Film screening and discussion: "Marcia Marcus: Art in the Family"

Film screening and discussion: "Marcia Marcus: Art in the Family"

June 25, 2019, 6-8 pm

Seating is limited, RSVP Required


Please join us for a screening of “Marcia Marcus: Art in the Family,” a documentary film in progress about painter Marcia Marcus (b. 1928), whose two-person exhibition Double Portrait with Mimi Gross is on view at the Shirley Fiterman Center at BMCC through July 27.


The film features paintings by Marcus, photographs from her extensive archive, interviews with artists and scholars, and an oral history with Marcus from 1975, which was conducted by Paul Cummings for the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.


The 70-minute film is produced, directed, and edited by Kate Prendergast. The film includes appearances from Marcia Marcus, Mimi Gross, Marti Edelheit, Red Grooms, Sheila Schwid, Bill Barrell and Terence Barrell, Jennifer Samet, Melissa Rachleff Burtt, Andrew Hottle, with narration by Nello McDaniel.


Following the film, we will have a discussion with Kate Prendergast and scholar Melissa Rachleff Burtt.


Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Eventbrite here.

Tactile Transmissions

Tactile Transmissions

Tuesdays – Feb. 19, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11

June 11, 2019, 6-7:30 pm

Free, RSVP Required  


Please note that our February 12 session has been rescheduled to February 19 due to inclement weather.


The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is excited to introduce our newest program, “Tactile Transmissions,” a 90-minute Access Program geared toward visitors who are blind or partially sighted. “Tactile Transmissions” encourages participants to touch and create while surrounded by Gross’s sculptures and drawings. The program focuses on the historic workspace, materials, and current tactile exhibition, Teaching Through Touch: Works by Chaim Grossutilizing verbal description, touch, and making. Visitors will work with our talented educators Nitza Danieli, Pamela Lawton, Annie Leist, and Deborah Lutz. 


Each session will have a different theme:

February 19 - "Finding Form"

March 12 - "Shifting Materials"

April 9 - "The Body and Distortion"

May 14 - "From Line to Plane"

June 11 - "Truth to Materials"


Due to limited space, please RSVP to Brittany Cassandra by phone 212-529-4906 or email If you would like to bring a guest, please let us know. 


Getting Here

The Foundation is located at 526 LaGuardia Place, between Bleecker Street and West Third Street. After passing through a wrought iron gate, please enter through the door at your left. There is a buzzer to the left of the door if needed. The first, second, and third floors are accessible by elevator.


Conversations with Conservators: A Benefit to Support Conservation at the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation

Conversations with Conservators: A Benefit to Support Conservation at the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation

May 30, 2019, 6-9 PM

Please join us for "Conversations with Conservators: A Benefit to Support Conservation at the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation." The benefit will include a cocktail reception, discussions with conservators, and a chance to spend time at the historic home, studio, and art collections of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.


All proceeds from ticket sales and donations from this event will go directly towards the conservation of one or more works in the Foundation's collection.


Tickets: $50, available here or at the door; please note that space is limited



Meet our speakers:


Lauren Fly, Fly Arts Initiative


Lauren Fly is the founder of the Fly Arts Initiative, a fine art conservation and collections management practice based in New York, NY. With more than 15 years of international experience in paintings conservation and collections care, Lauren works with museums, private collectors, galleries, and other stewards of cultural heritage to preserve and protect their objects. She is passionate about promoting and demystifying conservation to the wider public, and loves talking about little things that can make a big difference.


Donna Page


Donna Page provides conservation and restoration services to collectors, galleries and museums throughout the US, specializing in African wood and terracotta artifacts. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; taught at Illinois Wesleyan, Drew University, Queensborough College-CUNY; and worked with the L. Kahan Gallery of African Art (1980-98). She is co-author and co-editor of several books on African art, including Surfaces: Color, Substances and Ritual Applications in African Art (Indiana University Press, 2009).


Christopher Skura, Alvarez Conservation Services


Christopher Skura joined Alvarez in 2007 following a 20 year career as a museum professional and then as a studio assistant to master paintings conservator, Dr. Charles Von Nostitz in New York City. From 1997 - 2010 he owned and operated a gilded surface and period frame restoration studio. Christopher has also been a studio assistant to many artists, including John Chamberlain and Hunt Slonem, and has completed James Bernstein's Mastering Inpainting Workshop at the Ringling Museum of Art. Christopher is a practicing artist and holds degrees in studio art from The Ringling College of Art and Design and liberal arts from New York University.

Realism, Naturalism, and Abstraction in African Portraits with Dr. George Nelson Preston

Realism, Naturalism, and Abstraction in African Portraits with Dr. George Nelson Preston

May 9, 2019, 6-7:30 pm

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation welcomes Dr. George Nelson Preston, the Co-Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Art and Origins, for a discussion on abstraction, naturalism, and the emblematic in portraiture among the Akan of Ghana from c.1650 CE to present. The talk will be supplemented by examples from Nok, Yoruba, Edo, and select southern Bantu traditions. 


Dr. Preston is an artist and scholar of African art, curator, collector, and has written extensively on traditional and contemporary African Arts. Most recently, his work, collection, and philosophies were featured in an exhibition titled The Creative and Spiritual World of George Nelson Preston at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, which runs through May 3. 


Join us for this exciting lecture on Thursday, May 9 from 6 - 7:30 pm. 


Tickets are $7 and can be purchased here


Image courtesy of Dr. George Nelson Preston.

SAN's Downtown Culture Walk

SAN's Downtown Culture Walk

April 27, 2019, 12-6 pm

Join us on Saturday, April 27 for the Downtown Culture Walk, a self-guided walking tour presented by the SoHo Arts Network (SAN), highlighting the nonprofit art spaces in SoHo and surrounding downtown neighborhoods. For more information, including other participating organizations the programming schedule, see the map here. Maps will also be available at the Foundation.


The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation will host free open hours from 12 - 6pm of the first, second and third floors. All floors are accessible by elevator. 


SAN celebrates the rich history of our unique creative community and collectively shares our distinct cultural contributions with neighborhood residents and visitors. We are inviting participants to discover the nonprofit are spaces in the neighborhood. Walkthroughs, talks, open hours, and other programming will be offered that day for free or reduced admission.

Art in America is the media partner for the SoHo Art Network's Downtown Culture Walk.
Map by NY Art Maps.


Textures and Techniques: A Hands-on Workshop with Historic African Arts

Textures and Techniques: A Hands-on Workshop with Historic African Arts

April 11, 2019, 6:30-8 pm

Free, RSVP Required


Join Dr. Kristen Windmuller-Luna, Sills Family Consulting Curator, African Arts at the Brooklyn Museum, as she guides workshop participants through verbal description and handling of works from the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation's collection of historic African arts. "Textures and Techniques: A Hands-on Workshop with Historic African Arts" allows visitors to tactilely experience the objects while exploring materials, surface textures, and methods of manufacture. 


Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Brittany Cassandra by phone 212-529-4906 or email