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Art Break: See Historical Examples of the Downtown Art Scene

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 23, 2017

Everyone can benefit from stepping out from behind their desk at some point during the day and finding a way to clear their head and refresh their mind. Going to a gallery or museum—even for a brief visit—can have an enormous beneficial effect on your state of being.

For one of this week’s highlights, go to the Grey Art Gallery at New York University and see their current exhibit Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City: 1952-1965.  You get a history lesson AND art, so it’s a two-for-one deal. As always, for galleries listed in this series, all are free to the public. So go.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East

When: Now through April 1, Tues/Thurs/Fri: 11-6, Wed: 11-8, and Sat: 11-5

Who: Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City: 1952-1965

What: Examining the New York art scene through various gallery and art movements

Why: This is how art gets from ideas to institutional thinking

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Paula Cooper, 534 West 21st Street

When: Now through February 11, Tues – Sat: 10-6

Who: Liz Glynn: The Myth of Singularity

What: Eight figures that are inspired and formed by Rodin’s work

Why: Get a preview of what she will be doing for the Public Art Fund this summer

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (cross street is 20th Street)

When: Now through February 4, Mon – Fri: 10-5

Who: Will Barnet – The Abstract Works: A Language of Forms

What: Prints and drawings from the 1940s to 1960s

Why: See how a figurative artist deals with abstract ideas

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: The New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street

When: Now through August 31, Mon/Fri: 9-5, Tues-Thurs: 9-8, Sat-Sun: 11-5

Who: Broken Beauty: Ruins of the Ancient World

What: Books and images from the 18th to 20th centuries on the subject of ruins and what the culture of various times thought about them

Why: Because the past often defines the present in ways you don’t expect

 

Cover: Mimi Gross, Street Scene, 1958. Oil stick on paper, 11 x 13 7/8 in. Courtesy the artist; photo: Jeffrey Sturges @ Grey Art Gallery, NYU


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