Foundation Welcomes 1,000 Visitors for Open House New York 2018

Foundation Welcomes 1,000 Visitors for Open House New York 2018

October 15, 2018

With the help of Open House New York volunteers, the Foundation welcomed 1,000 visitors during the weekend of October 13-14, 2018. Visitors were able to visit the first floor gallery and studio, the temporary exhibition Teaching Through Touch: Works by Chaim Gross, and the historic living spaces on the third floor. 

 

Open House New York Weekend is a citywide celebration of architecture, urban design, and New York City. Every October, more than 250 buildings and projects across New York's five boroughs open their doors to the public for tours and talks with architects, urban designers, historians, preservationists, and city leaders.

 

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 2018 OHNY Weekend Event Guide.

Foundation Launches Volunteer Educator Program

Foundation Launches Volunteer Educator Program

September 24, 2018

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.

 

Dr. Susan Fisher joins Board of Directors

Dr. Susan Fisher joins Board of Directors

August 17, 2018

The Board and staff of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Susan Fisher to the Board of Directors. Dr. Fisher is the Acting Chief Curator and Director of Collections at the Brooklyn Museum, and served as the Foundation’s Executive Director and Chief Curator from 2009 to 2017. In sharing her thoughts about the appointment, President Mimi Gross wrote, "A serious worker, a shining light, a loyal and close friend, charming and intelligent, Susan has given us a gift for the sustainability of our modest Foundation."

 

 

Foundation hosts Poetry Reading with Dr. Barry Zaret

Foundation hosts Poetry Reading with Dr. Barry Zaret

May 30, 2018

The Foundation hosted 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. 

 

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 personal relationships. His friendship with Gross is exemplified in a poem about the studio and his contemplations of Gross's fantasy drawings. The poem "Wedding Day", a response to one of the fantasy drawings, can be read on Dr. Zaret's website.

 

In addition to reading his poetry at the event, Dr. Zaret also shared his eulogy given for Gross in the summer of 1991. A link is provided below.

Over 100 visitors attend Reception for the Reopening of the Studio

Over 100 visitors attend Reception for the Reopening of the Studio

May 10, 2018

The Foundation welcomed over 100 visitors on Thursday, May 10 for a special reception to celebrate the reopening of Chaim Gross's historic sculpture studio. The Foundation also had free open hours on Saturday, May 12 for those visitors unable to attend the reception. The studio had 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 the space is now available for tours

 

The restoration project is generously supported by The New York Landmarks Conservancy and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. 

 

East Side Girl highlighted for Metropolitan Museum Volunteer Educators

East Side Girl highlighted for Metropolitan Museum Volunteer Educators

April 18, 2018

East Side Girl, a prominently displayed early wood sculpture by Chaim Gross at the Metrpolitan Museun of Art, was hightlighted in a special conversation with 30 Metropolitan Museum of Art volunteer educators on April 18, 2018. The discussion was led by Dr. Randall Griffey, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Gross Foundation advisory board member. Board President Mimi Gross shared her memories of her father and information on his technique, style, and content. Executive Director Sasha Davis provided information about the Foundation and Gross's biography.

Historic Artists' Homes & Studios program welcomes Foundation as new member

Historic Artists' Homes & Studios program welcomes Foundation as new member

February 12, 2018

The Foundation is thrilled to join the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Artists' Homes & Studios (HAHS) program along with three other sites.

Art in America covers Downtown Culture Talk: Jackie Ferrara and Mimi Gross

Art in America covers Downtown Culture Talk: Jackie Ferrara and Mimi Gross

November 21, 2017

Foundation opens to almost 1,000 visitors for Open House New York Weekend 2017

Foundation opens to almost 1,000 visitors for Open House New York Weekend 2017

October 15, 2017

Foundation partners with VoCA for Downtown Forever: Artists and Conservators in Conversation

Foundation partners with VoCA for Downtown Forever: Artists and Conservators in Conversation

July 14, 2017

Foundation hosts Joan Mitchell Foundation's CALL artist Otto Neals' VoCA Talk

Foundation hosts Joan Mitchell Foundation's CALL artist Otto Neals' VoCA Talk

December 15, 2016

New exhibit on Chaim Gross opens at Educational Alliance Art School

New exhibit on Chaim Gross opens at Educational Alliance Art School

Exhibit celebrates a 70-year relationship between artist and school

November 10, 2016

Foundation welcomes over 1,000 visitors during Open House New York Weekend

Foundation welcomes over 1,000 visitors during Open House New York Weekend

Fourth year participating in the five-borough event

October 15-16, 2016

Foundation Hosts over 70 people from Greenwich Village Community for Plaque Unveiling

Foundation Hosts over 70 people from Greenwich Village Community for Plaque Unveiling

Plaque Awarded by Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and Two Boots Foundation

October 6, 2016

The Magazine Antiques publishes feature article on Chaim Gross and the Foundation

The Magazine Antiques publishes feature article on Chaim Gross and the Foundation

Scholar Diana Linden explores Gross's work and the Foundation in "Sculpting Joy"

September 1, 2016

Foundation initiates paid high-school internship program

Foundation initiates paid high-school internship program

Partnership is with Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology in Hell's Kitchen

September 1, 2016

Welcome to our first UA intern, Cynthia Bergello!

Foundation hosts Frick Library & Center for Italian Modern Art  Summer Interns

Foundation hosts Frick Library & Center for Italian Modern Art Summer Interns

Interns come for a tour and professional develoment session with CIMA's Ilaria Conti

August 9, 2016

Foundation featured in Hyperallergic

Foundation featured in Hyperallergic

August 2, 2016

Foundation is featured in ARTnews

Foundation is featured in ARTnews

July 29, 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter from the Director

June 23, 2016

Soho Arts Network Interns Visit the Watson Library at the Met

Soho Arts Network Interns Visit the Watson Library at the Met

June 3, 2016

Over 20 interns from the 16 non-profit arts organizations in the SoHo Arts Network were welcomed by Ken Soehner, Chief Librarian of the Watson Library and other staff at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a behind-the-scenes look at this renowned research library. They were also introduced to new acquisitions, including modern and contemporary artists' books.

SoHo Memory Project Mobile Museum in Residence during April and May

SoHo Memory Project Mobile Museum in Residence during April and May

May 1, 2016

In partnership with the SoHo Arts Network, the Foundation hosted a free and interactive public program with the SoHo Memory Project to learn about the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood. SoHo historian Yukie Ohta presented the SoHo Memory Project Portable Historical Society, a mobile museum featuring the sights, sounds, and smells of SoHo in the 1970s through such unconventional media as Viewmaster viewers, 3-D printed miniatures, and a smell station. For the first session, Ohta gave a lecture and presentation, and for the second session, the Foundation hosted the SMP's mobile museum outside on LaGuardia Place for special Saturday hours. The program was generously supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Foundation's Curator of Collections Sasha Davis will attend Attingham Summer Program

Foundation's Curator of Collections Sasha Davis will attend Attingham Summer Program

April 17, 2016

The Foundation's Curator of Collections Sasha Davis has been accepted into the prestigious Attingham Summer School for 2016.  Sasha will travel to Britain in early July to study historic houses and collections with other Attingham fellows. We look forward to learning from her as we continue to research, preserve, and share Chaim Gross's historic home, sculpture studio and art collections with our public.

Foundation Hosts SoHo Memory Project's Mobile Museum

Foundation Hosts SoHo Memory Project's Mobile Museum

First of two programs with SMP at the Foundation

April 14, 2016

The Foundation offered a free and interactive public program with the SoHo Memory Project to learn about the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood. SoHo historian Yukie Ohta presented the SoHo Memory Project Portable Historical Society, a mobile museum featuring the sights, sounds, and smells of SoHo in the 1970s through such unconventional media as Viewmaster viewers, 3-D printed miniatures, and a smell station.

This program is generously supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

In partnership with the SoHo Arts Network, the program will travel to sites throughout SoHo through July 2016. Further information is available here: http://www.sohoarts.org/SAN-NYCHA-press-release-12-17-15.pdf

Co-Founder of New England Center for Circus Arts Elsie Smith Gives Talk & Demonstration

Co-Founder of New England Center for Circus Arts Elsie Smith Gives Talk & Demonstration

In Conjuction with Foundation's Circus & Vaudeville exhibit

March 20, 2016

Elsie Smith gave a talk featuring the Visual Arts of Chaim Gross and photography from the New England Center for Circus Arts, and explored the circus-themed sculpture and drawings of Chaim Gross currently featured in the Foundation's 2016 special exhibit, Circus & Vaudeville. She used photographs from performances and classes at the premiere circus arts training school in the United States, as well as the real bodies that inspired the art, through the eyes of a world-traveled performer who has been featured with Cirque du Soleil and other companies. A live circus performance was also featured.

Foundation welcomes interns Maia Ferrari and Jonathan Bromley for Spring 2016

Foundation welcomes interns Maia Ferrari and Jonathan Bromley for Spring 2016

february 25, 2016

Stephen Powers joins Mimi Gross for walkthrough of Circus & Vaudeville

Stephen Powers joins Mimi Gross for walkthrough of Circus & Vaudeville

Powers's site-specific installation currently on view at Brooklyn Museum

february 25, 2016

Futurepoem readings: Charles Bernstein, Rachel Levitsky and Edwin Torres

Futurepoem readings: Charles Bernstein, Rachel Levitsky and Edwin Torres

Foundation's first event with this NYC-based poetry publishing collaborative

February 11, 2016

Foundation Welcomes Painter Judy Glantzman and Students

Foundation Welcomes Painter Judy Glantzman and Students

Third year of daylong sketching program at Foundation for New York Studio School students

December 4, 2015

Students use Chaim Gross's sculpture and extensive collection of American, European and African art as inspiration.

Foundation hosts joint reception with Anne Frank Center USA

Foundation hosts joint reception with Anne Frank Center USA

An evening of art and discussion to honor the voice and vision of Chaim Gross and Anne Frank

December 2, 2015

The Foundation and Center hosted a cocktail reception to celebrate the tremendous contribution both of these remarkable individuals have made to the creative arts. They responded to their Jewish heritage from distinct yet intersecting historical periods with a voice and vision that is both unique yet universal.

 

A specially curated tour of Chaim Gross's astounding private art collection was led by Dr. Susan Fisher, art historian and Executive Director of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, with opening remarks by New York painter Mimi Gross, daughter of the artist.

Yiddish Scholar Kathryn Hellerstein Reads Yiddish Poems on Art, including work by Naftoli Gross, brother of Chaim Gross

Yiddish Scholar Kathryn Hellerstein Reads Yiddish Poems on Art, including work by Naftoli Gross, brother of Chaim Gross

Public program in Conjunction with our 2015 Exhibit "The Word of Modern Art: Artists as Writers"

October 29, 2015

Foundation Welcomes over 600 visitors for 2015 Open House New York Weekend

Foundation Welcomes over 600 visitors for 2015 Open House New York Weekend

Third year that the Foundation opens its doors for this exceptional five-borough event

October 17, 2015

Poet and critic Raphael Rubinstein reads his "A Geniza"

Poet and critic Raphael Rubinstein reads his "A Geniza"

Public program In Collaboration with Granary Books

October 8, 2015

Poet Simon Pettet reads artists' poems and his own work

Poet Simon Pettet reads artists' poems and his own work

Public program in Conjunction with our 2015 Exhibit "The Word of Modern Art: Artists as Writers"

September 24, 2015

Pettet reads his own work along with poems by Pablo Picasso, Louis Michel Eilshemius, and Marsden Hartley, and others featured in the Foundation's exhibition.

Foundation Welcomes Fall 2015 Interns Brittany Cassandra and Joseph Marron

Foundation Welcomes Fall 2015 Interns Brittany Cassandra and Joseph Marron

Cassandra a Graduate Student at NYU Museum Studies Program; Marron an undergraduate at CUNY Staten Island

September 1, 2015

U Penn Professor Al Filreis Hosts NYC ModPo Meet-Up at Foundation

U Penn Professor Al Filreis Hosts NYC ModPo Meet-Up at Foundation

An Onsite Poetry Class on 20th-Century American Poetry also Broadcast Online

September 2015

Foundation wins 2015 Village Award

Foundation wins 2015 Village Award

Given by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

June 17, 2015

"The Foundation more than merits recognition and support for its contribution to the Greenwich Village community and its artistic heritage, and GVSHP is proud to recognize an inspiring institution which has preserved and made available to the public an unparalleled collection of paintings, sculpture, and photography that speaks to the incredible and inspiring artistic tradition of Greenwich Village."

Foundation featured in 111 Places in New York That You Must Not Miss by Jo-Anne Elikann

July 15, 2015

Foundation Welcomes Erin Dodge as 2015 Summer and Fall Furniture Conservation Intern

Dodge a second-year graduate student at NYU's Museum Studies Program

June 1, 2015

Dodge is also currently a Conservation Intern at the Hispanic Society of America.

Susan Fisher and Mimi Gross Participate in International Symposium on American Art supported by Terra Foundation

Susan Fisher and Mimi Gross Participate in International Symposium on American Art supported by Terra Foundation

Dr. Fisher presents paper on sculptors as writers; Gross serves as moderator for closing panel

May 15, 2015

“Wordstruck: American Artists as Readers, Writers & Literati,” at Maria Curie-SkÅ‚odowska University

May 13–16, 2015
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland

For many American artists—as diverse as Washington Allston, Marsden Hartley, Ad Reinhardt, Robert Motherwell, and John Cage—writing was an essential art-making procedure, connected to other creative practices. By considering both artistic and utilitarian writings of American painters, this three-day symposium offers a literary perspective on the contribution of artists’ philosophical and aesthetic thought to the development of American culture and society. Organizers aim to challenge one stereotype that artists do not create new ideas but merely interpret, in visual form, those of others.

The entire symposium includes 13 sessions: six keynote lectures and 26 shorter presentations by scholars from Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.

Foundation a Founding Member of New Soho Arts Network

Foundation a Founding Member of New Soho Arts Network

Joining Judd Foundation, the Drawing Center, Center for Modern Italian Art, and 13 other non-profit art spaces in Soho

Spring 2015

Smithsonian Curator Dr. Karen Lemmey Discusses Her New Exhibit

Smithsonian Curator Dr. Karen Lemmey Discusses Her New Exhibit

Public Lecture on the "Direct Carving" exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

April 30, 2015

Exhibit includes two major works by Chaim Gross from the Smithsonian's permanent collection.

Pulitzer-prize finalist Ron Padgett reads artists' poems and his own work

Pulitzer-prize finalist Ron Padgett reads artists' poems and his own work

Public program in Conjunction with our 2015 Exhibit "The Word of Modern Art: Artists as Writers"

April 21, 2015

Video of this event coming soon!

Foundation Director Susan Fisher speaks on Chaim Gross at American Academy in Rome

Paper is part of symposium on American artists in postwar Rome

January 16-17, 2015

Foundation Welcomes Two January-Term Interns from Oberlin College

Foundation Welcomes Two January-Term Interns from Oberlin College

Fifth year that Foundation hosts interns from the school

January 1, 2015

This year's interns are Noah Margulis and Elizabeth Akant.