Press Releases

New York University’s Grey Art Gallery is pleased to present the first major U.S. exhibition to showcase the extraordinary drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), widely recognized as the father of modern neuroscience. On view from January 9 through March 31, 2018, The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal comprises some 80 drawings, most on view for the first time outside the scientist’s native Spain.

New York University’s Grey Art Gallery is pleased to present the first exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking collaboration between Alfred Barr, the Museum of Modern Art’s first director, and Philip Johnson, its first curator of architecture. On view from September 7 through December 9, 2017, Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson illuminates the roles played by these two pioneers of international modernism in promoting design and expanding its study to encompass quotidian objects.

What happens when artists organize their own exhibitions? This is one of the key questions posed by Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, a major exhibition that examines the New York art scene during the fertile years between the apex of Abstract Expressionism and the rise of Pop Art and Minimalism. This is the first show ever to survey this vital period from the vantage point of its artist-run galleries—crucibles of experimentation and innovation that radically changed the art world. Organized by Grey Art Gallery at New York University and curated by Melissa Rachleff, clinical associate professor at NYU Steinhardt, the exhibition includes work by artists ranging from such well known figures as Mark di Suvero, Jim Dine, Red Grooms, Allan Kaprow, Alex Katz, Yayoi Kusama, Claes Oldenburg, and Yoko Ono to artists who deserve to be better known, such as Ed Clark, Emilio Cruz, Lois Dodd, Rosalyn Drexler, Sally Hazelet Drummond, Jean Follett, Lester Johnson, Boris Lurie, Jan Müller, and Aldo Tambellini.

A prolific composer, musician, and tinker, Mark Mothersbaugh (b. 1950) has also been making art since before the inception of his trailblazing post-punk band DEVO in 1973. The Grey Art Gallery is pleased to host the first comprehensive exhibition of this remarkably creative artist and polymath, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, on view at New York University from April 26 to July 15, 2017.

During four trips to India from 1960 to 1968, inveterate collector Abby Weed Grey—founder of NYU’s fine arts museum—explored the vital art scene that blossomed after Indian independence in 1947. Abby Grey and Indian Modernism: Selections from the NYU Art Collection spotlights Mrs. Grey’s pioneering efforts, presenting Indian modernism through the lens of her ardent engagement with the country and its art. On view from January 13 through April 4, 2015, the exhibition is co-curated by American art historian Susan Hapgood and Indian poet and critic Ranjit Hoskote.

A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s is the first exhibition to explore the vital contributions of one of the most overlooked figures of her generation. On view at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery from September 8 to December 10, 2016, the show illuminates how Charlotte Moorman (1933–1991) metamorphosed from a classically trained cellist into a barrier-breaking figure in performance art and an impresario of the postwar avant-garde. Included among the more than 300 items on view—artworks, film clips, music scores, audio recordings, documentary photographs, snapshots, performance props and costumes, ephemera, and correspondence—are 5 cello-based sculptural works that Moorman herself created.

NYU’s Grey Art gallery Presents Solo Show of Diane Arbus’s Striking Photographs January 13–March 27, 2004 New York City, October 6, 2003―Family Albums sheds new light on the working process of the extraordinarily influential American photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971).  On view at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery from January 13 to March 27, 2004, […]

American debut of Iceland’s most celebrated contemporary painter at various NYC venues April 13 – July 17, 2004 February 13 , 2004—The first major American survey of work by Iceland’s most acclaimed contemporary painter will be on view at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery from April 13 to July 17, 2004. Worldscapes: The Art […]

NYU’s Grey Art Gallery Presents Rare Glimpse of Portrait Photography From the Arab World A Project by Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari – Arab Image Foundation January 11–April 2, 2005 [DOWNLOAD FULL RELEASE]   New York City, October 25, 2004. In Mapping Sitting, two contemporary artists present installations that dynamically disclose how photographic portraits operated […]

Provocative works by some of Europe’s most promising artists debut at two Lower Manhattan cultural institutions  April 19 to July 16, 2005 [DOWNLOAD FULL RELEASE]   New York, February 16, 2005….NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and the Swiss Institute – Contemporary Art (S I) are joining forces to present OK / OKAY, an exhibition that takes […]