McMillian, A Song for Nat (video still), 2012, Video, color, sound, TRT 00:06:00. Courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Editor: Fil Rütling


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Joe Minter, Broken Foundation, 1997, Metal, concrete and stones, 41 1⁄2 × 12 × 14 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Joe Minter, Broken Foundation, 1997, Metal, concrete and stones, 41 1⁄2 × 12 × 14 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Joe Minter, Housewife, 1998, Vacuum cleaner heads, amplifier panel, mannequin head and wood base, 80 × 33 × 16 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Joe Minter, Housewife, 1998, Vacuum cleaner heads, amplifier panel, mannequin head and wood base, 80 × 33 × 16 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray
J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray
J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray
J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray
J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray
J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray
J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray
J.B. Murray, Untitled, c. 1978–88, Tempera and ink on paper, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and family of J.B. Murray


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for John Outterbridge, Deja Vu-Do, 1970–92, Mixed media, 67 × 13 1⁄2 × 9 in. Collection of Blake Byrne. Courtesy Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California
John Outterbridge, Deja Vu-Do, 1970–92, Mixed media, 67 × 13 1⁄2 × 9 in. Collection of Blake Byrne. Courtesy Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for John Outterbridge, Untitled, c. 1974–76, Canvas, thread, metal (tin faucet for the head, aluminum for belt), rag cloth, leather, wood, polyester glue, shoe dye and acrylic paint, 26×17×19in. Collection of Dr. Vaughn Payne. Photo: Marc Bernier
John Outterbridge, Untitled, c. 1974–76, Canvas, thread, metal (tin faucet for the head, aluminum for belt), rag cloth, leather, wood, polyester glue, shoe dye and acrylic paint, 26×17×19in. Collection of Dr. Vaughn Payne. Photo: Marc Bernier


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation
Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation
Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation
Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation
Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation
Noah Purifoy, Desert Art Museum, 1989–2004, Digital slides and titles, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the Noah Purifoy Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Marie Roseman, Untitled (Throw), c. late 1960s, Yarn, sequins, thread, fabric, plastic beads, lame, pin cushion on quilt, 50 x 60in. Collection of Donald Roseman. Photo: Adam Reich
Marie Roseman, Untitled (Throw), c. late 1960s, Yarn, sequins, thread, fabric, plastic beads, lame, pin cushion on quilt, 50 x 60in. Collection of Donald Roseman. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Jacolby Satterwhite, Satellites, 2014, Vinyl wallpaper, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Adam Reich
Jacolby Satterwhite, Satellites, 2014, Vinyl wallpaper, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (A Glass Ball), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (A Glass Ball), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (An extra large tray for A body), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (An extra large tray for A body), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (go, went, she’s gone), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (go, went, she’s gone), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (How lovely is me being as I am), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (How lovely is me being as I am), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (Nomerator/Denominator), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (Nomerator/Denominator), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (An Arch Way:), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (An Arch Way:), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untiled (The Mother and Child), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untiled (The Mother and Child), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (Bust), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (Bust), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (The White Pickit Fince), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (The White Pickit Fince), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (Wig Hair), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite
Patricia Satterwhite, Untitled (Wig Hair), c. 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Jacolby and Patricia Satterwhite


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rudy Sheperd, The Superdome, 2011, Acrylic on canvas, 30 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York
Rudy Sheperd, The Superdome, 2011, Acrylic on canvas, 30 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No. 2, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 3 1⁄2 × 4 × 3 1⁄2 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York
Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No. 2, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 3 1⁄2 × 4 × 3 1⁄2 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No.3, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 2 x 2 x 6 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York
Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No.3, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 2 x 2 x 6 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No.4, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 5 1⁄2 x 6 x 5 inches. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York
Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No.4, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 5 1⁄2 x 6 x 5 inches. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No.7, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 4 1⁄2 × 5 × 4 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York
Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No.7, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 4 1⁄2 × 5 × 4 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No.8, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 4 × 6 1⁄4 × 1 1⁄2 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York
Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No.8, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 4 × 6 1⁄4 × 1 1⁄2 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No. 12, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 4 × 4 × 5 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York
Rudy Sheperd, Healing Devices, No. 12, 2012, Glazed ceramic, 4 × 4 × 5 in. Courtesy the artist and Mixed Greens, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Xaviera Simmons, The Favorable Outcome of Every Navigation, 2014, Acrylic on wood 120 × 72 in. Courtesy the artist and David Castillo Gallery
Xaviera Simmons, The Favorable Outcome of Every Navigation, 2014, Acrylic on wood 120 × 72 in. Courtesy the artist and David Castillo Gallery


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Georgia Speller, Dancing People in a Line, 1986, Tempera and pencil on paper, 18 x 24 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Georgia Speller, Dancing People in a Line, 1986, Tempera and pencil on paper, 18 x 24 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Georgia Speller, Music Man in the Country, 1987, Acrylic and pencil on paper, 18 × 24 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp. Photo: Marc Bernier
Georgia Speller, Music Man in the Country, 1987, Acrylic and pencil on paper, 18 × 24 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp. Photo: Marc Bernier


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Georgia Speller, Untitled, 1985, Paint and pencil on paper, 17 3⁄4 × 12 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Georgia Speller, Untitled, 1985, Paint and pencil on paper, 17 3⁄4 × 12 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Georgia Speller, Untitled, 1985, Paint and pencil on paper, 18 7/10 × 23 7/10 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Georgia Speller, Untitled, 1985, Paint and pencil on paper, 18 7/10 × 23 7/10 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Henry Speller, Mermaid, c. mid-1980s, Pencil, crayon and marker on paper 23 × 17 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp. Photo: Marc Bernier
Henry Speller, Mermaid, c. mid-1980s, Pencil, crayon and marker on paper 23 × 17 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp. Photo: Marc Bernier


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Henry Speller, People Around a Plane, 1986, Marker, crayon and pencil on paper, 18 × 24 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Henry Speller, People Around a Plane, 1986, Marker, crayon and pencil on paper, 18 × 24 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Henry Speller, Two Ladies Dressed Up, 1986, Pencil, crayon and marker on paper, 24 × 18 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp. Photo: Marc Bernier
Henry Speller, Two Ladies Dressed Up, 1986, Pencil, crayon and marker on paper, 24 × 18 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp. Photo: Marc Bernier


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Henry Speller, Untitled, 1985, Colored pencil, marker, crayon and pencil on paper, 24 × 18 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Henry Speller, Untitled, 1985, Colored pencil, marker, crayon and pencil on paper, 24 × 18 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Henry Speller, William Henry Roscoe Cummingjoe Is Ready, 1988, Marker on paper, 24 × 18 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Henry Speller, William Henry Roscoe Cummingjoe Is Ready, 1988, Marker on paper, 24 × 18 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for James “Son” Thomas, Black Woman, c. 1986, Unfired clay with artificial hair, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 × 6 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp Photo: Marc Bernier
James “Son” Thomas, Black Woman, c. 1986, Unfired clay with artificial hair, 8 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄2 × 6 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp Photo: Marc Bernier


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for James “Son” Thomas, Skull, 1988, Unfired clay, human teeth, rocks and aluminum foil, 7 x 4 1⁄2 x 7 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
James “Son” Thomas, Skull, 1988, Unfired clay, human teeth, rocks and aluminum foil, 7 x 4 1⁄2 x 7 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for James “Son” Thomas, Untitled, 1987, Unfired clay, artificial hair, sunglasses and glass marbles, 9 × 7 × 7 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
James “Son” Thomas, Untitled, 1987, Unfired clay, artificial hair, sunglasses and glass marbles, 9 × 7 × 7 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for James “Son” Thomas, Untitled, 1987, Unfired clay, artificial hair, sunglasses, wire, aluminum foil, beads, glass marbles and paint, 9 1⁄2 × 8 × 8 3⁄4 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
James “Son” Thomas, Untitled, 1987, Unfired clay, artificial hair, sunglasses, wire, aluminum foil, beads, glass marbles and paint, 9 1⁄2 × 8 × 8 3⁄4 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for James “Son” Thomas, Untitled, 1989, Unfired clay, wig, glass marbles, wire, beads and paint, 10 × 6 × 9 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
James “Son” Thomas, Untitled, 1989, Unfired clay, wig, glass marbles, wire, beads and paint, 10 × 6 × 9 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for James “Son” Thomas, Untitled Self-Portrait, 1987, Unfired clay, artificial hair, glass marbles and paint, 9 × 5 × 8 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
James “Son” Thomas, Untitled Self-Portrait, 1987, Unfired clay, artificial hair, glass marbles and paint, 9 × 5 × 8 in. The William Arnett Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for James “Son” Thomas, George Washington, c. 1986, Unfired clay with artificial hair, 7 1⁄2 × 9 1⁄2 × 7 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp. Photo: Marc Bernier
James “Son” Thomas, George Washington, c. 1986, Unfired clay with artificial hair, 7 1⁄2 × 9 1⁄2 × 7 1⁄2 in. Courtesy Ronald and June Shelp. Photo: Marc Bernier


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Stacy Lynn Waddell, The Secret Life of Plants, 2014, Acrylic, string, fabric trim and gold leaf on burned and branded canvas, 70 x 90 in. Courtesy the artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, California
Stacy Lynn Waddell, The Secret Life of Plants, 2014, Acrylic, string, fabric trim and gold leaf on burned and branded canvas, 70 x 90 in. Courtesy the artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, California


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Kara Walker, 8 Possible Beginnings, or the Creation of African- America; a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker (video still), 2005, Video, black and white, sound, TRT 00:15:57. © 2005 Kara Walker. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Kara Walker, 8 Possible Beginnings, or the Creation of African- America; a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker (video still), 2005, Video, black and white, sound, TRT 00:15:57. © 2005 Kara Walker. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Kara Walker, 8 Possible Beginnings, or the Creation of African- America; a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker (video still), 2005, Video, black and white, sound, TRT 00:15:57. © 2005 Kara Walker. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Kara Walker, 8 Possible Beginnings, or the Creation of African- America; a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker (video still), 2005, Video, black and white, sound, TRT 00:15:57. © 2005 Kara Walker. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Kara Walker, 8 Possible Beginnings, or the Creation of African- America; a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker (video still), 2005, Video, black and white, sound, TRT 00:15:57. © 2005 Kara Walker. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Kara Walker, 8 Possible Beginnings, or the Creation of African- America; a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker (video still), 2005, Video, black and white, sound, TRT 00:15:57. © 2005 Kara Walker. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Kara Walker, 8 Possible Beginnings, or the Creation of African- America; a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker (video still), 2005, Video, black and white, sound, TRT 00:15:57. © 2005 Kara Walker. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Kara Walker, 8 Possible Beginnings, or the Creation of African- America; a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker (video still), 2005, Video, black and white, sound, TRT 00:15:57. © 2005 Kara Walker. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Carrie Mae Weems, Boneyard (detail) (from the “Sea Islands” series), 1992, Three gelatin silver prints, one text panel, 20 × 20 in. each, Edition of 2. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Carrie Mae Weems, Boneyard (detail) (from the “Sea Islands” series), 1992, Three gelatin silver prints, one text panel, 20 × 20 in. each, Edition of 2. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Carrie Mae Weems, Boneyard (from the “Sea Islands” series), 1992, Three gelatin silver prints, one text panel, 20 × 20 in. each, Edition of 2, Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Carrie Mae Weems, Boneyard (from the “Sea Islands” series), 1992, Three gelatin silver prints, one text panel, 20 × 20 in. each, Edition of 2, Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist
Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist
Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist
Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist
Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist
Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist
Geo Wyeth, Quartered (video still), 2014, Digital video, color, sound, TRT 00:30:00. Courtesy the artist