The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation Chaim Gross's historic townhouse + sculpture studio in downtown NYC. Open to the public. Admission is $15.
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The Foundation is open for guided House & Studio Tours, which take place on Thursdays at 3 pm and 6 pm, Fridays at 1 pm & Saturdays at 1 pm and 3pm.

Join us this evening for a virtual lecture:‌“Lower East Side Memories” with Hasia Diner, PhD‌Part of our new series “Mem...
04/16/2024

Join us this evening for a virtual lecture:

“Lower East Side Memories” with Hasia Diner, PhD

Part of our new series “Memories of Manhattan: History and Preservation in the LES, Harlem, Greenwich Village, and SoHo”

Tuesday, April 16
6–7 pm EDT on Zoom
Free; Registration required through the link in bio

Organized by the Foundation’s NYU Public Humanities Initiative Pre-Doctoral Fellow Yana Lysenko, this series features both virtual and in-person events that explore four neighborhoods inhabited by Renee and Chaim Gross throughout the 20th century.


About the lecture:

The Lower East Side, the neighborhood where Chaim Gross settled upon his arrival in America, was awash with artistic fervor. The creativity of its residents included the graphic arts, theater, music, dance, and more. The origins of this outburst of energy lay in a variety of circumstances—the political fervor which gripped the neighborhood, the liberation felt by so many immigrants upon coming to America, the generational divide between immigrant parents and their American-born children, and even the great poverty of the neighborhood. As other New Yorkers, Jews and non-Jews alike, defined the neighborhood as a slum, they provided resources for new forms of self-expression, largely to help the process of Americanization. This creativity spread to other places where immigrant Jews had settled, making the Lower East Side the epicenter of American Jewish culture.

Hasia Diner is Professor Emerita, New York University, where she served as the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History. She is the author of over 10 books.


Save the date for upcoming programs in this series:
Tues., April 30 at 6 pm: Virtual
Wed., May 15 at 6 pm: In-person
Tues., May 28 at 6 pm: In-person


Memories of Manhattan is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Lecture TONIGHT :‌Sasha DavisChaim Gross: The Idea and the Block‌Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30pm ET‌‌Join us for tonight’s ...
03/06/2024

Lecture TONIGHT :

Sasha Davis
Chaim Gross: The Idea and the Block

Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30pm ET


Join us for tonight’s lecture either in person at NYSS (8 West 8th Street) or virtually by registering via the link in ‘s bio.


Sasha Davis is Executive Director of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation , the historic home and studio of American sculptor Chaim Gross (1902-91) and his wife Renee (1909-2005).


Join our waitlist for‌𝗔 𝗙𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴-𝗢𝗳𝗳 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲: 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗮 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗽 𝗟𝗼𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗮𝗻 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆‌Tuesday, Nov...
11/21/2023

Join our waitlist for

𝗔 𝗙𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴-𝗢𝗳𝗳 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲: 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗮 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗽 𝗟𝗼𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗮𝗻 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆

Tuesday, November 28
6–8 pm EST
526 LaGuardia Place

Free; RSVP required via events link in bio

Please join us for a book talk with artist photographer Barbara Mensch in conversation with writer Phillip Lopate and journalist Dan Barry. This event celebrates Mensch’s newest photography book 𝘈 𝘍𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨-𝘖𝘧𝘧 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘢𝘯 (Empire State Editions). The collection of images, which Mensch refers to as her “personal visual timeline”, spans four decades and explores the forces that changed the face of Lower Manhattan. With the backdrop of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation’s art-filled salon where great creative minds convened, the blending of visual artists and writers will generate a thought-provoking discussion about the transformation of neighborhoods in the Village and beyond. The book will be available for purchase during the event.


Barbara Mensch is a photographer and artist. She has written multiple books including 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘞𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵: 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵 (1985), 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵 (2009), and 𝘐𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘸 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘶𝘴: 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 (2018).


Phillip Lopate is an essayist, poet, and American film critic. Lopate has written twenty books including 𝘉𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯 (1975) and 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘌𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘺 (1994).


Dan Barry is National Senior Writer for The New York Times. He is known for his NYT columns “This Land” and “About New York.”



Image: Barbara Mensch, 𝘞𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘭𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘉𝘢𝘳, 1981. Photo courtesy of Barbara Mensch.



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10/20/2023

2023 Awards for Excellence Spotlight: The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation - Artists and Immigrants: A Centennial Celebration at Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation

This Project Award recognizes a multi-part project created by the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation to generate discourse on the significant contributions of immigrant artists like Gross and his circle of friends and fellow artists in New York. The series incorporated the stories of individual artists within the Foundation’s collection and related histories of migration by artists during the 20th century.

The awards will be presented at the GHHN Annual Conference Taking Care: Well-being and the Museum Worker on Tuesday, October 24 at Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, New York.

Interested in learning more about the awarded projects? Join us at the Annual Conference and check out the poster sessions. But act fast as today is your last chance to register!

Get your tickets here: tinyurl.com/ghhnconference23.

We are thrilled to be honored by GHHN for our Artists and Immigrants project!
10/20/2023

We are thrilled to be honored by GHHN for our Artists and Immigrants project!

2023 Awards for Excellence Spotlight: The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation - Artists and Immigrants: A Centennial Celebration at Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation

This Project Award recognizes a multi-part project created by the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation to generate discourse on the significant contributions of immigrant artists like Gross and his circle of friends and fellow artists in New York. The series incorporated the stories of individual artists within the Foundation’s collection and related histories of migration by artists during the 20th century.

The awards will be presented at the GHHN Annual Conference Taking Care: Well-being and the Museum Worker on Tuesday, October 24 at Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, New York.

Interested in learning more about the awarded projects? Join us at the Annual Conference and check out the poster sessions. But act fast as today is your last chance to register!

Get your tickets here: tinyurl.com/ghhnconference23.

Join us for the 21st Annual Open House New York Weekend!‌Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 2211 am–5 pm‌Free; no reserv...
10/20/2023

Join us for the 21st Annual Open House New York Weekend!

Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22
11 am–5 pm

Free; no reservations required

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is participating in the 21st Annual Open House New York Weekend. The Foundation will be open for self-guided tours of the first floor gallery and historic studio of Chaim Gross, the second floor temporary exhibition Artists and Immigrants, and the third floor living spaces, which include a salon-style installation of the Grosses' historic collection.


Learn more about OHNY and the 300+ locations participating in all five boroughs


Photo by Elizabeth Felicella


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Join us tomorrow for a free Open House for The Village Trip! We are open Wednesday, September 20 from 4–7 pm.‌The Villag...
09/19/2023

Join us tomorrow for a free Open House for The Village Trip! We are open Wednesday, September 20 from 4–7 pm.

The Village Trip is an annual festival celebrating arts and activism across Greenwich and the East Village. The festival begins September 8 and ends September 24. For more information on The Village Trip, please check out

We will have all three floors open for a self-guided visit during the open house. The first floor showcases work by Chaim Gross in his former studio and the adjacent gallery. The second floor houses a temporary exhibition space. The third floor features a historic, salon-style installation of African, American, European, Pre-Columbian, and decorative arts collected by the Grosses. The second and third floors can be accessed by stairs or elevator.


Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.






Photo by Elizabeth Felicella. Gross’s tools and workbench in the studio.

“Artists and Immigrants”Open HouseWednesday, June 21, 20236–8 pm EDT⠀⠀Free; RSVP suggested via link in bio⠀⠀The exhibit...
06/14/2023

“Artists and Immigrants”
Open House
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
6–8 pm EDT


Free; RSVP suggested via link in bio


The exhibition “Artists and Immigrants” at the closes June 30. You can visit the exhibition by booking a House & Studio Tour or joining us for an open house from 6–8 pm on Wednesday, June 21. The first floor gallery and studio will also be open to the public during the open house.


“Artists and Immigrants” celebrates the centennial of the immigration of Chaim and Renee Gross to the United States and the many immigrant artists who studied, worked, and interacted with them. Based on the shared experience of immigration, Chaim Gross formed lasting relationships with these artists and, in turn, collected their work—the origins of the Foundation’s collection.


Including over 50 artists and 100 works from the Foundation's collection, the exhibition explores several themes: the personal histories of individual artists; thriving communities in neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side; arts education; leisure and travel, including art colonies outside of New York City; the economic hardships and turmoil of the 1930s and 1940s; and the destruction, displacement, and devastation of World War II and the Holocaust.


You can see related virtual programs on the Centennial page, linked in bio.


A catalogue, generously funded by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation of New York, is available for purchase.


The Foundation is grateful for the generous support of (NYSCA) in 2022 and 2023.


Image: Installation view of the exhibition "Artists and Immigrants" at the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.


06/13/2023

We are so grateful for the support from the Preservation League of New York State !

Happy birthday, Chaim Gross!⠀Born March 17, 1902, Gross was a renowned sculptor of wood, stone, and bronze. His legacy c...
03/17/2023

Happy birthday, Chaim Gross!

Born March 17, 1902, Gross was a renowned sculptor of wood, stone, and bronze. His legacy continues through the , an organization created during his lifetime. House & Studio Tours, running Thursday through Saturday or by appointment, explore his biography, work, and extensive art collection in .

This photo shows Gross in his studio in 1965, just two years after he and wife Renee moved to . This space remains open to the public for tours.



Photo: Marvin Bolotsky, Chaim Gross standing on the stairs leading into the sculpture studio, 1965. Black and white photograph from the Archives of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.

Description: a man is posed halfway up a staircase. He is holding onto one of the narrow balusters and his other arm is akimbo. He faces the camera, yet looks away from the photographer. In front of him on the lower level is a lamp. Above and behind him are large bronze and wood sculptures of female figures and birds.


Please join us tomorrow for a book launch and reception to celebrate the publication of Paula J. Birnbaum's book 𝘚𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘱𝘵𝘪...
02/15/2023

Please join us tomorrow for a book launch and reception to celebrate the publication of Paula J. Birnbaum's book 𝘚𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦: 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘖𝘳𝘭𝘰𝘧𝘧 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘦𝘭 𝘈𝘷𝘪𝘷. The event takes place on Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 pm at the Foundation. RSVP is required. Please register by emailing [email protected].


From Brandeis University Press:

𝘚𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 is the first biography of sculptor Chana Orloff (1888–1968), and the first work to include stories from her unpublished memoir. Paula J. Birnbaum weaves a wide range of interviews and archival sources into a compelling narrative, exploring the artist’s early life in Ukraine, her family’s move to Palestine, her years in Paris during two World Wars and thereafter from time to time in Israel. Orloff sought and received strong critical endorsement of her work in France and Israel, however her own sense of home was always in question. Her multiple migrations and forced exiles, combined with her gender and Jewish identities, had a cumulative effect on her life and her art. By examining the impact of exile and living in different countries this book provides a new lens through which to look at artists’ lives and works, especially women and gender-nonconforming artists, who may identify as multinational or placeless. Women artists like Orloff have been overlooked by history and excluded from the canon of modernism within art history. 𝘚𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 brings Orloff to the forefront, tells her story at long last, and shows her historical and artistic significance.


Paula J. Birnbaum is the academic director of the Museum Studies Master of Arts Program and professor of art history and museum studies at the University of San Francisco. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary art. Birnbaum is a former Fulbright Scholar and fellow at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University. She is the author of, among other works, 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘳 𝘍𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦.



Join us for the next lecture in our "Artists and Immigrants Series" with Stephen Mack, who will discuss the life and wor...
12/12/2022

Join us for the next lecture in our "Artists and Immigrants Series" with Stephen Mack, who will discuss the life and work of Willem de Kooning (1904–97).


This free virtual event takes place Wednesday, December 14 at 6 pm EST. Registration is required - link in bio.


Today, Willem de Kooning is recognized as one of the most important and influential painters of his generation. An artist’s artist whose work hangs in museums across the world, it can be easy to forget just how humble his beginnings in the United States were. He arrived in the U.S. at twenty-two years old as a stowaway, not speaking the language, and unaware that there was an interest in fine art in his new home. Focusing on his work, this talk will show how de Kooning’s early experiences in the United States shaped him and his artistic development, and how his hybrid European-American identity marked him and his work as distinct from his contemporaries.


Stephen Mack is Project Manager of the Willem de Kooning Catalogue Raisonné. For over 8 years, he was a researcher on the Revised Catalogue Raisonné of Yves Tanguy’s Paintings, Gouaches, and Objects, then under preparation by The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Stephen received his PhD in art history from Rutgers University in 2020 writing his dissertation about roughness and 𝘯𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘰 in fifteenth-century Italian sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo.


In celebration of the centennial of Chaim Gross's immigration to the United States, the Foundation is focusing our programming on illuminating the stories of artists and immigrants in the collection.



Image:
Willem de Kooning
𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘈𝘵𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘓𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵, 1977
Oil on canvas
80 x 70 inches
Artwork © The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Image description:
Abstract painting with white, cream, blue, magenta, black, mustard, peach, and orange colors. The paint is applied with with heavy brushstrokes of various sizes.



Join us for the next lecture in our "Artists and Immigrants Series" with Professor Emeritus Myroslav Shkandrij who will ...
11/15/2022

Join us for the next lecture in our "Artists and Immigrants Series" with Professor Emeritus Myroslav Shkandrij who will discuss the life of David Burliuk (1882–1967). This free virtual event takes place Wednesday, November 16 at 6 pm EST. Registration is required - link in bio.


Before immigrating to the United States in 1922 at the age of 40, Burliuk was a well-known artist and writer. He was known as the "Father of Russian Futurism", was part of Der Blaue Reiter group, and studied art in various countries. Although his immigration in many ways meant starting over, Burliuk became an influential figure in the United States. His circle included artists like Chaim Gross, Moses and Raphael Soyer, Louis Michel Eilshemius, Nicolai Cikovsky, George Constant, and many more. The Foundation's archive holds substantial correspondence from the Burliuks to the Grosses, showing their long friendship and appreciation of one another.


The talk examines the artist's evolution as he traveled and worked in several countries—most notably Ukraine, Russia, Japan, and the United States. Some features of Burliuk's art remained constant even as he continued to experiment with different styles. This lecture will look at what might have been the deeper sources of his inspiration.


Myroslav Shkandrij is Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba and presently a Visiting Professor at Columbia University. He has published several books on the cultural and political history of Ukraine and Russia, including recent books on the avant-garde and revolutionary upheavals in Ukraine over the last hundred years. He has also curated several art exhibitions.



Image: David Burliuk, 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘉𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘏𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦, 1927, oil on canvas. Collection of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation. Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt.


Image description: Prominently showcased in the center of the painting is a blue and green horse with a face or mask on its side. On the left, behind the rear of the horse, is a figure with two heads and one arm outstretched above the horse.

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is looking for committed individuals to join our team of enthusiastic Volunteer Educa...
11/04/2022

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is looking for committed individuals to join our team of enthusiastic Volunteer Educators. The new cohort of Volunteer Educators will lead House & Studio Tours following training with Foundation staff, outside scholars, and current Volunteer Educators.


Please apply using the Google Form, accessible through the Foundation’s website, by November 18, 2022.


The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation stewards an extensive collection of over 12,000 objects that includes Chaim Gross's sculptures, drawings, and prints; a photography archive; library; and the Grosses' large personal collection of African, American, European, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and decorative arts. The collections are installed as they looked when the Grosses lived in the building.


The Foundation's mission is to further the legacy of Chaim Gross through high-quality research, exhibitions, and educational activities around our historic building and art collections for audiences in New York City and beyond. For more information, please see the link in bio.


Image 1: Sculptor Michael Wolf presents on wood sculpture tools and methods for the first class of Volunteer Educators.

Photo by Brittany Cassandra, 2019.

Image 2: Gallery and studio at the Foundation.

Photo by Elizabeth Felicella, 2018.

Image 3: Volunteer Educators on the Foundation’s third floor, left to right: Daryl, Emma, Madeline, Nancy, Sharon, and Janie.

Photo by Brittany Cassandra, 2019.



Join us for the SoHo Arts Network's Downtown Culture Walk⠀⠀Saturday, Oct. 2912 - 6 pm⠀⠀Free; no reservations required⠀⠀S...
10/26/2022

Join us for the SoHo Arts Network's Downtown Culture Walk


Saturday, Oct. 29
12 - 6 pm


Free; no reservations required


SoHo Arts Network (SAN) is pleased to present its Fall 2022 program: the Downtown Culture Walk, a self-guided walking tour highlighting the non-profit art spaces in SoHo and surrounding neighborhoods. Members of SAN will open their doors for the Downtown Culture Walk, inviting participants to discover and enjoy our creative community. Walkthroughs, open hours, and other programming will be offered throughout the day for free or reduced admission.



Participating SAN members include:

apexart
CIMA – Center for Italian Modern Art
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
Judd Foundation
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation
Soho Photo Gallery
Swiss Institute
The Drawing Center
The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation


More information, including a map of all participating organizations and programming schedule, is available on SAN's website: sohoarts.org


𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢 is the media partner for the Downtown Culture Walk.


About the SoHo Arts Network:

The SoHo Arts Network (SAN) is a working network of non-profit art spaces in and around SoHo. Founded in 2014 by a small group of non-profit arts organizations, the network celebrates the rich history of our unique creative community and collectively shares our distinct cultural contributions with neighborhood residents and visitors. SAN seeks to further growth of the arts through collaborative public programs that explore the neighborhoods’ rich cultural histories.


Please Note: Masks are still required at the Foundation.



Image description: Multicolored infographic with information about the Downtown Culture Walk.


Join us for the 20th Annual Open House New York Weekend:Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 am - 4 pm⠀⠀Free; no re...
10/20/2022

Join us for the 20th Annual Open House New York Weekend:
Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 am - 4 pm


Free; no reservations required


The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is participating in the 20th Annual Open House New York Weekend. All three floors of the Foundation will be available for self-guided tours. These include the first floor gallery and historic studio of Chaim Gross, the second floor temporary exhibition 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 (on view until December 23), and the third floor living spaces, which include a salon-style installation of the Grosses' historic collection.


Please Note: Masks are still required at the Foundation.


Learn more about OHNY and the 250+ locations participating in all five boroughs



Image description: Photograph of the Foundation's third floor living room with OHNY Weekend logo superimposed on bottom right corner. The room has antique furniture and many paintings on the walls behind. There are sculptures on the tables and windowsills.


Join us virtually for tomorrow's lecture with Professor Emeritus David Scrase, who will discuss the life, work, and writ...
10/18/2022

Join us virtually for tomorrow's lecture with Professor Emeritus David Scrase, who will discuss the life, work, and writings of photographer Bernard Gotfryd (1924-2006) as part of our "Artists and Immigrants Series".


In his life before immigration, Bernard Gotfryd became a master of photography. As Poland was engulfed by World War II, with the camps and genocide dominant, Gotfryd was deprived of camera and darkroom for four years. After his immigration to the U.S., where he became a renowned photojournalist for 𝘕𝘦𝘸𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬, he ultimately responded to his mother’s last words as she was deported to her death—write about everything so that the world knew the truth of the Holocaust. In the 1980s, he published his first tales in 𝘔𝘪𝘥𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮 and 𝘕𝘦𝘸𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬. Gotfryd's book 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘳: 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘖𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘛𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘵 was first published in 1990. With no camera during the Holocaust, Gotfryd was unable to record what happened as he went from the house he grew up in, to the ghetto, to a series of camps, until he was liberated in May 1945. But, his experiences remained with him as striking images with clear-cut details. With his “photographer’s eye”, Gotfryd rescued those images, each tale vividly providing a back-drop, scenery, and action of the dramatic events.


This free program takes place on Wed., Oct. 19 at 6 pm EDT. Registration is required through link in bio.


Born in England in 1939, David Scrase made Germany, its language and culture, not least its history, his career. After having bounced around in England, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Austria, he immigrated in 1969 to the United States, where he became Professor of German and the founding Director of the Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont.


Image: Bernard Gotfryd, Chaim Gross sculpts a portrait of artist Karl Knaths in Provincetown, 1965. Archives


Image description: Color photograph of a man sitting for an artist. In the center is a clay bust in progress.


Tomorrow at 12 pm Eastern!
09/27/2022

Tomorrow at 12 pm Eastern!

Next Wednesday!
09/23/2022

Next Wednesday!

Tactile Transmissions is back for fall! Please note that the November 5 in-person event has been moved to November 12.
09/22/2022

Tactile Transmissions is back for fall! Please note that the November 5 in-person event has been moved to November 12.

Tour the historic home, studio, and art collections of renowned sculptor Chaim Gross (1902-91).

Next week, Mimi Gross and Sasha Davis will be speaking about Chaim Gross’s life, work, and legacy with Rachel Stern of t...
09/22/2022

Next week, Mimi Gross and Sasha Davis will be speaking about Chaim Gross’s life, work, and legacy with Rachel Stern of the Fritz Ascher Society! Register using the link below.

   with .repost・・・Chaim Gross (1902-1991) fled Europe as a teenager after experiencing the violence of World War I and t...
08/24/2022

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Chaim Gross (1902-1991) fled Europe as a teenager after experiencing the violence of World War I and the disruption of his artistic training due to anti-Semitic policies. He arrived in New York City in 1921 and quickly found a welcoming environment among fellow artists, many of whom were also immigrants, at the Educational Alliance Art School. Despite difficult beginnings, Gross rose to become one of America’s leading twentieth-century sculptors and a key proponent of the direct carving movement. Although a small number of his works referenced his horrific early experiences and the later murder of family members in the Holocaust, his themes were largely joyful, showing mothers at play or acrobats and dancers.

Register for our FREE ZOOM EVENT "The Enduring Legacy of Chaim Gross (1902-1991)" on September 28 at 12:00pm ET - LINK IN BIO AND HERE: https://fritzaschersociety.org/exhibition-event/chaim-gross/.
This program delves into Gross’s biography, work, and the legacy that the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation continues to preserve for the public benefit. Featuring Mimi Gross, President of the Foundation and daughter of Renee and Chaim Gross (.gross), and Sasha Davis, Executive Director of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation ().

IMAGES: Chaim Gross in the studio at Grand Street, 1975. Unknown Photographer; The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, Chaim Gross’ Studio, undated. Photo Elizabeth Felicella; both © The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

08/24/2022
We are so happy to be a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program!
08/17/2022

We are so happy to be a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program!

This salon-style living room with an inviting couch is the home of sculptor Chaim Gross, owned and operated by The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation. Pictured here, at 529 LaGuardia Place in NYC, is a snippet of Gross' extensive art collection, which he began acquiring in 1920. The painting on the bottom row, second from the left, is by famous American sculptor Louise Nevelson, who was a student of Gross'. Gross collected works from his friends and contemporaries like Milton Avery and Willem De Kooning, and also purchased works from artists he admired. This view shows mostly European and American art, but Gross also had an extensive and impressive collection of African and also Oceanic art. These works are intermixed along with all other art, check the comments for another angle of this living room to see some of the works from Central and Western Africa, encompassing over 50 cultural groups.

One of Gross's sculptures, a product of direct carving in wood and evoking the style of a totem, is visible in the foreground on the coffee table. Gross' interest in African carved sculptures is a clear source of inspiration for his work.

Photo by Nicole Saraniero, courtesy Untapped New York.

Join us virtually for next week’s "Artists and Immigrants Series" program with artist and writer Mira Schor, who will di...
06/02/2022

Join us virtually for next week’s "Artists and Immigrants Series" program with artist and writer Mira Schor, who will discuss the lives and work of her parents.


Two Polish artists, Ilya Schor and Resia Schor, arrived in New York on December 3, 1941, fleeing the N***s. They had not planned to come to the United States, but found new opportunities in their adopted home. Ilya Schor (1904–61) was born in Austrian Galicia in an area that is now Ukraine. He was a noted artist of Judaica, painter, sculptor, creator of exquisite jewelry, and illustrator for major Jewish writers including Sholem Aleichem and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Resia Schor (1910–2006), née Ainstein, was trained as a painter in her homeland of Poland. After the death of her husband, she picked up his tools and made powerful works of jewelry, Judaica, and sculpture.


This free virtual program takes place on Wed., June 8 at 6 pm EDT. Registration is required through the link in bio.


Mira Schor is a New York-based artist and writer noted for her advocacy of painting in a post-medium visual culture and for her contributions to feminist art history. Schor received her MFA from CalArts in 1973 where she was a member of the CalArts Feminist Art Program. She is the recipient of awards in painting from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Pollock-Krasner Foundations and of ‘s Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism. She is an Associate Teaching Professor at Parsons. She curated 𝘈𝘣𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘦: 𝘚𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘱𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘐𝘭𝘺𝘢 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘢 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘳 in 2013.


In celebration of the centennial of Chaim Gross's immigration to the United States, the Foundation is focusing our programming on illuminating the stories of artists and immigrants in the collection.


Image:

Ilya Schor and Resia Schor at The Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, c. 1935. Photograph courtesy Mira Schor.

Black and white photograph of a man and woman lying on their stomachs. They are both resting their chins on their hands, looking directly at the camera.


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