In the New York art scene of the mid-1960s and early ‘70s, Brigid Berlin achieved the rarest of feats by becoming an essential member of both of the two opposing spheres of the downtown creative classes gathered at Max’s Kansas City, the definitive watering hole of the avant-garde. She was a fixture in the queerdélireof the back room, where Andy Warhol held court among his Factory Superstars, drag queens, and other hangers-on. At the same time, Berlin was equally welcomed by “the heavies” in the front of the bar: the mostly male, infamously macho crowd of carousing artists that included Willem de Kooning, John Chamberlain, Larry Rivers, Donald Judd, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, James Rosenquist, and Brice Marden, among others. Berlin not only penetrated these distinct precincts of the clubby art establishment, but conspired with them, occasionally collaborating on artworks, and even going so far as to turn them into muses for her own polymorphic, deeply conceptual oeuvre. Brigid Berlin was one of them: anartist on equal footing,the heaviest of the heavies.
“You don’t call yourself an ‘artist’ – if others want to, that’s up to them.” — Brigid Berlin
The setting is a white conference room in the pristine offices of Amsterdam’s world-famous museum of modern art, the Stedelijk. The museum’s leading curators and administrators (all white), including Director Rein Wolfs, convene to discuss the government’s diversity and inclusion mandate, a new requirement for continued financial support. How does a major cultural institution go about changing course dramatically — to exhibit work by people of color, women, LGBTQ+ artists, and those who suffered under the Netherlands’ 250 years of colonial rule — and also reform the decision-making process?
For those of us with the good fortune to have a place to hang our things, a closet is a magical container, a collection of materials, arranged by each of us that at a glance can reveal our values, desires, cares, and even our deepest secrets. Time itself is frozen inside a closet in contrasting meters and timelines, fragmented in things accumulated and arranged in juxtaposed order, stacked and aligned, quickly thrown or casually dropped there to be taken care of later. The scene is set, and the narratives that blossom come alive whenever the doors swing open, giving us a reading, a reminder, an understanding of who we are, where we have been, secrets, and dreams we hold. Boxes concealing our heart’s contours, scribbled messages scratched on folded notes and cards, photos, records, files, all the stuff worth saving for the reason that each thing signifies, all these choices contained in the holding space, the closet.
Tenri Cultural Institute proudly presents Biomes and Homologies: Costas Picadas. Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos, the exhibition will be on view May 5 – May 31, 2023 with an opening reception on Friday May 5, 6-8PM.
On view at Salmagundi Club, Birthday Suit: An Artful Exploration of Nude Photography. This exhibition highlights the talents of Salmagundi photography members and two specially selected non-member artists, showcasing the beauty and complexities of the human form through the art of nude photography.
On March 16 at 6pm, the Jefferson Market Library and archivist and Caffe Cino actress Magie Dominic will share documentation and stories about the landmark space, Caffe Cino, presenting the first program devoted to the women playwrights who produced their work at the Caffe. This small theater, located at 31 Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village, opened in 1958, and produced plays and theater work until its closing in 1968. Magie Dominic was one of the original performers at the Caffe, and like many, worked in a multiple of capacities. During its 10 year existence, Joe Cino, owner of the Caffe Cino, produced the work of hundreds of new writers, many of whom went on to win a multitude of awards -including Pulitzers, Tonys, Academy Awards and Obies.
The Salmagundi is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Hartley Invitational, on view in the Skylight Gallery from March 6 through April 1, 2023. This exhibition brings together some of the most eminent contemporary realist artists from around the world, with several top artists showcasing their work at Salmagundi for the first time.
Join NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York on March 7th for an exciting dialogue, presented by the Intersectional Feminist/Queer Studies Collective with 19 Washington Square North, and co-sponsored by the Grey Art Gallery.
Alongside the opening of the exhibition of work by Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander at 19WSN, the gallery opens its doors to a dialogue between Sikander and Gayatri Gopinath (Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU). Sikander’s photographs, initially taken in 2012, depict the ruin and desolation of a South Asian movie theater and its sole caretaker in Khorfakkan, Sharjah, and speak poignantly to the questions of home, displacement, belonging, and unbelonging that touch the lives of many South Asian migrants in the UAE.
Westbeth Gallery will host Luminous Elsewheres, an exhibit featuring artists who actively explore visual domains that are evocative, mysterious and unexpected. Eschewing the confines of logic and linearity, Luminous Elsewheres artists are receptors through whom “the echoes and reflections of an irrational elsewhere flow freely and take form.” (Daniela Ferretti) The exhibit will be on view from March 31 through April 28, 2023.
Currently on view at Grey Art Gallery at NYU, ‘Mostly New: Selections from the NYU Art Collection‘. The exhibition presents modern and contemporary artworks, the majority of which have entered the New York University Art Collection over the last decade. This exhibition will be on view to June 28, 2023.
Themes and Dreams, a retrospective of collage and assemblage illustration by New York-based artist Joan Hall, will be on view at the Westbeth Gallery from March 4-24, 2023. Self-curated with input from independent curator Lilly Wei, the exhibition will feature seven distinct bodies of work that explore modernist strategies of fragmentation and re-composition. Produced over a 50-year career, the 100 pieces in the exhibition will be exhibited together for the first time charting the depth and breadth of Hall’s varied interests and talent.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Stefan Bondell: Dark Marks, opening at its West Chelsea location on February 2, 2023. This presentation will debut works from the New York poet and artist’s most recent series of paintings – a dramatic series of monumentally scaled works executed in an obsidian palette, with deep, compounded layers of classical and contemporary imagery used to explore the turbulent sociopolitical condition of the United States today. On view through March 18, 2023, Dark Marks is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Taken during research for his series of talks exploring the architectural details and clues of past use of the Salmagundi Clubhouse, architectural historian (and Club member) Anthony Bellov presents highly personal images of oft-overlooked aspects of the building, exciting and challenging the viewer to explore their own perceptions and assumptions of this unique structure.
The New York City AIDS Memorial will mark the annual observance of World AIDS Day with an afternoon and evening of free and public programming with partners including Housing Works and Queer Soup Night.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to present Ariana Papademetropoulos: Baby Alone in Babylone, an exhibition of new paintings that find the Los Angeles- based artist drawing upon 15th century lore of the mythical unicorn. In her exploration of this theme, Papademetropoulos considers iconography from two celebrated tapestry series of the late Middle Ages: The Lady and the Unicorn (Musée National du Moyen Âge, Paris), an allegorical fable of the five senses, and The Hunt of the Unicorn (The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), a narrative unfolding of the swift, wild horned creature who could only be tamed by a virgin maiden. Constructing her own enigmatical tale in the present day, Papademetropoulos invites viewers to journey between collapsing realities and converging realms, through a sequence of hyperreal, dream-like episodes that coalesce in a story of awakening and transformation.
The Julius’ Bar Building located at 186-188 Waverly Place and 159 West 10th Street, held public testimony at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Zoom meeting on November 15, 2022. The iconic building moved forward in its final step, with two of the many speakers in support of Landmarking, Andrew Berman and Randy Wicker, On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously designated the Julius’ Bar Building to be a NYC Individual Landmark. Commissioner Michael Goldblum spoke eloquently about the importance of “holding on to a time in New York‘ when Greenwich Village looked quite different than it does today, and the importance of focusing on the fact that “it’s all about the history.”
Located at West 10th Street and Waverly Place in the Greenwich Village Historic District, the building housing Julius’ Bar is one of the city’s most significant LGBTQ+ history sites. In 1966, three years before the Stonewall Rebellion, members of the Mattachine Society sat at Julius’ bar, ordered drinks, announced they were gay, and were refused service. At a time of rampant discrimination—when few LGBTQ+ people lived openly, and gay New Yorkers were being targeted for arrest in city bars—this courageous act and other events at Julius’ led to major progress in fighting discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and enabling them to gather openly in public places.
Art in Odd Places(AiOP) 2022: STORY is scheduled for September 23-25, 2022, curated by Atlanta artist Jessica Elaine Blinkhorn for its seventeenth annual public visual and performance art festival featuring 40+ local, national, and international artists’ projects from the Disabled, Incarcerated, Elder, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Allied communities taking place along 14th Street in Manhattan, NY – from Avenue C to the Hudson River.
On view from August 29 through September 23, 2022, the Salmagundi Club presents Landscapes: Studio Works, an exhibition showcasing over 50 artworks by both member and non-member artists. This year, the annual landscape exhibition is separated to highlight the practice of en plein air and studio works, with this show featuring the latter.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition with noted Spanish artist Jorge Galindo. Debuting a jubilant new suite of monumental flower paintings, Jorge Galindo: Verbena continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of flora and its representation in art across centuries and genres. Titled after the small, wild vervain plant characteristic of the artist’s hometown of Madrid, Galindo’s flowers simultaneously nod to the popular Spanish street celebrations of summer– the verbenas of Spain’s capital city reinvigorate centuries-old traditions through contemporary reinterpretation. These beloved festivities, often associated with a patron saint, draw a bazaar of food and drink and occasion open-air dancing, with music coursing through neighborhoods and infusing the evening’s urban bustle with a gleeful, carnival spirit. Employing a vivacious palette, Galindo’s ebullient new painted bouquets burst through their frames, exploding with color beyond the antique wallpaper borders that surround them.
Beginning August 1, 2022 and continuing to September 30, 2022, Salmagundi will present Emil. Carlsen. : Private Collections, one of the largest New York exhibition of Danish-American artist Emil Carlsen (1848-1932) in nearly fifty years. It will feature works drawn from several prominent private collectors of the artist’s works as well as long time dealers.
With the opening of the exhibition ‘Ghosts of Townhouse Past: Charcoal Drawing by Charles S. Chapman‘ at Salmagundi Club this past May, highlighting the last year of the Club’s first townhouse studio on West 12th Street in 1917, we were reminded of the ghosts of townhouse present, at Salmagundi Club’s current location and permanent home, during the massive renovation in 2013.
On view from April 15 through August 31, 2022, in the Wiggins Bar Gallery, the Salmagundi Club presents Refined Palette. The Club has nearly 150 palettes in its permanent collection, notably the largest group of American artist palettes, and likely the largest remaining collection of its time. Initially the collection began with a gift of over 120 palettes by fellow Salmagundian Henry “Harry” Willson Watrous. For years, these palettes adorned the walls of the library and hallways of the club. Displayed in this exhibition today are a selection of 77 of these palettes by prominent artists including Watrous, Alfred Cornelius Howland, Julian Alden Weir, Walter Florian and George Randolph Barse Jr.
In honor of Pride Month, NYC Parks’ monuments crew will provide annual care for George Segal’s Gay Liberation sculptural group commemorating the Stonewall Riots. The work is part of the 25th season of NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program.
Greenwich Village, long a hot-spot for art and architecture, will play host to In Plain Sight, an immersive animal-themed public art exhibit from June 10-12. The exhibit inspired by the unique history of animals in art and architecture in the neighborhood is a celebration of the resilience, courage and creativity of New Yorkers of all walks of life.
“We wanted to create an exhibit that felt joyful, while being interesting for all ages in our community,” shared Rachel Brandon, the Marketing and Events director for the Village Alliance Business Improvement District. “This collaboration with both Kristina Libby and Gillie and Marc brought the opportunity to highlight numerous New York based artists who incorporate animals in their practice.”
It’s actually both. While surfing quickly through Twitter, we came to a halt at an image of a woman opening a door inside an art gallery on 8th Street in Greenwich Village – the door being a large photograph of Basquiat! Huh….
Adding to the whimsical animal creatures on Park Avenue in Murray Hills, conservationists and sculpture artists Gillie and Marc will unveil ‘Faces of the Wild’ on the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle in Greenwich Village on Friday, April 1st.
This four-month exhibit (through July 31, 2022) will feature nine, six-foot-tall sculptures, representing some of the most endangered animals in the world. Each sculpture will have a QR code that provides more information on the animals and an option to donate to World Wildlife Fund, Gillie and Marc’s charity partner.
“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced” – Sir David Attenborough
Contemporary American society has become increasingly fragmented, with people separated both physically and socially based on ability, age, income, and belief. This fragmentation is built into the urban fabric of cities, suburbs, and rural areas, which wittingly and unwittingly isolate certain groups from larger communities. A host of colliding crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, embedded structural racism, and deepening political polarization, have only exacerbated these divisions.
The negative impacts of social estrangement extend, but are not limited to, the isolation of aging populations and people with disabilities. Cities, suburbs, and rural areas wittingly and unwittingly separate certain groups from larger communities through spaces designed according to age, needs, or income. Rather than designing specific spaces for specific needs, Reset: Towards a New Commons considers how spaces may be designed for all, addressing the need for barrier-free environments and practices rooted in Universal Design. The exhibition will explore how architecture can address this while helping to create communities that foster inclusion, cooperation, and mutual assistance in the broadest of terms.
On view from March 1 through April 30, 2022, the Salmagundi Club presents Lalique & Mucha: Drawing Inspiration, an exhibition showcasing the drawings and inspirations of René Lalique and Alphonse Mucha, two of the world’s leading luxury designers. The show features the largest collection of drawings by Lalique outside of France, in dialogue with Mucha’s book of motifs and drawings, Documents Decoratifs (1901). Mucha was a member of the Salmagundi Club from 1922 until his death, and was a friend and competitor to Lalique. Both iconic artists hold an important place in the development of, and influence on, the Art Nouveau movement.
For Women’s History Month, 2022, multidisciplinary artist, Roberta Fineberg, focuses on the subjects of freedom, serendipity, experimentation, and development of ideas for her photography, works on paper, and an installation for an art pop-up show at Time Gallery on Bleecker Street in NYC from March 8th through March 13th.
MATERIAL GIRL is a wide-ranging exploration of the relationship between textiles and painting, through nearly fifty works produced over the past four years. Though grounded in Reichek’s signature medium of embroidery, the exhibition also expands spatially to restage the studio itself as a site for artistic production, domestic life, and critical investigation. This exhibition will occupy both gallery spaces. This is Elaine Reichek’s second solo show with the gallery
Dorothy Lichtenstein, widow of Roy Lichtenstein, and Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, today announced that the Lichtenstein family has promised to donate the late artist’s studio building to the Museum. The Whitney, which since moving downtown in 2015 has been a neighbor of the studio, operating four blocks north on Gansevoort Street, will adapt the space to serve as the first permanent home of its widely influential Independent Study Program, which was founded in 1968.
On view from January 31 through February 25, 2022, the Salmagundi Club presents Tonalism Today, an exhibition of works that feature neutral hues and soft atmospheric effects. For this show, each piece was hand-selected by the Salmagundi Art Committee, from artists within the club, to offer a contemporary look at how artists today are working within the style of Tonalism.
The historic Salmagundi club will open its doors to the 145th Annual Black & White Exhibition. The show of black and white or monochromatic sepia drawings, graphics, photographs, paintings, and sculptures is a juried members’ exhibition.
The New York Studio School presents Likkle Tings, an exhibition curated by Curtis Talwst Santiago, on view December 9, 2021 – January 23, 2022. Likkle Tings looks at contemporary artists engaged with small-scale works as a major and serious aspect of their practice. The exhibition title is derived from the Caribbean slang for Little Things. Including works by Lyndon J Barrois, Sr, Emma Bonnemaison, Susan Cianciolo, Christina Kenton, Maria Koubourli, Christian Quin Newell, Jill Orlov, Patrice Robinson, Anthony Santiago, Curtis Talwst Santiago and Alexander Richard Wilson.
Beginning November 25, 2021 until January 30 of 2022, Salmagundi presents Bil Baird and Olga Felgemacher: A Narrative Legacy, offering a peek behind the curtain of one of America’s most important circles of puppeteers headed by Bil Baird, and their wide-ranging influence on American culture, film, and TV. The exhibition is heightened with the addition of the work of living puppet master Olga Felgemacher, Baird’s longtime collaborator. Felgemacher shares her insights on Baird, as well as her own original characters and artistry.
Beginning November 10 and continuing until December 31, 2021, Salmagundi presents Small & Mighty: Newly Conserved Thumb-Box, in the Grand Stair Gallery of its historic 1853 townhouse at 47 Fifth Avenue. The exhibition marks the first time the organization’s permanent art collection of over fifty thumb-box paintings will be on display as a group. The exhibition is arranged by era and affords the viewer a chance to see 20th-century American art history at a glance.
Beginning November 1st, a milestone commission will be viewable by the public at historic arts organization Salmagundi. The commission consists of two dynamic allegorical door panels by Salmagundi artist Noah Buchanan of Santa Cruz, California. Following a competition of thirty-one artists from across the country and Mexico, the commission was awarded to Buchanan for his Light and Visual Perception for the left side door and Intelligence and Education for the right side door.
With Holidays approaching, and gift-giving on our minds, we always look forward to the Annual Fall Auction at the Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village. The Event will take place with a live and on-line auction on Friday, October 22nd at 7:00pm, and an online auction on Saturday, October 23rd at 11:00am, with proceeds benefiting the historic non-profit organization.
Vito Schnabel Gallery will open its doors to Jordan Kerwick. Things we talk about, things we see, the gallery’s first exhibition dedicated to the Australian-born artist. This intimate presentation, which features a selection of paintings and drawings, serves as a prelude to the artist’s major New York solo show with Vito Schnabel in March 2022 at the gallery’s 19th Street location in the Chelsea Arts District.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to announce Ron Gorchov: Spice of Life, an exhibition that pays tribute to the revolutionary work of the late American painter acclaimed for shaped canvases that uniquely merged the grandeur of Abstract Expressionism, formal conceits of Minimalist sculpture, and subversive wit of the 1970s, arriving at an enigmatic and wholly new form of abstraction.
Opening September 14, Spice of Life will be on view through October 30 at the gallery’s 455 West 19th Street location. The exhibition features a selection of exceptional paintings made by Gorchov across the course of his fifty-year career, from the 1970s to the late 2010s.
As an ‘end-of-summer celebration’, Jadda Cat and Michael Alan Alien will come together for a wild, body morphing, transformational performance on Saturday, August 28th on the Christopher Street Pier. The live, two-hour, Hudson River Park performance, which can also be viewed online, will take place from 6-8pm.
Greenwich Village’s rich history of creativity and activism will drive dozens of events throughout the iconic neighborhood, from September 18 through September 26. Seven-time-Grammy-nominee Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band will bring Latin Jazz to a free concert in Washington Square Park on Sept. 25, while the folk revival will return to the Bitter End on Sept. 26, and classical compositions by Village residents Harold Meltzer and David Del Tredici will fill the sanctuary of St. John’s in the Village on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24. Literary tours, poetry readings, theater crawls, a program of Village-themed films, open design studios, children’s book readings, and many other activities will offer Village residents, New Yorkers, and tourists opportunities to discover what makes Greenwich Village such a vital place.
After a failed attempt to sell the historic theatre to Lucille Lortel Theater Foundation in 2021, the Cherry Lane Theatre has been sold to the independent film and tv company, A24. According to IndieWire, A24 will keep the integrity of the theatre as opposed to using it for film screenings.
The Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the local retail community, today announced “Shop the Village,” an experiential and Instagrammable initiative designed to bring people back to the West Village during June 2021 and beyond, after many months of not being able to fully enjoy and participate in New York City’s vibrant downtown community.
We are still keeping somewhat socially distant, and what better way than to stroll through one of our City’s outdoor markets. The Greenwich Village Sidewalk Market ~ by The Artisan Market Company, will begin on April 10th, operating every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
On March 23, 2021, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held a virtual public hearing on the proposed designation of 70 Fifth Avenue, known as the Educational Building, in Greenwich Village. In a meeting on May 18, 2021, a final vote was taken with all in favor, designating 70 Fifth Avenue as a NYC Landmark.
Spring is in the air, and a sign of that is the annual Salmagundi Club Spring Auction. Nicholas Dawes, Salmagundi Chairman of the Board and Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions, will host the online proceedings on Friday, April 9th at 4:00pm
Beginning March 25, 2021, Vito Schnabel Gallery will present Man Ray & Picabia, a historical exhibition that brings into dialogue seminal works by two early modern masters and legendary artists of the avant-garde. An intimate presentation, the exhibition focuses on only nine paintings that span the late 1920s to the mid-1950s – a careful selection designed to invite contemplation on the nature of artistic revolution. The canvases on view manifest Man Ray and Francis Picabia’s prodigious engagement with the medium of painting across multi-faceted careers marked by irreverence toward convention and an ability to cycle through the phases of modernism to arrive at exceptionally original results. This rare grouping includes paintings that have not been on display to the public for decades.
Man Ray & Picabia will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by writer and Man Ray specialist Timothy Baum.