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.
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 1, 2018 and are available below.
Please join us Wednesday, May 30 for a reading by Dr. Barry Zaret, whose 2017 book of poetry, When You Can't Do Any More, includes four poems in memory of Chaim Gross (1904-91).
Dr. Zaret is a renowned cardiologist who holds the title of Robert W. Berliner Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Senior Research Scientist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is a painter, and published his first volume of poetry, Journeys, in 2012. His poetry is drawn from his life experiences as a doctor, interest in the natural world, and his relationships. His personal connection to Gross is exemplified in a work about the studio and his contemplations of Gross's fantasy drawings.
Please join us on Thursday, May 10 for a special reception to celebrate the reopening of Chaim Gross's historic sculpture studio. The studio has been partially closed since summer 2017 when water infiltration at the base of the skylight threatened to damage the sculptures, tools, and materials housed below. The Grosses purchased the 526 LaGuardia Place building in 1962, renovating the space to accomodate Gross's dream of combining his home and studio in one building; the dramatic, modernist skylight was one of the features put in at the time. This unique space has been returned to its original appearance, and we look forward to sharing the reopening with the public.
We will also have free open hours on Saturday, May 12 from 1-5 pm for those that are unable to attend the reception, but would like to see the restored studio.
The restoration project is generously supported by The New York Landmarks Conservancy and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
We would also like to thank all of individual donors who supported the project.
Join us on Saturday, April 28 for the Downtown Culture Walk, a self-guided walking tour presented by the SoHo Arts Network (SAN), highlighting the non-profit art spaces in SoHo and surrounding downtown neighborhoods. See the map and programming brochure here via Art in America. Maps will also be available at the Foundation.
The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation will have open hours from 12 - 6 pm, with a special discussion of the restoration of the sculpture studio skylight at 3 pm with Executive Director, Sasha Davis.
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 non-profit art spaces in the neighborhood. Walkthroughs, talks, open hours, and other programming will be offered that day for free or reduced admission.
The Downtown Culture Walk is supported by Art in America.
Map by NY Art Maps.