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Grey Art Gallery The Grey Art Gallery is New York University's fine arts museum, located on historic Washington Square Park in NYC's Greenwich Village. Temporarily closed but active virtually via digital programs and projects.
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How beautiful is this silver ring by #ParvizTanavoli? This ring reproduces, in miniature, a theme Tanavoli has frequentl...
07/30/2021

How beautiful is this silver ring by #ParvizTanavoli? This ring reproduces, in miniature, a theme Tanavoli has frequently tackled in his well-known large-scale Heech sculptures, which translate the Persian calligraphic word "heech" (nothingness) into three-dimensional form.
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Tanavoli (B. 1937, Tehran, Iran) was a close friend and advisor to Abby W**d Grey, who avidly collected his work. Her generous gift of modern Asian and Middle Eastern artworks to New York University led to the founding of the Grey Art Gallery, which first opened its doors in 1975.
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Check out other works by Tanavoli on our website under the Collection tab!

Image: Parviz Tanavoli, Heech (Ring), 1972. Silver, 1 7/8 in. (in diameter). Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection. Gift of Abby W**d Grey, G1983.30

How beautiful is this silver ring by #ParvizTanavoli? This ring reproduces, in miniature, a theme Tanavoli has frequently tackled in his well-known large-scale Heech sculptures, which translate the Persian calligraphic word "heech" (nothingness) into three-dimensional form.
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Tanavoli (B. 1937, Tehran, Iran) was a close friend and advisor to Abby W**d Grey, who avidly collected his work. Her generous gift of modern Asian and Middle Eastern artworks to New York University led to the founding of the Grey Art Gallery, which first opened its doors in 1975.
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Check out other works by Tanavoli on our website under the Collection tab!

Image: Parviz Tanavoli, Heech (Ring), 1972. Silver, 1 7/8 in. (in diameter). Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection. Gift of Abby W**d Grey, G1983.30

Timeline Photos
07/28/2021

Timeline Photos

📷: Spot this! Have you seen this 38-foot-tall Dalmatian statue outside Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone Health? Artist Donald Lipski created "Spot" and multiple other public artworks across the country. Fun fact: The NYC cab balanced four stories high is an actual Toyota Prius with its motor removed.

In 2013 the Grey Art Gallery at NYU and The Studio Museum in Harlem joined together to present "Radical Presence: Black ...
07/23/2021
Radical Presence - "RSVP" by Senga Nengudi, Activated by Maren Hassinger

In 2013 the Grey Art Gallery at NYU and The Studio Museum in Harlem joined together to present "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art," which surveyed 50+ years of performance art by visual artists of African descent from the US and the Caribbean. RadicalPresenceNY.com serves as an archive of the exhibition.

In this clip of a performance from Senga Nengudi’s "RSVP" series, activated by Maren Hassinger at the Grey in 2013, the performer moves through a composition of pantyhose attached to the wall. As Hassinger moves, the material wrapped around her suggests shed skins and contours of the human body. Watch the full video on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/ihcSz5kXyzg

Photos of the "RSVP" series are now on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of "Knotted, Torn, Scattered: Sculpture after Abstract Expressionism"—catch it before it closes on August 2!

"RSVP" by Senga Nengudi, Activated by Maren HassingerNew York, September 10, 2013This performance was presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Radical P...

Did you know part of the @nyuniversity Art Collection lives outdoors ☀️ on NYU campus? •••Pablo Picasso's sculpture "Bus...
07/16/2021

Did you know part of the @nyuniversity Art Collection lives outdoors ☀️ on NYU campus?
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Pablo Picasso's sculpture "Bust of Sylvette" from 1968 can be found on the grassy lawn outside NYU's Silver Towers, a short walk from Washington Square Park. The sculpture was fabricated by Carl Nesjär, a Norwegian artist who was Picasso’s chosen fabricator from the late 1950s until Picasso’s death in 1973. It was inspired by Sylvette David, one of Picasso’s favorite models and an artist in her own right.
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“Bust of Sylvette,” along with NYU’s Silver Towers (designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei), were declared a New York City landmark in 2008.
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“Bust of Sylvette," 1968. Designed by Pablo Picasso and constructed by Carl Nesjär. Sandblasted concrete and basalt, 36 x 20 x 12 1/2 feet, 60 tons. Grey Art Gallery, NYU Art Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allan D. Emil, 1968.100. Photo: Grey Art Gallery, NYU

Did you know part of the @nyuniversity Art Collection lives outdoors ☀️ on NYU campus?
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Pablo Picasso's sculpture "Bust of Sylvette" from 1968 can be found on the grassy lawn outside NYU's Silver Towers, a short walk from Washington Square Park. The sculpture was fabricated by Carl Nesjär, a Norwegian artist who was Picasso’s chosen fabricator from the late 1950s until Picasso’s death in 1973. It was inspired by Sylvette David, one of Picasso’s favorite models and an artist in her own right.
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“Bust of Sylvette,” along with NYU’s Silver Towers (designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei), were declared a New York City landmark in 2008.
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“Bust of Sylvette," 1968. Designed by Pablo Picasso and constructed by Carl Nesjär. Sandblasted concrete and basalt, 36 x 20 x 12 1/2 feet, 60 tons. Grey Art Gallery, NYU Art Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allan D. Emil, 1968.100. Photo: Grey Art Gallery, NYU

"Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête," now on view at The Drawing Center in NYC, features works on paper and canvas, mannequins...
07/07/2021

"Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête," now on view at The Drawing Center in NYC, features works on paper and canvas, mannequins, and sculptures by Huguette Caland (b. Beirut, Lebanon, 1931; d. 2019) from the past five decades. Work by Caland was recently featured in the Grey's exhibition "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World 1950s–1980s."
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In the late 1960s, at the age of 39, Caland relocated from Beirut to Paris to pursue a career as an artist. Because of her early paintings on human sexuality, Caland briefly came to international prominence in the 1970s; yet, according to @drawingcenter it is the explicit manner in which she expresses sensuality through drawing that has precipitated her recent resurfacing.
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Bribes de corps (Body Parts), 1973 reflects a common theme for Caland. Swipe to see Caland's 1971 painting Bribes de Corps included in "Taking Shape," which is currently on a national tour! You can next catch the exhibition on view at the Tampa Museum of Art @tampamuseumofart opening on September 30.

Images: (1) Huguette Caland, Bribes de corps (Body Parts), 1973. 60 x 60 in., Oil on linen. Collection of Viveca Paulin-Ferrell and Will Ferrell. Courtesy The Drawing Center; (2) Huguette Caland, 'Bribes de Corps,' 1971. Oil on canvas, 37 3/4 x 37 3/4 in. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation @barjeelart Sharjah, UAE

Our 2019 exhibition "Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989," which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that ...
06/25/2021
Stonewall

Our 2019 exhibition "Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989," which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that marked a turning point in the Le***an, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) liberation movement, can now be enjoyed virtually thanks to the Columbus Museum of Art!

The exhibition encompasses the two crucial decades after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, exploring the many ways artists across the US responded to the movement’s call for q***r visibility and self-expression. The show debuted at the Grey Art Gallery and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in NYC (2019), The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU in Miami, FL (2019–20), and the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio (2020). CMA, which organized and curated the exhibition, is now offering a virtual display of the show on its website.

Follow this link to explore the six major themes of the show: https://www.columbusmuseum.org/stonewall/

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 is the first major exhibition to examine the impact on visual culture of the le***an, gay, bisexual, transgender, and q***r (LGBTQ) liberation movement sparked fifty years ago with the Stonewall Uprising. The exhibition encompasses the two crucial decades after the Sto...

See you at the voting booth! 🗳
06/21/2021

See you at the voting booth! 🗳

Eligible voters can participate TOMORROW, June 22, in NYC's primary elections, which feature Ranked Choice Voting for the first time. Learn about the process, the candidates, and more: nyu.edu/nyu-votes #NYUVotes

In honor of Pride Month, today we're highlighting the rich LGBTQ+ materials and stories that exist within the NYU Specia...
06/14/2021
Violet Holdings: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections at Bobst Library

In honor of Pride Month, today we're highlighting the rich LGBTQ+ materials and stories that exist within the NYU Special Collections at NYU Libraries. In 2019, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, NYU Libraries presented "Violet Holdings: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections," an exhibition surveying q***r life from the mid-1800s to the present day through a sample of materials drawn from the NYU special collections and archives.

Watch this NYU-TV video clip to learn more:
https://vimeo.com/344882368

This exhibition, curated by Hugh Ryan, offered a timely reminder that LGBTQ+ history extends far beyond the events at Stonewall, spotlighting a rich, complicated, and surprising collection of q***r stories that include luminaries in 19th-century theater, a gay anarchist press in the 1970s, civil rights protests at NYU, transgender community organizing, and women’s labor movements.

We couldn't do what we do at the Grey without the help of our great friends at NYU Libraries! Wishing everyone a happy and safe Pride month. 🌈

Video clip: Courtesy NYU TV Media Archive, featuring Marvin J. Taylor and Hugh Ryan.

NYU celebrates the opening of Violet Holdings: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections at Bobst Library, curated by Hugh Ryan. As part of the 50th anniversary…

Though it may be a bit dreary in NYC today, it looks like the 🌞 will be high in the sky this weekend—the perfect time to...
06/04/2021

Though it may be a bit dreary in NYC today, it looks like the 🌞 will be high in the sky this weekend—the perfect time to swing by NYU Kimmel Window Galleries and check out their new exhibition! "Faces Change | Immigrant Prejudice Remains" is a contemporary photography exhibition featuring works by artists documenting the liminal, precarious, and life-threatening experience of crossing the Mexican-American border.
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The exhibition includes photos by 6 artists that connect today’s xenophobia to that of the past, establishing a consistent narrative of discrimination in the U.S., directed towards Asian, Brown, Black, and Indigenous people. As a direct response to the current political moment, the exhibition curators hope that confronting these stark images will inspire reflection and action as you walk through the city streets.
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Special shoutout to Monica Marchese, the Grey's former gallery attendant and graduate intern, who is one of the four student curators for this exhibition—congrats, Monica!
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"Faces Change" features work by Guillermo Arias, Veronica Gabriela Cárdenas, Griselda San Martin, Dorothea Lange, Ken Light, and Alex Webb. The exhibition is on view through September 1, 2021, on the corner of LaGuardia Place and West 3rd Street, visible 24/7.

📸 Courtesy Pamela Jean Tinnen, @nyuartinpublicplaces

Attention eligible voters in NYC: Are you registered to vote in the June 22 primaries? Deadline coming up this Friday (t...
05/26/2021

Attention eligible voters in NYC: Are you registered to vote in the June 22 primaries? Deadline coming up this Friday (thanks for the reminder, New York University!).

Let your voice be heard in the NYC primary elections! Those eligible must register by Friday, May 28 to vote on June 22 in primaries for the next mayor, comptroller, borough president, district attorney, city council, and more: nyu.edu/nyu-votes #NYUVotes

Boston friends: You can now get an in-person docent-led tour of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–19...
05/25/2021
Free Sunday In-Person Docent Tour of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s"

Boston friends: You can now get an in-person docent-led tour of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" at McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College! There are two tours available on June 6 and June 13—sign up at the link below. 😁

Beginning Sunday, May 23, the McMullen Museum will offer free, in-person docent tours in the galleries on May 23, June 6, and June 13 of Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Prior registration is required to participate. To register for an in-person tou...

We finally made it to Commencement Day! Please join us wishing a hearty congratulations to all members of NYU's class of...
05/19/2021

We finally made it to Commencement Day! Please join us wishing a hearty congratulations to all members of NYU's class of 2021! 🧑‍🎓 👏 🎉 🥂 We hope that grads are able to celebrate today and reflect on all they've accomplished during this hugely difficult year.
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Special congrats to the Grey interns that graduated this year: Monica Marchese, MA in Museum Studies at NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science; Charlotte Kinberger, MA in Art History at The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU; and Michael Lee, BA in Economics, NYU College of Arts and Science. We're so grateful for their contributions to the Grey this past year and wish them the best of luck in their journeys beyond NYU!
#NYU2021 #NYUcommencement #graduation #nyuniversity #classof2021

We finally made it to Commencement Day! Please join us wishing a hearty congratulations to all members of NYU's class of 2021! 🧑‍🎓 👏 🎉 🥂 We hope that grads are able to celebrate today and reflect on all they've accomplished during this hugely difficult year.
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Special congrats to the Grey interns that graduated this year: Monica Marchese, MA in Museum Studies at NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science; Charlotte Kinberger, MA in Art History at The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU; and Michael Lee, BA in Economics, NYU College of Arts and Science. We're so grateful for their contributions to the Grey this past year and wish them the best of luck in their journeys beyond NYU!
#NYU2021 #NYUcommencement #graduation #nyuniversity #classof2021

We're spotlighting the first-ever museum retrospective of work by Michael Richards (1963–2001), a former colleague at th...
05/13/2021

We're spotlighting the first-ever museum retrospective of work by Michael Richards (1963–2001), a former colleague at the Grey and a talented artist who was gone too soon. "Michael Richards: Are You Down?" at Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami brings together works that represent Richards’ artistic engagement with Blackness, diaspora, spirituality, police brutality, and fallen monuments.

Richards was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Flight and aviation were central themes for Richards as an exploration of freedom and escape, ascendance and descent. Significant points of reference for Richards include the Tuskegee Airmen—the first African American pilots in US military history—and the complexity of their triumphs in the face of segregation. Richards also used his body to cast the figures for his sculptures, which often appear as pilots, saints, or both.

Richards worked as an art preparator at the Grey in the late '80s, exhibited work here in 1992, and remained a friend of the museum until his death. He tragically passed away on September 11, 2001 while working in his studio on the 92nd floor of World Trade Center, Tower One. He was 38 years old.

"Are You Down?" is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami through October 2021. Check out visiting hours, a virtual tour, and a list of virtual programs at https://mocanomi.org/

Images: Michael Richards: Are You Down? Installation Photography courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami © Oriol Tarridas Photography

Boston friends: the touring exhibition "Taking Shape," now at McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, opens to the publi...
05/10/2021

Boston friends: the touring exhibition "Taking Shape," now at
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, opens to the public by appointment on May 12! There's also an awesome virtual tour of the show. Head to their website to make a reservation or check out the show virtually: http://bc.edu/sites/artmuseum/

The McMullen Museum is pleased to announce it is reopening to the public by appointment on Wednesday, May 12!

Book an appointment to see "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" here: https://buff.ly/3vFHGj1

The McMullen will be open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM, May 12–June 13, 2021.

We look forward to seeing you in the building!

#TakingShape #Abstraction #McMullen #McMullenMuseum #ArabWorld #BarjeelArtFoundation

We're wishing everyone a #HappyEarthDay today. 🌎  This Earth Day, we're sharing a print by artist Frank Moore (1953–2002...
04/22/2021

We're wishing everyone a #HappyEarthDay today. 🌎 This Earth Day, we're sharing a print by artist Frank Moore (1953–2002). Many of his works reference his HIV-positive status and the state of the health care industry, and many others address ecological concerns.

Born in NYC, Moore was raised on Long Island and spent his childhood summers in the Adirondacks, sparking a lifelong interest in the natural environment. Gardening drew his attention to America’s vast industrial farms and ill-used national parks—in his words, nature’s “sites of great, but toxic, beauty.” Many of his paintings reflect his admiration for Hudson River School landscape artists. But rather than marveling at nature’s sublime power, Moore focused on the looming threat of environmental pollution.

Image: Frank Moore, "Oily Rainbow," 1999. Woodcut, 17 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. Grey Art Gallery, NYU Art Collection, Gift of Sperone Westwater and the Gesso Foundation, 2011.2.1a

We're wishing everyone a #HappyEarthDay today. 🌎 This Earth Day, we're sharing a print by artist Frank Moore (1953–2002). Many of his works reference his HIV-positive status and the state of the health care industry, and many others address ecological concerns.

Born in NYC, Moore was raised on Long Island and spent his childhood summers in the Adirondacks, sparking a lifelong interest in the natural environment. Gardening drew his attention to America’s vast industrial farms and ill-used national parks—in his words, nature’s “sites of great, but toxic, beauty.” Many of his paintings reflect his admiration for Hudson River School landscape artists. But rather than marveling at nature’s sublime power, Moore focused on the looming threat of environmental pollution.

Image: Frank Moore, "Oily Rainbow," 1999. Woodcut, 17 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. Grey Art Gallery, NYU Art Collection, Gift of Sperone Westwater and the Gesso Foundation, 2011.2.1a

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The Grey Art Gallery is located within New York University's Silver Center--on the site of NYU's original home, the legendary University Building (1835 to 1892). Winslow Homer, Daniel Huntington, Samuel C**t, George Innes, and Henry James all lived and worked there, as did Professor Samuel F. B. Morse, who established the first academic fine arts department in America on the site now occupied by the Grey Art Gallery. Demolished in 1892, the original building was replaced by the Main Building (renamed the Silver Center in 2002). Here was located, from 1927 to 1942, A. E. Gallatin's Museum of Living Art, NYU's first art museum and the first institution in this country to exhibit work by Picasso, Léger, Mirò, Mondrian, Arp and members of the American Abstract Artists group. Gallatin aspired to create a forum for intellectual exchange, a place where artists would congregate to acquaint themselves with the latest developments in contemporary art. In 1975, with a generous gift from Mrs. Abby W**d Grey, the Museum's original space was renovated, offices and a collection storage facility were added, and the doors were reopened as the Grey Art Gallery. Exhibitions organized by the Grey Art Gallery encompass aspects of all the visual arts: painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, photography, architecture and decorative arts, video, film, and performance. In addition to originating its own exhibitions, some of which travel throughout the United States and abroad, the Gallery hosts traveling exhibitions. Award-winning scholarly publications, distributed worldwide, are published by the Grey Art Gallery. In conjunction with its exhibitions, the Grey also sponsors public programs, including lectures, symposia, panel discussions, performances, and films.

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