Building Identity: Chaim Gross and Artists' Homes & Studios in New York City, 1953-1974

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation

Opening Reception February 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm

January 19 – June 30, 2017

Press Release

How does an artist write his or her own story through architecture, interiors, and objects collected and displayed? What makes this a distinctive way of defining a legacy beyond their own works? This exhibit examines the history of the Greenwich Village home and studio of American sculptor Chaim Gross. It explores how he wrote his own story through 526 LaGuardia Place, which he purchased with his wife Renee in 1962 after having studios downtown since the late 1920s. The exhibit also considers the building and collections within the broader context of artists' homes and studios in the Village, SoHo and beyond in the 1950s and 60s.


Curated by Susan Fisher, Executive Director, and Sasha Davis, Curator of Collections

Installation by Mimi Gross and Mike Levy


Catalogue available, with essays by Susan Fisher, Sasha Davis, and architecture scholar Dr. Marisa Angell. Major funding for the publication generously provided by the Tavolozza Foundation.

Featuring works by:

Benny Andrews

Willem De Kooning

John Frank

Red Grooms

Chaim Gross

Mimi Gross

Ibram Lassaw

Bruno Lucchesi

Roberto Matta

Irving Marantz

Jay Milder

Fairfield Porter


Photographs by:

Marvin Bolotsky


Budd Studio

Eliot Elisofon

Richard Alan Fox

Barrett Gallagher

Allen Ginsberg

Lewis Jacobs

Curt Kaufman

Chaim Gross

Leon Kuzmanoff

Arnold Newman

Walter Rosenblum

Walter J. Russell

Alfredo Valente

Susan Weiley