Grey Art Gallery

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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Today is National Voter Registration Day! This event invites nonprofits, libraries, businesses, cultural and civic insti...
09/22/2020

Today is National Voter Registration Day! This event invites nonprofits, libraries, businesses, cultural and civic institutions (including museums like ours!), media companies, & election offices to unite in an effort to register as many eligible voters as possible ahead of the deadlines for voter registration and elections.
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If you haven't prepared yourself to vote just yet, you can do it now in 3 easy steps:
1. Visit the NYU Votes website (bit.ly/32U8WhW) ASAP to register. It takes just 2 minutes.
2. Choose your voting method (by mail or in person).
3. Sign up to get text or email reminders for all upcoming news and deadlines.
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New York University is also hosting several virtual events leading up to election day. On Tuesday, October 6 at 7 pm EDT, NYU Skirball will host Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, for a conversation with NYU Professors Pamela Newkirk and Deborah Willis. Check out this event and many more at https://www.nyu.edu/students/student-information-and-resources/nyu-votes.html

#nationalvoterregistrationday #voteready #nyuvotes

So glad that NYUGreen has put together a shortlist of events happening this week for #ClimateWeekNYC! We are loving the ...
09/21/2020

So glad that NYUGreen has put together a shortlist of events happening this week for #ClimateWeekNYC! We are loving the Art and Activism symposium scheduled for Friday, September 25. Check out NYU Green's list and climateweeknyc.org for full event info.

Climate Week NYC (September 21-27) is a major, annual summit to spread the message of climate action locally and across the globe. Hosted by the United Nations and the City of New York, it is a way for people to get involved in a fast-growing movement towards building a better future. This year, they’re hosting dozens of events, mostly online, to showcase, and teach, the global leadership of young people and grassroots activism.

Overwhelmed by the number of #ClimateWeekNYC events? Get activated by these recommendations from the #Youth, #PublicMobilization, and #Justice track: https://buff.ly/2ZKILIP

09/18/2020

We are happy to share another narrated tour from our intern Saga Beus, who graduated with an MA in NYU’s Museum Studies program this May. This video looks back on our 2008 exhibition "New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Art Collection."
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After 1955, a number of New York School artists moved away from a “hot,” gestural style to what art critic Irving Sandler dubbed the new “cool art” of the 1960s. In this video, Saga discusses how New York artists, many living downtown in Greenwich Village and, later, SoHo, fostered a new kind of personal sensibility in tandem with a seemingly impersonal geometric style. Works in the exhibition are drawn from the @nyuniversity Art Collection, which was founded in 1958 and is particularly rich in New York School works.
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Click here to watch the video, closed captions available: https://greyartgallery.nyu.edu/2020/09/watch-look-back-virtual-tour-new-york-cool/

#newyorkcool #newyorkschool #newyorkschoolartists #downtownnyc #nycart #nyuartcollection #virtualtour #virtualmuseum #museumathome #museumstudies #nyumuseumstudies

Today's #CollectionSpotlight features the pioneering Iranian artist and graphic designer Mahmoud Javadipour (1920–2012)....
09/15/2020

Today's #CollectionSpotlight features the pioneering Iranian artist and graphic designer Mahmoud Javadipour (1920–2012).
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Javidipour’s impressionistic scenes of village life draw on traditional Persian subjects while referencing modernism. "Persian Picnic” depicts a group of men relaxing in the countryside; their turbans are in the style of those worn during the Safavid Empire (1501–1736). Javadipour, who had studied in Munich during the 1950s, worked in a variety of styles including the traditional mode seen here, inspired by miniature painting. The dark-colored lines created by the woodcut printing technique, for example, mirror the visible brushstrokes of Impressionist painting.
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Javadipour was one of the founding members of Apadana, the first art gallery in Tehran, which opened in September 1949. Although it remained open for less than a year, it quickly became a gathering site for intellectuals.
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Images: (1) Mahmoud Javadipour, “Persian Picnic,” 1961. Woodcut on paper, 21 5/8 x 17 1/2 in. Grey Art Gallery, NYU Art Collection, Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.2; (2) Photograph of Mahmoud Javadipour from mahmoudjavadipour.com
#mahmoudjavadipour #iranianmodernart #iranianart #iranianartist #abbyweedgreycollection #nyuartcollection #universitymuseum

The Village Alliance
09/11/2020

The Village Alliance

Today we remember those we lost on that tragic day 19 years ago. Every time we glance towards downtown, we remember the true resiliency of this city. #NeverForget

09/08/2020

In a wide-ranging oral history interview, Michèle Wong, Associate Director and Head of Exhibitions and Collections at the Grey Art Gallery (and NYU Steinhardt ART Department alum!), shares highlights from her 40+ year career at the gallery in conversation with Monica Marchese, Graduate Intern. In this clip, Michèle talks about her earliest years at the Grey.
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During her tenure, Michèle has served under three directors and worked on nearly 270 exhibitions featuring works by David Hockney, Frida Kahlo, Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Parviz Tanavoli, and Andy Warhol, among many others.
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Click here to watch the full video: https://greyartgallery.nyu.edu/2020/08/michele-wong-conversation-monica-marchese/

#greyartgallery #nyuart #nyualumni #oralhistory #nyuniversity #universitymuseum

Our friends at Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU have announced the fall schedule for two year-long...
09/03/2020

Our friends at Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU have announced the fall schedule for two year-long series of virtual events, Digital Forays in Middle East Studies, and Global Uprising! Please see these posters for topics, speakers, and registration links. :)

Important Update: The Grey Art Gallery at NYU, which has been closed to the public since March 14, 2020 to limit the spr...
09/02/2020

Important Update: The Grey Art Gallery at NYU, which has been closed to the public since March 14, 2020 to limit the spread of COVID-19, will remain closed until fall of 2021. The exhibition "Taking Shape: Abstraction in the Arab World, 1950s–1980s," which was on view when the museum closed, will not reopen. This fall, the upper level of the Grey will transform into a temporary study center for NYU students while the museum remains active in the digital sphere. Read the full statement - https://mailchi.mp/nyu/press-release-grey-art-gallery-closed-until-fall-2021-study-center

Congratulations to NYU Steinhardt ART Department faculty Noel W. Anderson on his solo exhibition Papers of the Archive n...
08/31/2020

Congratulations to NYU Steinhardt ART Department faculty Noel W. Anderson on his solo exhibition Papers of the Archive now open at JDJ | Icehouse in Garrison, New York. You can visit the exhibition through October 11.

Noel W. Anderson is known for his explorations into the evolving makeup of black male identity as seen through the lens of American media. Using a variety of materials, predominantly textiles and experimental printmaking processes, the source images are heavily manipulated—blown up, warped and distorted, limbs bending into unrealistic postures, as though the images are transforming right before our eyes.

The six unique handmade paper objects on view were produced during Anderson’s 2018 residency at the renowned papermaking institution Dieu Donné in New York. Several works from this series were recently exhibited in museum exhibitions at BRIC, Brooklyn and the Hunter Museum in Tennessee.

Installation images from PAPERS OF THE ARCHIVE Noel's solo presentation at JDJ| Icehouse in Garrison, NY
Open today:
#noelwanderson

We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of eminent artist #SiahArmajani (1939–2020).•••Siah Armajani was born and rais...
08/28/2020

We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of eminent artist #SiahArmajani (1939–2020).
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Siah Armajani was born and raised in Tehran. His activism in support of social justice and political reform while in Iran led to his forced emigration to the U.S. in 1960. ⁣⁣Armajani attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota; he majored in philosophy while he painted in a studio in the warehouse section of Minneapolis. It was in St. Paul that Abby Weed Grey, founder of the Grey Art Gallery, met Armajani and collected half a dozen works that revealed the artist's early intellectual and artistic experimentation.
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The artist's early calligraphic works, like "Prayer for the Sun" (1962) and "Calligraphy" (1964), represent the origins of his long-term interest in exploring the pictorial relationship between word and image. By the mid-1960s, Armajani began to treat writing as a readymade image to be copied––"Warren Report" (1965) utilizes text from the official but widely questioned account of the assassination of President Kennedy.
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The three aforementioned artworks were included in "Siah Armajani: Follow This Line," which opened at the #MetBreuer in Feb. 2019 and at the @walkerartcenter in Minneapolis in Sept. 2018.

Images: (1) Detail of “Calligraphy," 1964. Ink on canvas, 60 x 41 1/2 in. Grey Art Gallery, NYU Art Collection, Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.82; (2) Detail of “Prayer for the Sun," 1962, Oil on canvas, 48 1/4 x 32 in, Grey Art Gallery, NYU Art Collection, Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.81; (3) Armajani in 2019 at The Met Breuer @metmodern ; (4) Detail of “Warren Report," 1965, Books, ribbon & wax set in wood, 44 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 4 1/2 in, Grey Art Gallery, NYU Art Collection, Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.84

A great project to explore today, which marks the official 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment ...
08/26/2020

A great project to explore today, which marks the official 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment into the US Constitution!

Highlight from the #100Years100Women virtual exhibition, Women Creating Nouns, Not Adjectives: Zalika Azim, Their Golden Jubilee (2020), Virtual Installation

In 1840, the barring of several women from the London World Anti-Slavery Convention prompted a mass uprising and wave of revolts by women across Europe and the United States. While these revolts resulted in the organization of several Women’s Conventions throughout the US, many women of color found themselves outcast from the established “Declaration of Sentiments,” which shaped the agenda for women’s activism and the 19th amendment. Utilizing their homes, churches, gardens, and other communal spaces to convene without the threat of racial tensions, these women forged ahead and collectively established spaces that doubled as venues for radical political activism.

The works Their Golden Jubilee and Requiem (for their golden jubilee) explore and celebrate these various safe spaces through referencing documentation of convenings, recordings, and journals connected to several African American suffragettes

See the online exhibition: https://buff.ly/2EfiScn

08/21/2020
CLIP: Tracing: Inventing Downtown

The recording of the webinar, "Tracing: Inventing Downtown" is now online! https://youtu.be/P-BaO-fGelU

In this conversation, Melissa Rachleff, curator of "Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965," reunited with Lynn Gumpert, Director of the Grey Art Gallery, and Maya Allison, Executive Director of NYUAD Art Gallery. Taking the exhibition "Inventing Downtown"––which originated at the Grey in January '17 and traveled to Abu Dhabi later that year––as a point of departure, the conversation explored questions around the definition and formation of art scenes: What is an art scene? How does one form? In this clip, Maya Allison shares some of her thoughts.

Attention NYU undergrads: Our friend Professor Edward Sullivan will teach an art history course this fall in NYU's Big I...
08/18/2020

Attention NYU undergrads: Our friend Professor Edward Sullivan will teach an art history course this fall in NYU's Big Ideas series, an online course series open to all undergraduate students. #Linkinbio for course info!
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The course "Founders of Modernity in the Arts of the Americas" will guide students through an exploration of the development of a modern spirit in the arts of North & South America & the Caribbean from 1920 to 1980, with special attention paid to the artistic contributions of Afro-descendant, Asian-American, and LGBTQ+ artists, & people with disabilities. This course is offered Thursdays this fall at 9:30–10:30 am Eastern Time.
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For those of us who can't take the course, check out Professor Sullivan's recent webinar in collaboration with @nyuifa & @nyualumni titled "Landscapes of Construction and Extinction: Art and Ecology in the Americas." Head to the link in our bio to check out the lecture!

A great list––proud to have such amazing neighbors! 😊
08/18/2020

A great list––proud to have such amazing neighbors! 😊

In honor of #NationalNonprofitDay, we wanted to give a shoutout to some of the great non-profit organizations that call Greenwich Village home. Organizations like Arts On Site, Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art New York and Westbeth Artists Housing and Center for the Arts help make our neighborhood the vibrant community it is. Check out our website to learn more about Greenwich Village's many institutions.

https://greenwichvillage.nyc/places/

Pictured: Swiss Institute

08/13/2020
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

We love learning about ancient objects from our friends at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. Watch this short video to find out why the Ishtar Gate is blue!

For today’s Object History post we offer up our second curator-led short talk to wade into the waters of understanding the use of color and material in ancient Babylonia.

In this video, curator Anastasia Amrhein looks closely at several objects in the exhibition to answer a question that has been raised by many visitors to A Wonder to Behold-- "Why is the Ishtar Gate blue?”

#isawnyu #isawishtarslion #awondertobehold #museumsfromhome #objecthistory

NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation
08/13/2020

NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation

Tune in Tuesday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. for Part II of Park Avenue Armory and National Black Theatre’s “100 Years | 100 Women” initiative, which asked a diverse group of more than 100 artists, activists, scholars, students, and community leaders to creatively respond to the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted some women the right to vote.

Learn more & register now to attend the Virtual Watch Party: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/100-years-100-women-virtual-watch-party-tickets-115127671966?aff=NYU

Image Credit: (📷: “Chillin’ with Lady Liberty”, Renee Cox, 1998. Courtesy Renee Cox)

Today's #CollectionSpotlight is this 1966 portrait by American artist Maybelle Stamper (1907–1995) depicting the Grey Ar...
08/11/2020

Today's #CollectionSpotlight is this 1966 portrait by American artist Maybelle Stamper (1907–1995) depicting the Grey Art Gallery's founder, Abby Weed Grey.
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In 1943, Maybelle Stamper withdrew from the New York art world to the secluded domain of Captiva Island, off the Gulf Coast of Florida, where she made art for more than 50 years. During this time, she became increasingly interested in the art & literature of the late-19th-century Symbolists, who sought to rediscover the soul through spiritual engagement with the world. This portrait of Abby Weed Grey calls to mind the art of Odilon Redon, and evokes a melancholic, dreamlike world.
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This work was featured in our 2005 exhibition "Multiple Identities," which presented 30 portraits from the NYU Art Collection. The exhibition was conceived as a dialogue with the concurrent show "Mapping/Sitting" in which contemporary artists Walid Raad & Akram Zaatari presented installations that explore how photographic portraits operated in the Arab world over the past century.
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Image: Maybelle Stamper, Of Abby, 1966 (detail). Oil on masonite, 24 x 19 1/4 in. Gift of Abby Weed Grey, G1975.524

#maybellestamper #nyuartcollection #universityartcollection #nyuart #universitymuseum #abbyweedgrey #portrait #modernart #modernportait

Did you know that August 26, 2020 marks the official 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment into t...
08/05/2020

Did you know that August 26, 2020 marks the official 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment into the U.S. Constitution? It's the perfect time to explore “Women’s Suffrage and the Media,” an online database collating primary and secondary sources (writings, archival materials, photographs + art, video, exhibitions, and more!) to chronicle and examine the suffrage movement as portrayed in media & other aspects of public life. The site is hosted by @nyu_journalism & conceived by NYU journalism professor Brooke Kroeger & members of the American Journalism Historians Association.
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Widespread and enduring inequality and racism kept Black women and other women of color disenfranchised until the passage of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. The database includes the @smithsoniannpg exhibition, “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” which seeks to tell a more complete story of the movement through portraits of women who represent different races, ages, and fields of endeavor. Pictured here is a photograph from the exhibition, a portrait of the prominent journalist, activist, and researcher Ida B. Wells.
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Head to our bio for links to the database and this exhibition! And make sure to explore @WomensVote100 's #ForwardIntoLight campaign. ⭐️

Image: Ida B. Wells-Barnett (c. 1893) by Sallie E. Garrity. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

#womenssuffrage #womenshistory #womensvote100 #disenfrancisement #womenssuffrageandthemedia #suffragearchives

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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 Colt, 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 Weed 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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