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. To join our email list go to: www.rcgrossfoundation.org.
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The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is the historic home and studio of modern American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91). On view are masterworks by Gross as well as his extensive collection of modern American art, featuring important paintings by de Kooning, Avery, Hartley, and Burliuk, among many others. The Foundation also organizes exhibitions and educational programs on topics related to Gross, his contemporaries, and American art.

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is the historic home and studio of modern American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91). On view are masterworks by Gross as well as his extensive collection of modern American art, featuring important paintings by de Kooning, Avery, Hartley, and Burliuk, among many others. The Foundation also organizes exhibitions and educational programs on topics related to Gross, his contemporaries, and American art.

Operating as usual

In acknowledgment of 30 years since the passing of Chaim Gross, we would like to share a post from our friends at The Al...
05/05/2021

In acknowledgment of 30 years since the passing of Chaim Gross, we would like to share a post from our friends at The Allen Ginsberg Project. The post, linked on our website, shares a transcription of Ginsberg's tribute to his friend presented at the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in December 1991. An audio version can be accessed through Stanford University's Department of Special Collections and University Archives.

His last line reads, “So now he’s sitting drinking tea with old acquaintances Marc Chagall and the Soyer boys in heaven, or whatever shul their shades attend.”


Image: photo by Allen Ginsberg, 1988. Archives of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.

Black and white photo of Chaim and Renee Gross seated at their dining room table on LaGuardia Place. Chaim reaches up to touch Renee’s hair. Both are laughing.

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In acknowledgment of 30 years since the passing of Chaim Gross, we would like to share a post from our friends at The Allen Ginsberg Project. The post, linked on our website, shares a transcription of Ginsberg's tribute to his friend presented at the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in December 1991. An audio version can be accessed through Stanford University's Department of Special Collections and University Archives.

His last line reads, “So now he’s sitting drinking tea with old acquaintances Marc Chagall and the Soyer boys in heaven, or whatever shul their shades attend.”


Image: photo by Allen Ginsberg, 1988. Archives of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.

Black and white photo of Chaim and Renee Gross seated at their dining room table on LaGuardia Place. Chaim reaches up to touch Renee’s hair. Both are laughing.

#chaimgross #allenginsberg #americanacademy #artsandletters #academyofartsandletters #tribute #rcgrossfoundation #greenwichvillage #chaimgrossfoundation

Join us tomorrow evening, April 14 at 6 pm EDT, for the fourth installment of our Artists and Immigrants series with Ale...
04/13/2021

Join us tomorrow evening, April 14 at 6 pm EDT, for the fourth installment of our Artists and Immigrants series with Alexandra Keiser, PhD, who will discuss the artist Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964). Dr. Keiser’s presentation addresses Archipenko's experience of multiple immigrations. She will focus on aspects of his processes of acculturation and what they would mean for his artistic practice.

Registration is free, but required. To register for this event, please use the link in bio.

Alexandra Keiser is research curator at the Archipenko Foundation. She holds a doctoral degree from the Courtauld Institute in London and a master's degree in art history from the University of Trier in Germany. Dr. Keiser has lectured and published widely on the artist Alexander Archipenko and is co-editor of the Archipenko catalogue raisonné. She curated the traveling retrospective: “Archipenko: A Modern Legacy” (2015-2018) and co-edited the book “Archipenko Revisited” (2008).

In celebration of the centennial of Chaim Gross's immigration to the United States, the Foundation is focusing our 2021 programming on illuminating the stories of artists and immigrants in the collection.

Image description: Black and white photograph with a man crouched on the lower left side holding a saw in one hand and a stick in the other. He is next to a sculpture in progress, which takes up the majority of the photo. The sculpture has a textured clay bottom and the top third has wood, metal and cloth framing, not yet covered by the clay. The photo is signed "Welter" on the bottom right.

Photo: Alexander Archipenko working on the sculpture "Moses" in 1939. The image comes from the artist's archives, courtesy of the Archipenko Foundation.

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Join us tomorrow evening, April 14 at 6 pm EDT, for the fourth installment of our Artists and Immigrants series with Alexandra Keiser, PhD, who will discuss the artist Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964). Dr. Keiser’s presentation addresses Archipenko's experience of multiple immigrations. She will focus on aspects of his processes of acculturation and what they would mean for his artistic practice.

Registration is free, but required. To register for this event, please use the link in bio.

Alexandra Keiser is research curator at the Archipenko Foundation. She holds a doctoral degree from the Courtauld Institute in London and a master's degree in art history from the University of Trier in Germany. Dr. Keiser has lectured and published widely on the artist Alexander Archipenko and is co-editor of the Archipenko catalogue raisonné. She curated the traveling retrospective: “Archipenko: A Modern Legacy” (2015-2018) and co-edited the book “Archipenko Revisited” (2008).

In celebration of the centennial of Chaim Gross's immigration to the United States, the Foundation is focusing our 2021 programming on illuminating the stories of artists and immigrants in the collection.

Image description: Black and white photograph with a man crouched on the lower left side holding a saw in one hand and a stick in the other. He is next to a sculpture in progress, which takes up the majority of the photo. The sculpture has a textured clay bottom and the top third has wood, metal and cloth framing, not yet covered by the clay. The photo is signed "Welter" on the bottom right.

Photo: Alexander Archipenko working on the sculpture "Moses" in 1939. The image comes from the artist's archives, courtesy of the Archipenko Foundation.

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Happy Passover from the #rcgrossfoundation !⠀We are celebrating with an image of “Pesach/Passover” from Chaim Gross’s se...
03/27/2021

Happy Passover from the #rcgrossfoundation !

We are celebrating with an image of “Pesach/Passover” from Chaim Gross’s series of the Jewish holidays. Shown is edition 179/200 done in 1968. Gross later turned these lithographs into the book “The Jewish Holidays, Customs, and Traditions by Chaim Gross”. The book includes writing by Rabbi Avraham Soltes, Judith B. Abrams, and Rabbi Arthur C. Blecher. It was published in 1972 and reprinted in 1977.

Image description: a group of family members are seated around a table for Passover Seder. There are candles on the table as well as matzah and wine cups. The entire image is luminous.

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Happy birthday, Chaim Gross! Born on this day - March 17, 1902. Gross was not only a renowned sculptor, but a collector ...
03/17/2021

Happy birthday, Chaim Gross! Born on this day - March 17, 1902. Gross was not only a renowned sculptor, but a collector and educator who left his body of work, collection, studio, and final home to the #rcgrossfoundation as a window into the life and work of an artist.

This photo from the Foundation’s archives is by Arnold Newman. Gross is shown at home on 105th Street with an antique lamp, exemplary female figure from Mali by an unknown Bamana artist, and the bottom half of the 1938 painting “The Hungry” by O. Louis Guglielmi.

© Arnold Newman, c. 1945

Join us tomorrow for Part II of Eastern European Migrants and American Identities on Thursday, March 18 at 6 pm. Emma Young, our 2020-21 Mellon Foundation Public Humanities Fellow, will moderate a virtual conversation with distinguished scholar Maria Luiza Tucci Carneiro. They will delve into the 20th century migration from Eastern Europe to South America and the particular lessons and challenges faced. This event is free and registration is required. Link in our bio.


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TONIGHT: Join us for our two part program Wednesday, March 3 at 6 pm EST and Thursday, March 18 at 6pm EDT as Emma Young...
03/03/2021

TONIGHT: Join us for our two part program Wednesday, March 3 at 6 pm EST and Thursday, March 18 at 6pm EDT as Emma Young, the Foundation's 2020-21 Mellon Foundation Public Humanities Fellow, moderates a virtual conversation with three distinguished scholars from Brazil: Helouise Costa, Claudia Mattos Avolese, and Maria Luiza Tucci Carneiro. The presenters will discuss 20th century migration from Eastern Europe to South America and the particular lessons and challenges faced. The event is free as part of our Artists and Immigrants Series, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Registration is required through the Foundation’s website. Link in bio.

Image:
Lasar Segall (Vilna Lituânia, 1889 - São Paulo, SP, 1957)

Emigrantes III, 1936, sand and oil on canvas, 86 x 197.7 cm

Collection of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil.

Purchased by Governo do Estado de São Paulo, 2012.

Photo: Isabella Matheus.
© Museu Lasar Segall

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Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from Volunteer Educator Madeline Rogers. Join us as we share from our volunteers every...
01/26/2021

Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from Volunteer Educator Madeline Rogers. Join us as we share from our volunteers every Tuesday.

“By the time he arrived in New York as a penniless teenager, Chaim Gross had experienced more dislocation and violence than many do in a lifetime. Fleeing pogroms and war, Gross got off the boat in 1921. Within a few months, he had discovered the Educational Alliance, a settlement house on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, which offered English classes, job training, and social services to help newcomers adjust to urban life. The main attraction for Gross, however, was the Alliance’s distinguished art school, founded in 1895, where he studied drawing by night after working as a grocery delivery boy by day. A fellow student noticed the dimensional quality of Gross’s drawings and suggested he try sculpture. That casual observation radically changed Gross’s artistic life, setting him on his path as a sculptor. Within a few years, Gross began to study and teach elsewhere, but he never left the Alliance. For nearly 50 years, from 1927 to 1978, he pursued another great love there—teaching. Among his students was the renowned sculptor Louise Nevelson. The neighborhood around the Educational Alliance has changed, but the work of this non-profit continues, supported by generous New Yorkers, like Chaim and his wife Renee, who, in their lifetimes, were supporters of the Alliance’s community and educational activities.”

Image 1: Photographer unknown, group photo with Chaim Gross, Peter Blum, Moses Soyer, Elias Newman, Abbo Ostrowsky, Louis Ribak(?) identified, The Educational Alliance Art School, 1924

Image 2: Photo by Marion Palfi, Chaim Gross teaching at the Educational Alliance Art School, 1944. © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

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Join us tomorrow at 6 pm EST for the first lecture in our Artists and Immigrants Series.⠀There are still spots available...
01/12/2021

Join us tomorrow at 6 pm EST for the first lecture in our Artists and Immigrants Series.

There are still spots available for our virtual conversation with Alicia Longwell, Ph.D. on the artist John D. Graham (1886-1961). Graham was a mentor to many modern artists, as well as a writer, painter, and friend to Chaim Gross. Born in Kiev, Graham immigrated to the United States in 1920 and made a name for himself. Learn more about Graham's life, collecting, and his connection to Gross. The event is free and registration is required through the link in bio.

Alicia Longwell, Ph.D., is the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education, at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY. She curated the exhibition "John Graham: Maverick Modernist" in 2017, which included two loans from the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation collection.

In celebration of the centennial of Chaim Gross's immigration to the United States, the Foundation is focusing our 2021 programming on illuminating the stories of artists and immigrants in the collection. Our winter and spring programming is centered around Eastern European emigrants.

Next Lecture: February 10: Diana Linden, Ph.D. on artist Ben Shahn

Image description: Oil painting of an irregular shaped large red square on a background of black to the left, white to the right, and a small square of blue in the center top. John D. Graham, "Red Square," 1934, oil on canvas. Collection of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.

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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
01/12/2021

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

“I’m a carver; the harder the material, the more pleasure I am given chipping it away.” —Chaim Gross⁣

A recent gift to the museum, Gross's "I Love My Baby" (1948) is an outstanding example of direct carving from a single piece of hardwood, and exemplifies the artist's balance of material and subject matter as a mature sculptor. ⁣

"A Love of Wood: Chaim Gross's 𝘐 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘔𝘺 𝘉𝘢𝘣𝘺" is on view through April 18, 2021. Museum admission is free through January 31. Visit my.thewadsworth.org/events for tickets.


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Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Daryl Grabarek. Join us as we share from our volunteers e...
01/05/2021

Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Daryl Grabarek. Join us as we share from our volunteers every Tuesday.

“On the first floor, poised above the stairs leading to Chaim Gross’s studio, is the artist’s imposing ‘Madame and Child’ (1939, sabicu). Surrounding the work, and overlooking the artist’s tools below, are sculptures and busts in a range of materials, offering a snapshot of his long career and thematic interests.

Gross returned to images of mother and child throughout his life, and in this piece, mother and child face forward in greeting, the child affectionately leaning against and peering over the woman’s shoulder, its small body wrapped around and supported by her. Though somewhat static on first impression, the slight tilt of the sculpture’s axis, the placement of the woman’s feet, and the swish of her skirt, give way to a sense of movement. Close inspection reveals the artist’s skill in the subtle textural details on the surface of the woman’s dress, which contrast with the smooth glossy finish of the figures’ bodies. The artwork, base included, is carved from one piece of sabicu; the wood’s warm brown tones underscore the tenderness of the scene.”

Image 1: photo of ‘Madame and Child’ installed amongst other sculptures at 526 LaGuardia Place

Image 2: black and white photo of the sculpture by Walter Russell

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The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation would like to extend an invitation to tomorrow’s free virtual public program associat...
12/09/2020

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation would like to extend an invitation to tomorrow’s free virtual public program associated with the exhibition "A Love of Wood: Chaim Gross's ‘I Love My Baby’" at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut (November 11, 2020 - March 21, 2021). Register through @thewadsworth on their events page for the 12 pm EST conversation, or follow the link below:

https://fb.me/e/1mG2XuJpZ


Join curator Patricia Hickson and Mimi Gross, President of the Foundation, as they discuss Chaim Gross's work and the recently acquired sculpture featured in the exhibition: ‘I Love My Baby’ (1948).

The Foundation is pleased to support the exhibition through research assistance and the loan of two drawings, a suite of archival photos, two films, and 23 sculpture tools from Gross's preserved studio at the Foundation.

Image description: Installation photos of "A Love of Wood: Chaim Gross's ‘I Love My Baby’" at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The sculpture shows a mother holding a child aloft and is in a dark toned wood.

Photos courtesy Allen Phillips of the Wadsworth Atheneum, 2020.

Chaim Gross, ‘I Love My Baby’, 1948. Lignum vitae. Gift of Mimi Gross.


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Today's #volunteerspotlight comes our former Volunteer Educator, Emma Mooney. Join us as we share from our volunteers ev...
12/01/2020

Today's #volunteerspotlight comes our former Volunteer Educator, Emma Mooney. Join us as we share from our volunteers every Tuesday. As today is also #givingtuesday , we acknowledge how Chaim Gross’s career was fundamentally changed by the generous residency he held at the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation in 1933.

"Early in his career, Chaim Gross was invited to participate in a residency at Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s (1848-1933) Long Island estate. It was Tiffany’s vision that even after his death, the estate could prolong his legacy in the decorative arts and serve as a place for artists to work and grow in perpetuity. Gross spent the summer of 1933 at Laurelton Hall, the year after his first solo exhibition in New York City. The works produced at Laurelton Hall, shown here, reflect Gross’s early style, much more varied than he later became. Whereas most of Gross’s other works exhibit a strong verticality and usually depict the human figure, these two pieces are smaller, rounder, and depict botanical subjects. An artist’s residency or fellowship, however, is often meant to provide the space for experimentation. Certainly the grand environment of Tiffany’s gilded age, Orientalist estate would influence any artist at the time to try new things."

Images 1 and 2: Pumpkin, 1933, carved in lignum vitae wood

Image 3: Mullen Plant, 1933, carved in mahogany

Image 4: Central atrium of Laurelton Hall (Demolished) formerly at Laurel Hollow & Ridge Roads, Oyster Bay, Nassau County, NY Residence of Louis Comfort Tiffany Built 1905 - Burned/demolished 1957. From the Historic American Buildings Survey at the Library of Congress. David Aronow, photographer. Circa 1924.


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