Opening Reception November 15 from 7pm – 9pm.
Educational Alliance, 197 East Broadway, New York, NY
Welcoming remarks from artist Mimi Gross, President of The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation and daughter of Chaim Gross. Wine & refreshments, including treats courtesy of Doughnut Plant.
The exhibition “Home Away From Home” explores the deep ties between renowned American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91) and Educational Alliance, which served as a second home for Gross when he emigrated from Eastern Europe to America in 1921 to pursue his dream to be a modern artist. Growing from student to teacher, Gross taught sculpture for over 50 years to hundreds of students at Educational Alliance Art School, a symbiotic relationship that gave him a foundation to cement his own identity as an artist. The exhibit features wood and bronze sculptures prints, and self-portraits that tell rich story of Gross’s evolution as an immigrant artist in the Lower East Side to one of the 20thcentury’s most iconic New York City artists.
Curated by Sasha Davis, Curator of Collections at the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, the exhibit will feature wood and bronze sculptures, as well as prints and drawings by Gross. A focused section on self-portraits by Gross, exhibited with archival photographs and materials from the Foundation’s archive, will help tell the rich story of Gross’s artistic evolution as an immigrant artist within the Lower East Side community in the early 20th century. The exhibit will also include paintings and drawings by other artists whom Gross met early on at the Alliance, including Raphael and Moses Soyer. A special feature of the exhibit will be a selection of historic African sculptures from Gross’s personal art collection that he began to collect in the 1930s, a passion he shared with fellow Educational Alliance student Adolph Gottlieb
The exhibition is on view from November 10, 2016 – January 2, 2017.