Exhibition Update from Lynn Gumpert, Director
March 27, 2020
Dear Friends of the Grey Art Gallery,
I am reaching out now to share a timely update from the Grey Art Gallery at New York University as we work together through these challenging times. You are undoubtedly aware that, like most museums throughout the world, we have closed temporarily due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We look forward to letting you know our reopening date as soon as we hear from NYU, our governing institution. Along with both our museum and university colleagues, we have had to face the harsh reality of adjusting our programs.
Therefore, we are profoundly sad to announce that the upcoming exhibition, Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography, is now canceled. Most of you will have received the printed invitation we sent out in early March. This landmark show was slated to open on April 21 and run through July 11, 2020, but, after accepting the necessity of New York City’s shutdown, we conceded that, alas, there was no possibility of presenting it––we simply can’t receive the loaned works. We are, of course, tremendously disappointed––a pioneering photographer, poet, and mountaineer, Anne Brigman (1969–1950) was long overdue for a solo museum show in NYC. (Stay tuned for another update about this West Coast artist’s experiences in Manhattan.) We thank Ann Wolfe––the show’s curator at Nevada Museum of Art, where the exhibition originated––for her and her team’s help and understanding. We hope that, at some point in the future, we can return to the possibility of presenting this revelatory show at NYU.
In spite of this setback, the Grey’s staff and I remain dedicated to promoting visual literacy and will continue to plan groundbreaking exhibitions, scholarly publications, and a wide variety of free public programs. There’s no doubt that this is a difficult and strange time for the art community. More than anything, in this time of disruption, we thank you for your support and hope you and your loved ones remain safe.
Grey Art Gallery, New York University