Shelley Rice to Lecture at MIT

23 Feb


IFA Guest Lecture with Ridha Moumni Associate Researcher, Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC, Tunis)

23 Feb

European Art in Tunisian Palaces (1837-1881)

Monday, March 6, 2017
6:00 PM in the Lecture Hall
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street

Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP. There will be a simulcast in an adjacent room to accommodate overflow. Latecomers are not guaranteed a seat.

About the Lecture: On the occasion of the groundbreaking exhibition L’éveil d’une nation (“The Awakening of a Nation”), held in Tunisia in 2016-17, curator and historian Ridha Moumni will speak about the extensive political and social changes Tunisia experienced during the Great Reforms (1837-1881) and the impact these changes had on art, architecture, and material culture. The mid-nineteenth century was marked by the decline of the Ottoman presence in Tunisia and a concurrent rise in influence from Europe, particularly from France, which shared a common border after the conquest of Algeria. The construction and decoration of new palace complexes reflected the growing economic and cultural influence from Europe as well as the evolving tastes of a new class of Tunisian dignitaries. The result was a cosmopolitan eclecticism, on display at the recent exhibition, that testified to the transformation of Tunisian society prior to its colonization by France in 1881.

Photo Credit: Louis Simil, Sadok Bey, 1859,
Department of State, Washington, D.C.

EHF Collection: Fluxus, Concept Art, Mail Art – Exhibition Opening March 7 – 6pm, co-curated by Art History student, Alice Centamore, and alum, Danielle Johnson

22 Feb



FLUXUS FAMILY REUNION – Lying down: Nam June Paik; sitting on the floor: Yasunao Tone, Simone Forti; first row: Yoshi Wada, Sara Seagull, Jackson Mac Low, Anne Tardos, Henry Flynt, Yoko Ono, La Monte Young, Peter Moore; second row: Peter Van Riper, Emily Harvey, Larry Miller, Dick Higgins, Carolee Schneemann, Ben Patterson, Jon Hendricks, Francesco Conz. (Behind Peter Moore: Marian Zazeela.) Photo by Josef Astor taken at the Emily Harvey Gallery published in Vanity Fair, July 1993.


EHF Collection
Fluxus, Concept Art, Mail Art
Emily Harvey Foundation
537 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

March 7  –  March 18, 2017  
1PM – 6:30PM or by appointment

Opening March 7 – 6pm

The second-floor loft at 537 Broadway, the charged site of Fluxus founder George Maciunas’s last New York workspace, and the Grommet Studio, where Jean Dupuy launched a pivotal phase of downtown performance art, became the Emily Harvey Gallery in 1984. Keeping the door open, and the stage lit, at the outset of a new and complex decade, Harvey ensured the continuation of these rare—and rarely profitable—activities in the heart of SoHo. At a time when conventional modes of art (such as expressive painting) returned with a vengeance, and radical practices were especially under threat, the Emily Harvey Gallery became a haven for presenting work, sharing dinners, and the occasional wedding. Harvey encouraged experimental initiatives in poetry, music, dance, performance, and the visual arts. In a short time, several artist diasporas made the gallery a new gravitational center.

As a record of its founder’s involvements, the Emily Harvey Foundation Collection features key examples of Fluxus, Concept Art, and Mail Art, extending through the 1970s and 80s. Grounded in pieces she bought from shows held at her Gallery, as so many gestures of support, Emily Harvey steadily built this collection between 1984 and 2004.

This exhibition offers a rare glimpse into that two-decade commitment, recounting the story of the gallery, and the impulses of the artists who became an integral part of it. Though her support for these artists is widely acknowledged, Harvey’s collecting efforts are a lesser-known aspect of this history. Still less appreciated is the extent and comprehensiveness of her collection. These works, many of which have not been shown since their first appearances in exhibitions at the gallery, present a unique opportunity to revisit a key historical moment in the downtown art scene and to re-examine the practices of the artists who converged on this space.

Before her premature death in 2004, Emily Harvey took the time to set up the Emily Harvey Foundation, to ensure that the vital activities at 537 Broadway would continue. Her priority was the artists, and those who work in the field to represent their efforts, and this is palpable in the mandate of the EHF: a residency program in Venice, and an art program in both its New York and Venice Galleries.

Artists: Olga Adorno, Eric Andersen, Ay-O, George Brecht, John Cage, Henning Christiansen, Philip Corner, Charles Doria, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Dupuy, Albert Fine, Robert Filliou, Henry Flynt, Simone Forti, Ken Friedman, John Giorno, Jacques Halbert, Al Hansen, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Citizen Kafka, Allan Kaprow, Milan Knizak, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Jackson Mac Low, Larry Miller, Charlotte Moorman, Evelyne Noviant, Margaret Leng Tan, Serge III Oldenbourg, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, Jeffrey Perkins, Takako Saito, Carolee Schneemann, Paul Sharits, Berty Skuber, Daniel Spoerri, William Stone, Peter Van Riper, Ben Vautier, Yoshi Wada, Robert Watts, Emmett Williams, Christian Xatrec, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela.
The Crying Place – Eric Andersen Installation
March 9, 7pm
George – New York preview of Jeff Perkins film on George Maciunas
March 11, 7pm
EHF Archive Tour
March 12, 2pm & 4pm (RSVP:
Solo Electric Boogie 1979/1982/2017 – Henry Flynt – Concert / Dance Video
March 16, 7pm

Curators: Alice Centamore, Danielle Johnson, Agustin Schang, and Christian Xatrec.

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Lecture by Professor Peter Geimer, FU Berlin

21 Feb



Dennis Geronimus Lecture at Fairfield University Museum

21 Feb


Conversation John Cohen and Thomas Crow

16 Feb



John Cohen, Red Grooms transporting artwork to Reuben Gallery, New York, 1960 (detail)
© John Cohen, Courtesy L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York

In conjunction with the exhibition Inventing Downtown:
Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965

John Cohen, photographer, musician, filmmaker, artist, and professor emeritus of visual arts, SUNY Purchase College; and Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and author of The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design 1930–1995, will discuss Cohen’s role in the downtown art and music scene in the 1950s and early ’60s.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Departments of Art History and Photography & Imaging, Institute of Fine Arts, and Grey Art Gallery.


Starts2/22/17 7:00 pm
Ends2/22/17 9:00 pm
ParticipantsJohn Cohen and Thomas Crow
LocationSilver Center, Room 300 (enter at 32 Waverly Place)

Wed, Feb. 15, 7 pm: Roundtable: Reverberations, Historical and Art Historical Collisions, moderated by Norman Kleeblatt

10 Feb

Reverberations: Historical and Art Historical Collisions

In conjunction with the exhibition Inventing Downtown:
Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965

Exploring pressing social issues around art in New York during the 1950s and ’60s—a moment in American history that is both transitional and transformative—this roundtable discussion will examine the proliferation of art and other visual images relating to the Holocaust, the Cold War, civil rights, free speech, and access to, separation from, and collision of public and private space. Moderated by Norman Kleeblatt, Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator, The Jewish Museum, with speakers Steven Nelson, professor of Art History, University of California at Los Angeles; Lisa Saltzman, professor of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College; and Andrew Weiner, assistant professor of art theory and criticism in Art & Art Professions, NYU.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Departments of Art & Art Professions (Steinhardt) and Hebrew & Judaic Studies; and Grey Art Gallery.

Starts2/15/17 7:00 pm
Ends2/15/17 8:30 pm
ParticipantsNorman Kleeblatt, Steven Nelson, Lisa Saltzman, and Andrew Weiner
LocationEinstein Auditorium, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street (at 3rd Ave. and 9th St.)