Archive | November, 2016

Meet the Legendary Virginia Dwan in conversation with NYU Scholar Julia Robinson

30 Nov

More information here!


The 60s was the decade when an incredible number of women gallerists played major roles at the center of 20th century (and especially postwar) avant-garde activities, bringing to fruition projects by Robert Smithson, Walter de Maria and Michael Heiser that are now landmarks. The challenges that Virginia Dwan faced as a woman and feminist in an art world that had not yet defined the feminist position should provide a fascinating discussion.

Known primarily for her visionary art collecting (250 works from her collection destined to be given to The National Gallery in Washington, DC are currently on display in the newly-reopened East Wing), Virginia Dwan (born 1931) showed a legendary list of artists that included Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Joan Mitchell, Philip Guston, Sol Lewitt, and Andy Warhol among countless famous names– first at her Los Angeles gallery in the 1960s and later at the gallery she opened in New York. Less well-known, Dwan has her own artistic practice, and has dedicated the last three and a half years to documenting military graves in cemeteries across the United States in her book, Virginia Dwan: Flowers.

The only text in the book is the late Pete Seeger’s question, “Where have all the flowers gone?” Dwan will sign copies of her book at the reception after the close of the program.

For more about Virginia Dwan and about Julia Robinson, click here: Virginia Dwan | Julia Robinson

Thank you to Virginia Dwan and Julia Robinson for their participation and to ArtTable member Gracie Mansion for helping organize this program.

Image: Virginia Dwan in her gallery during a Franz Kline exhibition, Westwood, c. 1962, 2009 Photo courtesy of artnet

Professor Jon Ritter to give a talk to the Dean’s Service Honors Corps tonight!

30 Nov

Here is Professor Ritter’s description of the talk:

This talk is inspired by the commitment to community service from NYU students in the the Dean’s Service Honors Corps (DSHC).  I have given talks to this group in past years on the design and allocation of housing in the United States and on the history of Washington Square.  This year the group leaders approached me to lead a tour of an exhibition that would relate to their interest in community service.  We settled on the current exhibition at MOMA, Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, which features works relating to current global refugee crises..  The DSHC encouraged honors students to go see the show at MOMA, and I will lead a discussion about it in my talk.  My presentation will focus on how and why artists and designers engage with issues of migration and dislocation, focusing on several works from the exhibition.  I look forward to hearing the students’ impression of the exhibition, and I hope the talk will generate interesting conversation with these thoughtful students.  I will conclude with some thoughts about how students can help support refugees through volunteer community work with groups like the United Nations High Commission on Refugees,  UNICEF, or the Sanctuary Movement.

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Gallery Conversation and Performance

28 Nov



Charlotte Moorman performs Nam June Paik’s One for Violin Solo,
“DIAS/USA: A Preview,” New York City, March 22, 1968. © Julie Abeles.
Courtesy Charlotte Moorman Archive, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections,
Northwestern University Library


Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 pm
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
100 Washington Square East

With Pato Hebert, associate arts professor, and Shahrazad Preza, MA candidate, both in Art & Public Policy (TSOA), NYU, who will engage in dialogue with visitors and present a performance.

This program is free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited, and subject to change.
Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.
Information: greyartgallery.nyu.edugreyartgallery@nyu.edu212/998-6780.
Offered in conjunction with the exhibition A Feast of Astonishments:
Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s,
on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery September 8–December 10, 2016.
For more information on the exhibition,
please visit

Don’t Throw Anything Out: Charlotte Moorman’s Archive
The Fales Library, Tracey/Barry Gallery
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor
On view: September 8–December 9, 2016
Information: 212/998-2596


Jorge Latorre Lecture in DAH, December 1

28 Nov


Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Contemporary Chinese Art

21 Nov

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-4-16-16-pmWikipedia Edit-a-thon: Contemporary Chinese Art

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 3, 2016
11:00 am–3:00 pm

In conjunction with a global campaign, the Guggenheim hosts its fifth Wikipedia edit-a-thon—or #guggathon—to enhance Wikipedia’s coverage of modern and contemporary artists from Greater China.

New and experienced editors are welcome. The event includes a training session for participants who are new to Wikipedia, and Wikipedia specialists will be on hand to provide basic instruction and editing support. Editors are invited to view the exhibition Tales of Our Time following the event.

Free. RSVP required. Details

FAS Events: Guggenheim & New Museum!

18 Nov


NYU FAS Event: Saturday 11/19
Agnes Martin Retrospective
at the Guggenheim Museum

Meet in the lobby of the Guggenheim Museum at 12pm(noon)

If you would like to attend, RSVP by replying to this email!
From the Guggenheim Museum: “For more than forty years, Agnes Martin (1912–2004) created serene paintings composed of grids and stripes. With an attention to the subtleties of line, surface, tone, and proportion, she varied these forms to generate a body of work impressive both in its intricacy and focus. Martin’s commitment to this spare style was informed by a belief in the transformative power of art, in its ability to conjure what she termed “abstract emotions”—happiness, love, and experiences of innocence, freedom, beauty, and perfection. This retrospective, her first comprehensive survey in over two decades, presents the scope of Martin’s output, including her biomorphic abstractions of the 1950s, signature gridand stripe compositions, and final paintings. Together these works trace Martin’s practice as she developed and refined a format to express her singular vision.”

NYU FAS Event: Sunday 11/20
Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest
at the New Museum

Join Fine Arts Society to see the New Museum’s survey of the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s exhibition of video art and multimedia installations.
Meet in the lobby of the New Museum and bring your NYU ID
From the New Museum: “Over the past thirty years, (Pipilotti) Rist (b. 1962) has achieved international renown as a pioneer of video art and multimedia installations. Her mesmerizing works envelop viewers in sensual, vibrantly colored kaleidoscopic projections that fuse the natural world with the technological sublime. Referring to her art as a “glorification of the wonder of evolution,” Rist maintains a deep sense of curiosity that pervades her explorations of physical and psychological experiences. Her works bring viewers into unexpected, all-consuming encounters with the textures, forms, and functions of the living universe around us.

Stay up to date on cool art happenings in New York City every week:

Now on view: 

  • Tales of Time, the second exhibition organized by the Chinese Art Initiative, now open at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Max Beckmann in New York now open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde now open at the NYU Grey Art Gallery
  • Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art now open at the Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age now open at the Neue Galerie
  • Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven now open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Kerry James Marshall: Mastry now open at the Met Breuer
  • The Shape of Things: Photographs by Robert B. Menschel now open at MoMA
  • Nude: From Modigliani to Currin now open at Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Ave)

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Exciting news from Professor Pepe Karmel!

16 Nov
I recently received a letter from the French Embassy, informing me that I had been awarded a diploma certifying that I was a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, a distinction recognizing “eminent artists and writers, and those who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.”

I feel deeply honored, not only to receive this distinction, but also to join previous DAH recipients Robert Rosenblum, Kenneth Silver, and Shelley Rice, for whose work I have such admiration.