The National Academy of Design’s ‘191st Annual: Academy Style’ on View in New Chelsea Gallery

 

 

 

Don Porcaro, Collective 3, 2023, Limestone and marble, courtesy of the artist and Westwood Gallery, NYC. 34 x 16 x 14 inches; on the wall, the beautiful work of Jimmy Wright, Large Sunflower Grid No. 1, 2023, Graphite and water color, courtesy of the artist, FIERMAN, NY and Corbett v Dempsey, Chicago. 52 x 47 inches.

We were delighted to visit The National Academy of Design in its new home in Chelsea for its annual exhibition ~ 191st Annual: Academy Style ~ an exhibition featuring work by 117 National Academicians, which will be on view through September 14, 2024.

In addition, special events will take place on July 15th with Randy Cohen in conversation with architect Claire Weisz. Read the schedule of speaking events below.

Bruno Lucchesi, Foundry Bronze Pouring, 2022, Bronze, Courtesy of the artist, 10 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 191st Annual Academy Stye

The National Academy of Design is pleased to present the 191st Annual Exhibition, the longest-running serial exhibition of contemporary art and architecture in the United States. Dating to 1826, the 191st Annual will feature work by 117 artists and architects, all of whom were elected as National Academicians in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to art and architecture in the United States. The first in-person Annual in nearly a decade and the first in the Academy’s new home in Chelsea, the 191st Annual: Academy Style will run June 20 – September 14, 2024 at the National Academy’s recently launched exhibition space at 519 West 26th Street in Chelsea.

The 191st Annual: Academy Style encompasses aesthetic and conceptual approaches including abstraction, minimalism, realism, figuration and portraiture in a range of mediums such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, video, architectural models, book projects and printmaking. Participation in the Annual is open to the National Academy’s membership of 450 elected artists and architects, of which 117 submitted more than 140 works for exhibition. Nevertheless, thematic groupings emerge from the submissions, including spirituality, landscape, nature, community, social life, and intimacy, perhaps a reflection on recent years, when the Academy was temporarily without an exhibition space, compounded by the distance imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Opening less than a year after the Academy’s launch of its new home in Chelsea, the exhibition reiterates the institution’s commitment to its members, a community of 420 artists and architects across the United States. Well over one-third of the exhibiting artists and architects have been elected to the Academy since the last in-person Annual Exhibition in 2015.

(37) Ruth Miller, Skull and Shell, 2023, Oil on canvas, courtesy of the artist, 48 x 50 inches; (38) John Newman, thought bubbles and tell tale signs, 2021.002, 2021, Wood, rope, Japanese paper, aqua resin, paper cache, aluminum screening, canvas, acrylic paint, chalk, ink. Courtesy of the artist, 23 x 18 inches; (39) Elizabeth King, ‘Miracles and Machines: A Sixteenth-Century Automation and its Legend” with co-aughor W. David Todd and photographs by rosamond Purcell (Getty Publications, 2023), Book, Courtesy of Elizabeth King and Getty Publications © J. Paul Getty Trust, 2024, 10 x 8 inches.

Participating Artists and Architects
Eric Aho / Eve Aschheim / Shimon Attie / Frances Barth / David Becker / William Beckman / Deborah Berke / Marlon Blackwell / Willard Boepple / James Bohary / Gregory Botts / Paul Broches / Tom Burckhardt / Squeak Carnwath / Henry Casselli / Carmen Cicero / Brad Cloepfil / Patricia Cronin / Robert Cronin / James Cutler / Lisa Corinne Davis / Donna Dennis / Simon Dinnerstein / Mark Di Suvero / Angela Dufresne / Garth Evans / Alan Feltus / Beverly Fishman / Nancy Friese / Jeanne Gang / Dan Gilhooley / Andrew Ginzel / Judy Glantzman / Richard Gluckman with Andrew Weigand / Glenn Goldberg / Jacqueline Gourevitch / Philip Grausman / Joanne Greenbaum / Barbara Grossman / Dan Gustin / Richard Haas / Nancy Hagin / Walter Hatke / Julie Heffernan / Nona Hershey / Elana Herzog / Lisa Hoke / Eric Holzman / Diana Horowitz / David Humphrey / Valerie Jaudon / Carlos Jiménez / Ralph Johnson / Wendy Evans Joseph / Roberto Juarez / Richard Kalina / Howard Kalish / Stephen Kieran / Elizabeth King / Jonah Kinigstein / Joyce Kozloff / Harry Kramer / Karen Kunc / Tom Kundig / Leonardo Lasansky / Pat Lasch / Martin Levine / Bruno Lucchesi / Mary Lucier / Sangram Majumdar / Michael Maltzan / Mary Beth McKenzie / Julie Mehretu / Melissa Meyer / Ruth Miller / John Moore / Judith Murray / John Newman / Richard Olcott / Jim Osman / Don Perlis / Donald Porcaro / Langdon Quin / Andrew Raftery / Carole Robb / Reeve Schley / Judith Shea / Lorraine Shemesh / Jean Shin / Arthur Simms / Richard Sloat / Ed Smith / Ned Smyth / Jane South / Kyle Staver / Gary Stephan / Jessica Stockholder / Immi Storrs / Evan Summer / Barbara Takenaga / James Timberlake / Fred Tomaselli / Anita Toney / Lee Tribe / Bernard Tschumi / Michael Van Valkenburgh / Claire Van Vliet / Don Voisine / Sarah Walker / Kay WalkingStick / Leslie Wayne / Claire Weisz / Jerome Witkin / Alexi Worth / Jimmy Wright / Sharon Yates / Murray Zimiles

Karen Kunc, The Way of Water, 2024, color woodcut, and letterpress on Japanese papers, shibori dyed paper, accordion folded, covered folder with clasp, courtesy of the artist, 11 x 45 inches; Lisa Hoke, Home, 2000-2024, Plastic, Nest, Glue, courtesy of the artist 8 1/2 x 13 x 10 inches

Founded in 1825, ‘Academy Style’ at the National Academy has undergone many transformations over the years. Today ‘Academy Style’ is diverse in practice, decidedly contemporary (members were invited to submit works made in the last three years) and reflective of an institutional identity and ethos initiated and led by artists and architects. In the earliest years of the National Academy, the artwork produced by the membership followed the English tradition in both style and method, with an emphasis on painting focused on history, landscape and portraiture. The Academy initially engaged with the ‘arts of design’ as defined in 1825 to include painting, drawing, architecture, sculpture, and engraving. Now, nearly 200 years later, more recently elected Academicians work in mediums that had not yet entered the Western canon when the National Academy was founded: installation, moving image, printmaking, digital art and socially engaged art and architecture, among others – all examples of 21st Century ‘Academy Style.’

The 191st Annual: Academy Style is co-curated by Sara Reisman, Chief Curator, and Natalia Viera Salgado, Associate Curator

Image courtesy The National Academy of Design

Annual Exhibition Awards

Through the generosity of donors and Academicians dating back a century, the National Academy of Design will award up to $47,600 in endowed prizes to artists and architects participating in the 191st Annual Exhibition, selected by an invited jury of seven critics, art historians, and curators (list follows below). Selected artists and architects will be announced at a ceremony for the awardees on September 5, 2024.

Annual Exhibition Awards Jury members:

● José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture

● Kendal Henry, Assistant Commissioner, Public Art at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

● Nancy Princenthal, Art Historian/Writer

● Martha Schwendener, critic/writer, New York Times, Brooklyn Rail

● Susanna V. Temkin, Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York

● Jovanna Venegas, Curator of SculptureCenter

● Gee Wesley, Ulises Co-founder & Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance at MoMA

Pat Lasch, Slippers for Pope Joan II, 2022; Mixed, courtesy of Meredity Ward Fine Art; 10 x 4 inches each. 191st Annual Academy Style

The first event is Person Place Thing: Claire Weisz NA with Randy Cohen, to be hosted on Monday, July 15th, from 6 to 8 pm, at the National Academy: 519 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY.

A live recording at the National Academy of Design of Person Place Thing, featuring host Randy Cohen in conversation with architect Claire Weisz NA, founding partner of WXY, a New York based studio globally recognized for its community-centered approach to design. Musical performance by guest composer and guitarist Tomas Rodriguez.

Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen is an interview show based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing with particular meaning to them. The result: surprising stories from great talkers. Past guests have included Marion Weiss NA and Michael Manfredi NA; Tod Williams NA and Billie Tsien NA; Laurie Anderson NA; Mierle Laderman Ukeles; Anna Deveare Smith; Alice Aycock NA; David Gonzalez; and Yeohlee Teng.

RESERVATIONS: Admission is free but reservations are required. To make a reservation for this program, click HERE. The program will begin at 6:30 PM.

Installation view, 191st Annual Academy Style. In the forefront, Julie Mehretu, corner of Lake and Minnehaha (smoke), 2022, Lithograph with chine collection on paper, courtesy of Kirwan and Grimm collection © Julie Mehretu, 54 3/4 x 43 1/2 inches.

The second is an event series,The 191st Annual Happy Hours, also taking place at National Academy of Design. This event will take place select Tuesdays, July 16th – August 27th, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Please join us at the National Academy of Design for a series of “Happy Hour” talks held on select Tuesdays throughout the summer months with National Academicians participating in The 191st Annual. Exhibiting artists and architects are invited to discuss their practices and work on display during a standing-room-only reception in the galleries.

RESERVATIONS: Admission is free and reservations are NOT required.

Donna Dennis, Untitled Diorama #6, 2021,, Mixed media,, courtesy of the artist, 20 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches.

SPEAKER SCHEDULE

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2024: Eric Holzman NA, Sara Reisman, Chief Curator, and Natalia Viera Salgado, Associate Curator

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2024: Wendy Evans Joseph NA

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2024: Garth Evans NA, Ned Smyth NA, and Lee Tribe NA

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2024: Angela Dufresne NA, Judith Murray NA, and Jimmy Wright NA

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2024: Eve Aschheim NA, Brad Cloepfil NA, Nancy Friese NA,

  • Jacqueline Gourevitch NA, Richard Kalina NA, and Jim Osman NA

Installation view, 191st Annual Academy Style. In the forefront, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Freshwater Wetland at Pier 1. Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2022, Photographic print, courtesy of Michael Vann Valkenburgh Associates, Photograph by Elizabeth Falicella © Elizabeth Felicella, 30 x 36 inches

About The National Academy of Design

The National Academy of Design was created by and for artists and architects in 1825 to advance contemporary art and design in the United States. It was the first institution in the United States founded and led by professional artists and mirrored the Royal Academy of Arts in London in its structure, which at the time included an elected government council, a professional art school, and an annual exhibition of contemporary art.

The National Academy’s primary aim is to create a platform for the exchange of ideas and discussion in contemporary art and architecture. As a professional society, the National Academy’s founding membership of artists and architects established the honorary title National Academician to recognize the contributions of living artists and architects in the field of art and design. Every year the membership nominates and elects a new class of National Academicians in a tradition that has spanned almost 200 years.

Image courtesy National Academy of Design

Visitor Information

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, Noon- 6 PM. Free admission; 519 West 26th Street, Floor Two, New York, NY 10001.

ACCESSIBILITY: This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. To request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service, email your request at least three weeks in advance of the event to info@nationalacademy.org.

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