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.

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Join us tonight at 6 pm EDT for our free lecture with Debra Caplan on Yiddish Theater’s Global Journey. Please register ...
06/09/2021

Join us tonight at 6 pm EDT for our free lecture with Debra Caplan on Yiddish Theater’s Global Journey. Please register using the link in our bio.

Dr. Caplan will discuss a brief history of Yiddish theater's journey and impact from its origins in Eastern Europe, to the global travels of the Vilna Troupe, to the Lower East Side.

Yiddish theater was a popular form of entertainment in New York City in the early 20th century. As a Yiddish speaker, Chaim Gross and his friends attended theater and vaudeville performances, including those of the Vilna Troupe. Gross utilized the performances as opportunities to view the human body in motion, which was a central part of his work.

Debra Caplan is Associate Professor of Theater at Baruch College, City University of New York. Her 2018 book, Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy won the 2019 George Freedley Memorial Prize from the Theatre Library Association and the Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize from the Modern Language Association. She is currently working on a book about Yiddish theater actress Molly Picon.

Image: Chaim Gross, “Vaudeville”, 1929, black and white lithograph. © Estate of Chaim Gross / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Collection of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.

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Join us tonight at 6 pm EDT for our free lecture with Debra Caplan on Yiddish Theater’s Global Journey. Please register using the link in our bio.

Dr. Caplan will discuss a brief history of Yiddish theater's journey and impact from its origins in Eastern Europe, to the global travels of the Vilna Troupe, to the Lower East Side.

Yiddish theater was a popular form of entertainment in New York City in the early 20th century. As a Yiddish speaker, Chaim Gross and his friends attended theater and vaudeville performances, including those of the Vilna Troupe. Gross utilized the performances as opportunities to view the human body in motion, which was a central part of his work.

Debra Caplan is Associate Professor of Theater at Baruch College, City University of New York. Her 2018 book, Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy won the 2019 George Freedley Memorial Prize from the Theatre Library Association and the Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize from the Modern Language Association. She is currently working on a book about Yiddish theater actress Molly Picon.

Image: Chaim Gross, “Vaudeville”, 1929, black and white lithograph. © Estate of Chaim Gross / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Collection of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.

#chaimgross #yiddishtheater #vaudeville #vilnatroupe #debracaplan #nycart #sculpture #artistshomes #artcollection #americanart #greenwichvillage #rcgrossfoundation #chaimgrossfoundation

Join us tonight at 6 pm EDT for the next installment of our free Artists and Immigrants series with Laurie Wilson who wi...
05/12/2021

Join us tonight at 6 pm EDT for the next installment of our free Artists and Immigrants series with Laurie Wilson who will discuss the life and work of artist Louise Nevelson (1899-1988). Register at the link in our bio.

Born in what was at the time part of Russia, Nevelson came to the United States with her parents as a child. After moving to New York City in 1920, she primarily did painting and drawing until the 1930s. In 1934 as an artist participating in the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Nevelson taught painting to children while also studying sculpture with Chaim Gross. It was then that she discovered her lifelong vocation. Though Gross and Nevelson had different memories on the length of her study, both recognized that she had innate talent and a natural sense for working in three dimensions. She emerged firmly planted on her artistic path as a sculptor.

Laurie Wilson is a psychoanalyst, art historian, and art therapist. She received psychoanalytic training at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute and is on the faculty at Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY) affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. She has published extensively in three fields including Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man (Yale, 2003) and Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow (Thames & Hudson, 2016).

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.

Image 1: Louise Nevelson, “The Queen”, 1930s, oil on canvas. © Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Collection of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.

Image 2: Whitestone Photo, Chaim Gross and Louise Nevelson at Anti-Defamation League luncheon, 1970s. Collection of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.

#chaimgross #louisenevelson #artistsandimmigrants #nycart #educationalalliance #wpa #sculpture #artistshomes #artcollection #americanart #greenwichvillage #lauriewilson #rcgrossfoundation #chaimgrossfoundation

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.

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

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.

#chaimgross #hahssites #nycart #americanart #immigration #sculpture #artistshomes #alexanderarchipenko #artistsandimmigrants #rcgrossfoundation #chaimgrossfoundation #gelaforster

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.

#chaimgross #hahssites #nycart #americanart #immigration #sculpture #artistshomes #alexanderarchipenko #artistsandimmigrants #rcgrossfoundation #chaimgrossfoundation #gelaforster

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.

#chaimgross #hahssites #nycart #americanart #immigration #sculpture #artistshomes #bamanafigure #pesach #happypassover #jewishholidays

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.

#chaimgross #hahssites #nycart #americanart #immigration #sculpture #artistshomes #bamanafigure #pesach #happypassover #jewishholidays

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.


#chaimgross #hahssites #nycart #americanart #immigration #nyu #publichumanities #sculpture #bw #arnoldnewman #artistshomes #bamanafigure #olouisguglielmi

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.


#chaimgross #hahssites #nycart #americanart #immigration #nyu #publichumanities #sculpture #bw #arnoldnewman #artistshomes #bamanafigure #olouisguglielmi

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

#chaimgross #rcgrossfoundation #americanart #educationalalliance #brazil #immigration #lasarsegall #greenwichvillage #nycart #artschool #immigrant #publichumanities #nyu

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

#chaimgross #rcgrossfoundation #americanart #educationalalliance #brazil #immigration #lasarsegall #greenwichvillage #nycart #artschool #immigrant #publichumanities #nyu

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