Kaitlyn Greenidge (left; photo by Syreeta McFadden) and Thelma Golden (right; photo courtesy the Studio Museum in Harlem)

Kaitlyn Greenidge (left; photo by Syreeta McFadden) and Thelma Golden (right; photo courtesy The Studio Museum in Harlem)

It’s impossible to overstate the influence that reading books can exert on our psyches, and this is precisely the subject of “Notes from the Reading Life,” an event series presented by the New York Public Library and the National Book Foundation. Pairing notable New Yorkers with celebrated authors at neighborhood NYPL branches, the series shifts uptown on Friday, where The Studio Museum in Harlem director Thelma Golden will chat with author Kaitlyn Greenidge.

If you want to know how Golden’s reading has impacted her career thus far or how it may help shape programming at the Studio Museum’s forthcoming new building, this is your chance. Indeed, the revered curator has often discussed the many forces beyond art that influence her approach to leading an art museum.

“Here in Harlem, when I am invited into the educational and social service community of this neighborhood,” Golden told the Brooklyn Rail last year, “I’m not being invited there to talk about art — I’m being invited there to understand what the needs are of the community I work in, what the goals are, what the aspirations are, and then I’m being asked to find some purpose within that as a museum director. And that informs my work deeply.”

When: Friday, June 1, 6:30pm
Where: Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library (203 West 115th Street, Harlem, Manhattan)

More info at the New York Public Library.

Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His articles on public art, artist documentaries, the tedium of art fairs, James Franco's obsession with Cindy...