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.

Mission: Our 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.

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Shanah Tovah from the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation!⠀We celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a 1980 photograph of Renee and Cha...
09/18/2020

Shanah Tovah from the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation!

We celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a 1980 photograph of Renee and Chaim Gross seated on the Foundation's third floor amongst their art collection. We hope that you have the opportunity to safely spend time with friends and family during the holidays.

We do not yet have a reopening date for onsite tours, but we look forward to sharing more virtual public programming with our community this fall and winter.

Photograph by Susan Weiley.

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Today’s post comes from Brittany Cassandra, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Collections and Programs Manager. We will be shari...
07/17/2020

Today’s post comes from Brittany Cassandra, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Collections and Programs Manager. We will be sharing from our staff on Fridays.

“In this time of change and protest, I want to highlight an often overlooked in the Foundation’s collection: Benny Andrews (1930-2006). Gross and Andrews shared many spheres, including mutual friends, exhibitions @forumgallery organized by founder Bella Fishko, and the artistic hub of Provincetown, MA.

Andrews was born in 1930 in Georgia where he and his family lived and worked on a plantation during his formative years, a place he described as ‘Hell.’ Andrews was the first in his family to graduate high school and developed an interest in art while attending Fort Valley College. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later obtained a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Professor Boris Margo encouraged Andrews to embrace and work on his own style, which includes the collage on canvas that Andrews in known for today (seen in the works Gross collected by Andrews).

In 1958, Andrews moved to New York City. He got to know artists Mimi Gross, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, and Jay Milder, all of whom are represented in the Foundation’s collection. Andrews was politically active and worked towards equality for African American artists in museums. He co-chaired the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition which protested the 1969 exhibition “Harlem on My Mind” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition attempted to celebrate Harlem artists, yet excluded them from it completely. Andrews also protested the Whitney Museum multiple times for the exclusion of African American artists.

In addition, Andrews was an arts educator to underserved students and prisoners, taught at different schools including the New School for Social Research (as did Gross), and was Director of Visual Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts for two years. Through his work and activism, Andrews was a leader in the fight for equality of African American artists until his passing. To learn more, visit @benny_andrews_estate .” @ The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

List of photos, all from the archives of the Foundation:

Photo 1: “Oedipus”, 1962, painting and collage on canvas, exchange with the artist
Photo 2: “Passion”, 1963, painting and collage on canvas, gift from the artist
Photo 3: Unknown photographer, Benny Andrews and Chaim Gross in P-town, MA in front of bronze sculpture by Gross, “Seven Mystic Birds”, 1966
Photo 4: Unknown photographer, Benny Andrews and Chaim Gross in P-town, MA

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06/01/2020

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A photo excerpt from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s new book on the homes of artists takes us into the studios where they worked. 🏠Click the link in bio to see them.⁠

Image: Studio of Chaim Gross. Photograph by Elizabeth Felicella, 2018, courtesy the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, New York.⁠

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Today’s post comes from Sasha Davis, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Executive Director. We will be sharing from our staff eve...
05/29/2020

Today’s post comes from Sasha Davis, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Executive Director. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday.

“In October 1970, Chaim Gross took a short series of snapshots near his home and studio at 526 LaGuardia Place. These 7 c-prints are from our #archives .

In photos 1-3, the Foundation is visible on the left. The cast iron attached columns, pilasters, and cornice on the facade of the Foundation, painted a lively yellow, look as they do today. The street is lively with pedestrians and artists selling their works.

Photo 4 is taken looking west along Bleecker Street, showing signs for The Bitter End and The Dugout. Photos 5 and 6 capture people singing and playing chess in Washington Square Park. The last photo, number 7, shows NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library under construction in the background.”



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Today’s post comes from Sasha Davis, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Executive Director. We will be sharing from our staff eve...
05/22/2020

Today’s post comes from Sasha Davis, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Executive Director. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday.

“Sculptor Chaim Gross maintained two studios for nearly three decades at the end of his career. One is the preserved studio space at 526 LaGuardia Place that continues to be open to the public as part of the Foundation. In contrast to this light-filled and photogenic space was his studio at Grand Street, which had concrete floors perfect for the drips of working in plaster in preparation for casting in bronze.

Here I am sharing photos of Gross at work on two different versions of his iconic sculpture “Happy Children” in 1968 (#bw) and 1973. The photographers are unknown, but these two images give great insight into Gross’s working methods. He uses a wire armature to ‘sketch’ out the work as if drawing in three dimensions. Then he layers on the plaster in various consistencies over shredded wood, creating a lightweight model that can be manipulated by cracking the plaster and resetting it. Surface textures come from alternating between smoothness built through additional layers and removing material with metal files. Gross wrote about this technique of making plasters in his 1972 book “Sculpture in Progress.” The Foundation maintains an #archive of photographs like the ones in this post in order to better understand and share the work of Gross.”


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Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Daryl Grabarek. Join us as we share from our volunteers e...
05/19/2020

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

“The vibrant intellectual, literary, and artistic community of the Harlem Renaissance is reflected in the pulsating planes of color and compressed space of Jacob Lawrence’s silkscreen Schomburg Library, 1986. The print is one in a series executed by the renowned artist, who frequented the Schomburg (then the 135th St. Library) as a young adult. Lawrence identified the library as a place where he learned about African American history and culture, a subject that he noted was not treated “seriously” when he was a student, but one that he so brilliantly illuminated throughout his artistic career, along with scenes of everyday and family life.

Both members of the NYC art world, Lawrence (1917-2000) and Gross knew each other, but became closer after they were both inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1984. Lawrence’s love of books and learning was one shared by Gross as witnessed by the extensive book collection on view at the Foundation.

Also in the Foundation’s collection is Lawrence’s "Panel 7: Siege”, a significant piece in his series “Struggle: From the History of the American People”, available to view as part of the entire series on the Peabody Essex Museum’s website as a virtual exhibit @peabodyessex .”


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Today’s post comes from Brittany Cassandra, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Collections and Programs Manager. We will be shari...
05/15/2020

Today’s post comes from Brittany Cassandra, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Collections and Programs Manager. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday.

“Federico Castellón (1914-71) is one of the most significant artists in the Foundation's collection, but not as well-known as many others. Often visitors mistake his work for that of Salvador Dalí’s (1904-89) since Castellón was a Surrealist as well. Castellón was a self-taught, immigrant artist whose career was launched after painting a mural for his high school. The mural was seen by prominent Mexican muralist painter Diego Rivera (1886-1957), who introduced Castellón to the gallery that gave him his first solo show.

Chaim Gross and Castellón became life-long friends through doing work for the PWAP (Public Works of Art Project) and WPA (Works Progress Administration). There are over 25 pieces in the collection by Castellón. One of the highlights of Castellón's work is “Heavenly Kiss,” 1939, which portrays a large nude woman puppeteering another nude female and large red lips in the sky. If you get closer to the painting, there are smaller scenes with intricate details which show the skill level of this amazing draughtsman.

Also shown in this post are details from “Bird Fantasy,” 1936-51, oil on canvas and “An Isolated Moment of Mystery in the Ruins of the Tyrant’s Grounds,” 1938, graphite on paper, which is one of my favorite works on the third floor.”

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Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Airina Cokgoren. Join us as we share from our volunteers ...
05/12/2020

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

“I was recently reading Mimi Gross’s essay, “Puzzling the Legacy” in @caavisual ‘s Art Journal from Spring 2017, where she takes inventory of her personal and professional life. She begins with her parents, Chaim and Renee Gross, and writes, “I was born into his world of art, my parents' world of artist friends, and a large collection of artworks of his contemporaries.” Like Chaim Gross, Mimi has been creating artwork since she was a child and continues to do so today. Even though their styles and mediums differ, their subjects are thoughtfully captured with a sense of whimsy.

One of my favorite pieces by Mimi Gross at the Foundation is “Fred Dean’s Circus in Maine”, 1970. The circus was a common subject in Chaim Gross’s work. There are various wood and bronze sculptures of acrobats, performers, and trapeze artists. Pictured here is: “Acrobatic Performers”, cast 1985 in bronze from the 1932 wood carving in the collection of the Smithsonian @americanart . Mimi Gross has mentioned that going to the circus was one of her father’s favorite pastimes and was part of her childhood as well. This small connection reminds me that the Foundation holds the intertwined legacies of two profound artists.”

Source: Mimi Gross (2017), Puzzling the Legacy, Art Journal, 76:1, 129-138

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Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Joyce Greene, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Administrator and Building Manager. We will ...
05/08/2020

Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Joyce Greene, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Administrator and Building Manager. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday.

“I like this 1965 watercolor by Chaim Gross because it shows his love for family and especially kids. I often stop on the third floor landing as I take the stairs to look a bit more closely.”

Image description: delicate watercolor showing mothers holding or walking with their children. The figures are separated by a diamond-shaped grid into 13 separate scenes and the background is a pale yellow.

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Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Nancy Fisher. Join us as we share from our volunteers eve...
05/05/2020

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

“Chaim Gross's sculptures can be seen in museums and public spaces throughout the United States, Israel, and parts of Europe. One of my favorites, a large-scale bronze titled “The Family” from 1979, sits in the lovely Bleecker Street Park on 11th Street in Greenwich Village, which is not far from one of his former studios at 48 Horatio Street. This sculpture was donated to the city of New York in 1991 in honor of Edward Koch, NYC mayor from 1978-1989.

As in many of Gross's sculptures, “The Family” is ascendant, acrobatic, and has a joyful quality about it. I love circling around the sculpture, viewing it from different angles, juxtaposed with the sky, the buildings, the people, and the nature in the park. I feel lucky to have it in my neighborhood!”

Images: three photos by Nancy Fisher of “The Family” from different angles. In the sculpture, two floating figures hold three smaller children aloft. Behind are blue skies and brick buildings.

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Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Sasha Davis, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Executive Director. We will be sharing from o...
05/01/2020

Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Sasha Davis, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Executive Director. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday.

“One of my favorite aspects of standing in Chaim Gross’s historic studio space is being able to appreciate the little details. A wooden pastel box was repurposed into drawers for tools, chisels, and other assorted items he collected over the years. We don’t normally open these drawers for visitors, but it’s fascinating.

Similarly, he used found items like chairs, stools, workbenches, and a piece of an olive press for their utility as well as their beauty. The selection of Dremel tool heads in this photo is particularly sculptural. Gross preferred hand tools, but he did try sculpting with a Dremel in the 1980s.”

Image description: detail view of tools and supplies in the #sculpturestudio at #526laguardiaplace

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Bright sunshine today in #nyc. Photo shows “Bird’s Nest” by Chaim Gross in the exhibition “Teaching Through Touch: Works...
04/28/2020

Bright sunshine today in #nyc. Photo shows “Bird’s Nest” by Chaim Gross in the exhibition “Teaching Through Touch: Works by Chaim Gross” with a 1944 drawing of a woman behind it. “Bird’s Nest” was cast in bronze in 1957. It depicts a mother bird swooping down to feed her young in the nest.

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Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Joyce Greene, the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation’s Administrator and Building Manage...
04/24/2020

Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Joyce Greene, the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation’s Administrator and Building Manager. We will be sharing posts from our staff every Friday during this time.

Joyce chose to highlight “Portrait of Chaim Gross Carving” by Saul Berman (1899-1975). This work from the Foundation’s collection was painted in 1929 when both artists were fresh from their training at the Educational Alliance Art School. Berman, Gross, and the Soyer twins, Raphael and Moses, were close friends while students at the Alliance. This portrait was shown at the Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center in 2016-17 as part of the exhibition “Home Away From Home: Chaim Gross and 70 Years at the Educational Alliance.”

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Happy Earth Day! Renee Gross loved house plants and kept many at the home and studio at #526laguardiaplace . Captured in...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! Renee Gross loved house plants and kept many at the home and studio at #526laguardiaplace . Captured in this photo, these particularly hardy plants from the third floor living room are Euphorbia milii, colloquially known as Crown of Thorns. They are succulents with spiny stalks and small coral flowers. Now a common house plant, Renee originally brought a cutting to #nyc after traveling to Mexico in 1965.

Image 1: Euphorbia milii in planter pots next to sculpture “Space Loom ###V” by Ibram Lassaw, 1974.

Image 2: close up of Euphorbia milii flowers 🌺

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