Man Made

Published by
The Studio Museum in Harlem, American, founded 1968
Edited by
Patel, Samir S.
Designed by
Studio Lin, American, founded 2009
Printed by
Cosmos Communications, American, founded 1933
Illustrated by
Readymade Projects, American, founded 1997
Subject of
Burks, Stephen, American, born 1969
Musarurwa, Willard, Zimbabwean
ink on paper, plastic, book cloth
H x W x D: 9 3/8 × 7 3/8 × 1/4 in. (23.8 × 18.7 × 0.6 cm)
Exhibition catalog for Steven Burks' first solo New York museum show, Stephen Burks | Man Made, at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The catalog has a clear plastic cover over the front and back. There is a brown vinyl book cloth over the spine. The front plastic cover has white printed text which reads [Stephen Burks] at the top with larger text for [Man / Made] in the center. [STUDIO / MUSEUM / HARLEM] is printed diagonally in the lower right corner. There is a paper cover visible beneath the plastic with a variety of images and text. There are images of Stephen Burks and Willard Musarurwa and wire furniture pieces from the TaTu design collaboration. The top center has an image of a bearded, unidentified man. Black text on the left reads [N / E / A]. The bottom has neon pink printed text identifying the TaTu Furniture and Accessories Collection. The catalog is signed in the lower right by Stephen Burks.
The back cover has a paper back under the clear plastic cover. Some of the text on the front cover is on the back, as though the plastic was resting on top of another copy of the catalog and the text partially transferred. The paper cover has printed text in neon pink. [ESSAY] is printed in the center using a series of dots. There is a graphic of an artistic furniture piece titled “Material Composition 3 (Crown)” in the lower right. In the lower left corner is [Transformations / through Design: / Engaging / the Hand-Made / Keith Recker].
The catalog includes a biography of Stephen Burks. The book has five (5) sections: Collage, Sketch, Text, Image, Essay, each with different paper stock and a variety of colors. The section heading is printed in the center of each page using a series of dots. Each section has sixteen (16) pages. The text and essays in the book were written by Naomi Beckwith, Studio Museum associate curator; Thelma Golden, Studio Museum director and chief curator; Lowery Stokes Sims, Museum of Arts and Design curator; and Keith Recker, founder and editor of HAND/EYE Magazine.
Place depicted
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, Africa
Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
United States, North and Central America
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
African diaspora
Graphic design
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Michelle Joan Wilkinson
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© 2011 The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Permission required for use.
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