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 bcassandra@rcgrossfoundation.org.

Tactile Transmissions

Tactile Transmissions

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

February 19, 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 bcassandra@rcgrossfoundation.org. 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.


Saving the Light: Restoration of Artist's Spaces in the Village

Saving the Light: Restoration of Artist's Spaces in the Village

November 29, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm

The Village's long history as a hub for creatives altered the neighborhood's built architecture. Thanks to thorough restoration and preservation efforts, we can still enjoy these historic spaces. In this special panel conversation, we will gain glimpses of the mysterious spaces where artists created and displayed their work. From 2017 to 2018, the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation underwent an extensive restoration of Chaim Gross's studio. Similar work restored Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's studio at the New York Studio School, and Salmagundi Club's main gallery.  

Architects, builders, and coordinators Kurt Hirschberg, Michael Devonshire, Alicia Cooper, and Carl Culbreth will join Gross Foundation Executive Director Sasha Davis to discuss these spaces, the restorations, and more. 

Co-Sponsored by the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, the Salmagundi Art Club, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation


Seating is limited for this event. To join the waitlist, please use THIS LINK.

Opening Reception

Opening Reception

Teaching Through Touch: Works by Chaim Gross

November 7, 2018, 6-8 pm

Please join us Wednesday, November 7 for a free reception to celebrate the opening of our new in-house exhibition Teaching Through Touch: Works by Chaim Gross.


The 70-year career of American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91) is partially defined by his role as a sculpture teacher. One of his main tenets was the importance of utilizing touch in understanding the three-dimensional nature of sculpture. Although a common thread among sculptors themselves, this very rarely makes it to the viewer, who is often distanced from the work. Gross was a great proponent of the use of natural materials, especially as his initial fame was a result of his direct carvings in wood. These sculptures retain not only the rich textures of the wood, but also contain chisel marks and other evidence of the sculptor’s hand, left to convey varied surfaces and materials. This exhibition allows visitors to have a hands-on experience with the work of one of the most significant twentieth-century American sculptors, but also delves into his various methods, materials, and his educational mission that is continued through the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation.



Open House New York

Open House New York

October 13-14, 10 am-6 pm

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is hosting open hours from 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 for Open House New York. Drop by to visit the home, studio, and art collections of Renee and Chaim Gross.


The Foundation's Salon-style installation of works on paper in the third floor dining room inspired designers to create the teal rectangle pattern on the lower righthand corner of the OHNY Weekend booklet

Reception for Prospective Volunteer Educators

Reception for Prospective Volunteer Educators

October 10, 2018, 6-8 pm

Please join us for a reception to highlight our new Volunteer Educator Program.


The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is currently seeking volunteers for our new Volunteer Educator Program. The Foundation's 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. We are looking for volunteers who are intellectually curious, excited to converse with a diverse group of visitors, and passionate about sharing the home, studio, and art collections of the Grosses with a larger public.


The aim of the Volunteer Educator Program is to increase our hours and availability to better serve our visitors. We request a time commitment of two years with one to two tours given per month after the conclusion of educational training. The educational program features guest lecturers and highlights multiple aspects of the collection, biographies of Renee and Chaim Gross, and historical context. The series takes place Wednesday evenings, 6-8 pm from January to March 2019. Volunteers must be able to use email and Google Docs when communicating with Foundation staff and other volunteers.


We are excited to reach new visitors through this program. If you have interest in becoming a Volunteer Educator, please join us at our initial reception on October 10 at the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation. Applications are due November 8, 2018 and are available below.