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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

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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.
PROGRAM:
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: mailing.ehf@gmail.com)
Solo Electric Boogie 1979/1982/2017 – Henry Flynt – Concert / Dance Video
March 16, 7pm

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

More information: http://www.emilyharveyfoundation.org/exhibit.html

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Summer in London!

31 Jan

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Art Crimes, Opening Reception Today!

12 Dec

For the first time, the Department of Art History is offering Art Crime and the Law, a course that examines illegal activities in the art world. As one of the nation’s premiere institutions for the study of art history, NYU presents this course as it is valuable for professionals entering the art market to grasp the significance of legal issues regulating the creation and trade of art. Topics covered include heritage destruction during conflict; WWII era looting and Nazi appropriation of art; thefts from museums and private collectors; complex forgery schemes; tomb raiding and the illicit antiquities market; restitution and repatriation litigations; vandalism and street art; museum acquisition standards; collecting practices and provenance investigations; and the emerging strategies of accumulating art as an investment. “Whether it’s Nazi plunder, the still-unsolved Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft of 1990 in Boston, or, confronting us today, the destruction wrought at the ancient sites of Palmyra and Nineveh in present-day Syria and Iraq, respectively, crime against art is far-reaching in its ripple effects,” said Department of Art History chair Dennis Geronimus. “It is crime perpetrated not just against physical artifacts but against the people and cultures that value, protect, and preserve them. The preservation of cultural heritage cannot be more timely or urgent as a topic of serious inquiry, and I’m very encouraged to see it happen here at NYU.”

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FAS Events: Guggenheim & New Museum!

18 Nov

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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)

NYU Museum Gateway

Explore as many of NYC’s museums as you can! Don’t forget to use this amazing resource that NYU provides. With your student ID you gain FREE entry (often times with additional perks!) to many of the City’s most popular museums! Check out the list below:

https://www.nyu.edu/life/student-life/getting-involved/museum-gateway.html

Book Sale Today!

15 Nov

unnamed-65The Department of Art History Library is having its first ever book sale
Tuesday, November 15th through Wednesday, November 16th
in the Abby Grey Library Reading Room on the 3rd Floor of Silver.
Hundreds of art history textbooks to add to your personal library!
Everything is $5 on Tuesday$3 on Wednesday (& $1 books in the last hour).

DAH Book Sale!

11 Nov

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The Department of Art History Library is having its first ever book sale
Tuesday, November 15th through Wednesday, November 16th
in the Abby Grey Library Reading Room on the 3rd Floor of Silver.
Hundreds of art history textbooks to add to your personal library!
Everything is $5 on Tuesday$3 on Wednesday (& $1 books in the last hour).

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Art History/URDS Major/Minor Info Session with Pizza this Thursday, October 27!

24 Oct