Exhibition History

This list comprises the exhibitions on view at or organized by the Grey Art Gallery at New York University from its opening in 1975 through today. It will be updated as information arises. Please email greyartgallery@nyu.edu with any questions.

 

1/14/20 – 3/13/20 Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s
9/10/19 – 12/7/19 Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection
4/24/19 – 7/20/19 Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989
(Concurrently on view at the Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art)
1/9/19 – 4/6/19 Fritz Ascher: Expressionist
Lower Level Gallery: Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt
9/6/18 – 12/8/18 NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960
4/17/18 – 7/7/18 Landscapes after Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime
1/9/18 – 3/31/18 The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Lower Level Gallery: Baya: Woman of Algiers
9/7/17 – 12/9/17 Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson
4/26/17 – 7/15/17 Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
1/10/17 – 4/1/17 Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965
9/8/16 – 12/10/16 A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s
4/19/16 – 7/9/16 Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000
1/12/16 – 4/2/16 Global/Local 1960–2015: Six Artists from Iran
9/11/15 – 12/05/15 For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979
(Concurrently on view at Grey Art Gallery and Japan Society)
4/21/15 – 7/11/15 Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera
1/13/15 – 4/4/15 The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929–1940
Lower Level Gallery: Abby Grey and Indian Modernism: Selections from the NYU Art Collection
9/3/14 – 12/6/14 Ernest Cole: Photographer
4/15/14 – 7/12/14 ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND: Mission School: Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, Ruby Neri
1/14/14 – 3/29/14 An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle
9/10/13 – 12/7/13 Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
(Concurrently on view at Grey Art Gallery and The Studio Museum in Harlem)
Lower Level Gallery: Modern Iranian Art: Selections from the Abby Weed Grey Collection at NYU
4/23/13 – 7/13/13 Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating
1/15/13 – 4/6/13 Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
9/6/12 – 12/8/12 Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore
(Concurrently on view at the Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library)
4/17/12 – 7/14/12 Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art
Lower Level Gallery: French Art from NYU’s Collection
1/10/12 – 3/31/12 Soto: Paris and Beyond, 1950–1970
9/9/11 – 12/3/11 Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life
Lower Level Gallery: Fluxus at NYU: Before and Beyond
4/12/11 – 7/9/11 John Storrs: Machine-Age Modernist
1/11/11 – 3/26/11 & 4/12/11 – 7/9/11 Lower Level Gallery: Art/Memory/Place: Commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
1/11/11 – 3/26/11 Concrete Improvisations: Collages and Sculpture by Esteban Vicente
9/7/10 – 12/4/10 Künstlerplakate: Artists’ Posters from East Germany, 1967–1990
4/20/10 – 7/10/10 Lil Picard and Counterculture New York
1/12/10 – 4/3/10 Downtown Pix: Mining the Fales Archives, 1961–1991
9/1/09 – 12/5/09 Icons of the Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings from Papunya
5/12/09 – 7/18/09 John Wood: On the Edge of Clear Meaning
4/16/09 – 4/29/09 Arthur Carter: Sculpture and Drawings
1/13/09 – 4/4/09 Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion
9/16/08 – 12/6/08 The Poetics of Cloth: African Textiles/Recent Art
4/22/08 – 7/19/08 New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Art Collection
1/25/08 – 4/5/08 Diebenkorn in New Mexico
9/12/07 – 12/8/07 The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
4/17/07 – 7/14/07 Beyond the White Cube: A Retrospective of Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland
1/16/07 – 3/31/07 Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle
9/13/06 – 12/9/06 Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880–1910
4/25/06 – 7/15/06 Lee Mullican: An Abundant Harvest of Sun
1/10/06 – 4/1/06 The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984
(Concurrently on view at the Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library)
9/13/05 – 12/3/05 Paper Museums: The Reproductive Print in Europe, 1500–1800
Room with a View: Paintings by Andrea Facco
4/19/05 – 7/16/05 OK / OKAY [Recent Art from Europe]
1/11/05 – 4/02/05 Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography, A Project by Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari
Lower Level Gallery: Multiple Identities: Portraits from the New York University Art Collection
9/14/04 –12/11/04 Electrifying Art: Atsuko Tanaka, 1954–1968
4/13/04 –7/17/04 Worldscapes: The Art of Erró
1/13/04 – 3/27/04 Diane Arbus: Family Albums
Works on Paper from the NYU Art Collection
9/09/03 – 12/06/03 Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retrospective
4/15/03 – 7/19/03 Not Neutral: Contemporary Swiss Photography
1/14/03 – 3/29/03 The Park Avenue Cubists: Gallatin, Morris, Frelinghuysen, and Shaw
9/18/02 – 12/7/02 Between Word and Image: Modern Iranian Visual Culture
5/7/02 – 7/13/02 Priceless Children: American Photographs 1890–1925
Child Labor and the Pictorialist Ideal
2/12/02 – 4/20/02 Seeing and Believing: The Art of Nancy Burson
11/13/01 – 1/26/02 Pastoral to Postindustrial: British Works on Paper from the Whitworth Art Gallery
8/28/01 – 10/27/01 Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution
5/1/01 – 7/07/01 Dreams and Disillusion: Karel Teige and the Czech Avant-Garde
2/16/01 – 4/14/01 The First Steps: Emerging Artists from Japan
11/14/00 – 1/27/01 Ben Shahn’s New York: The Photography of Modern Times
9/15/00 – 10/28/00 Face to Face: Shiseido and the Manufacture of Beauty, 1900–2000
5/9/00 – 7/15/00 Rudy Burckhardt and Friends: New York Artists of the 1950s and ‘60s
2/23/00 – 4/22/00 Sheer Realities: A Celebration of Philippine Culture
11/16/99 – 1/29/00 Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman
8/31/99 – 10/30/99 John Singer Sargent, Draughtsman: Works from the Corcoran Gallery of Art
5/25/99 – 7/24/99 When Time Began to Rant and Rage: Figurative Painting from Twentieth-Century Ireland
4/15/99 – 5/7/99 KRIZIA
1/29/99 – 3/20/99 The First Steps: Emerging Artists from Japan
11/17/98 – 1/16/99 Counter Culture: Parisian Cabarets and the Avant-Garde, 1875–1905
9/1/98 – 10/31/98 Maya Lin: Topologies
5/21/98 – 7/18/98 Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence
2/25/98 – 5/2/98 Shiro Kuramata, 1934–1991
11/20/97 – 2/4/98 Desert Cliché: Israel Now—Local Images
9/2/97 – 11/1/97 Nahum B. Zenil: Witness to the Self
3/14/97 – 6/28/97 The Art of the Everyday: France in the ’90s
1/16/97 – 2/21/97 The First Steps: Emerging Artists from Japan
10/3/96 – 12/23/96 Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions
5/16/95 – 6/17/95 The Creative Will
Windows: Mark Beard
3/28/95 – 5/6/95 Ann Mandelbaum: Photographs
Small Gallery: John Lindell
Windows: Ed McGowan, Untitled (“Sebastian” and “Artemis”)
1/24/95 – 3/11/95 Narelle Jubelin, “Soft Shoulder”
Small Gallery: Jason Reed, “Hand to Mouth”
Windows: Jason Reed, “Light and Dark”
11/8/94 – 12/17/94 Suspension of the Law: René Santos, A Retrospective
Small Gallery: “A Collage of Concern”
Windows: Scot Cohen, “An Installation”
9/1/94 – 10/22/94 Willie Doherty: The Only Good One is a Dead One
Small Gallery: John Defazio, “The Plumbing of Dysfunctional Beauty”
6/10/94 – 7/22/94 1969: A Year Revisited
Small Gallery: Arne Svenson, “Faggots”
Windows: Rob Wynne, “Window Shopping
3/22/94 – 5/21/94 Todd Watts: New Lamps for Old
Windows: Battledress: Three Women in Black
Windows: Heights Campus Windows
1/19/94 – 3/5/94 From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS
Windows: Joseph Stashkevetch, Jr.
11/9/93 – 12/18/93 Anyone in New York
Small Gallery: Simon Patterson, “Monkey Business”
Windows: Lydia Schouten, “Absence Makes the Heart”
9/14 /93 – 10/30/93 George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute
Small Gallery: Bill Jacobson, “Recent Photographs from the Interim Series”
Windows: Jim Hodges, “Our Perfect World”
6/7/93 – 7/23/93 The Museum in the Gallery: The 35th Anniversary, A Celebration of the NYU Art Collection
Windows: Mathew Benedict, “Saints”
3/30/93 – 5/15/93 NetherArt: A Dutch Response to the Nineties
Other Borders: Six Irish Projects
1/25/93 – 3/13/93 Joshua Neustein, “The Carbon Series”
Small Gallery: Jane Gifford, “Dream Diary”
Windows: Alan Michelson, “Cult of Memory”
11/17/92 – 1/9/93 Gotscho: Skins
Small Gallery: Hugh Steers, Paintings
Windows: Gotscho
9/15/92 – 10/31/92 Camera as Weapon: Worker Photography Between the Wars
Adrian Piper, “Decide Who You Are”
Small Gallery: Australian AIDS Posters
Windows: Jeff Gates, “Strategies for Growth . . .”
6/15/92 – 8/1/92 Out of the Opulent Past: Italian Treasures from the Etruscan Age to the Renaissance
Small Gallery: John Kohring
Windows: Michael Richards, “Same Old Song and Dance”
3/31/92 – 5/16/92 Elaine Reichek: Native Intelligence
Small Gallery: Lily Van Der Stokker, Murals
Windows: Arne Svenson, “Landscape” series
1/28/92 – 3/14/92 Michael Andrews
Windows: Lindsay Walt, “Spinner’s Tale”
11/26/91 – 1/12/92 Yasuzo Nojima
Windows: Tomie Arai, “Shattered Images”
Small Gallery: AIDS Bottle Project
9/10/91 – 11/2/91 Gens Antiquissima Italiae: The Etruscans in Umbria
Windows: Regina Silviera, “Behind the Glass”
6/2/91 – 7/12/91 Luis Caballero / General Idea / Hope Sandrow
Windows: Hope Sandrow, “Homeless: Panhandling”
3/12/91 – 5/18/91 Interrogating Identity
Windows: Keith Piper, “Altars of Commerce”
1/29/91 – 2/23/91 Mark Wallinger: Capital
Small Gallery and Windows: Minnette Lehmann
11/27/90 – 1/12/91 Mabou Mines: The First Twenty Years
Small Gallery: Tom Wolf
Windows: Ken Chou, “AIDS Series: No Community Is Immune”
11/90 Small Gallery: The Greeks and the Sea
9/10/90 – 10/27/90 Against Nature: Japanese Art in the Eighties
Windows: Kaoru Hirabayashi, “The Hoary Signs”
5/8/90 – 6/23/90 Paysage Démoralisé: Modern Issues in Landscape
Small Gallery and Windows: Peter Seebok
3/6/90 – 4/21/90 Gerhard Richter: 18. Oktober 1977
Windows: Barbara Stratsen, “Now and Then . . .”
1/16/90 – 2/24/90 Peter Hujar
Small Gallery: Small Objects Installation
Windows: Myrel Chernick, “Your Hands Are Tied”
11/9/89 – 12/22/89 Excommunication: Some Notions of Marginality
Windows: Xing Fei, “The Sea”
9/21/89 – 10/28/89 Weegee: The Village / Ching Ho Cheng / Peter Levinson
5/16/89 – 7/1/89 Robert Morris: The Felt Works
Small Gallery: Bernard Frize
Windows: Tom Hardy and Steve Ausbury, “Treasures from the Bastille”
3/14/89 – 4/29/89 “Success Is a Job in New York”: The Early Art and Business of Andy Warhol
Small Gallery: Zuka, “The French Revolution”
Windows: “Bonwit Teller, April 1961,” installation by Mike Bidlo
1/18/89 – 2/25/89 Politics and Polemics: French Caricature and the French Revolution, 1789–1799
Small Gallery: Masami Teraoka
Windows: Michael Landy, “Sovereign 1989”
11/14/88 – 12/23/88 The Other Side of the Moon: The World of Adolf Wolfli
Small Gallery: Shelley Bachman
9/20/88 – 10/29/88 Show and Tell: Artists’ Illustrated Letters
Windows: Bolek Greczynski, “Body Fluids of the Revolution”
5/17/88 – 7/2/88 Rosalind Solomon: Portraits in the Time of AIDS
Small Gallery: Eric Avery
Windows: Mary Carlson
5/3/88 – 5/7/88 1988 Szene New York
3/13/88 – 4/23/88 Cecil Beaton
Windows: Cecil Beaton, “Self-Portrait” and “The Faerie Queen”
1/20/88 – 2/27/88 Viollet-le-Duc and the Medieval Treasures of France
Small Gallery: Stained Glass from the Cloisters
Windows: Randolph Black, “Resonateur and Sconce”
11/2/87 – 12/19/87 The Arts at Black Mountain College
Small Gallery: Gaylen Gerber
Windows: Ching Ho Cheng, “The Grotto”
9/14/87 – 10/24/87 Morality Tales: History Painting in the 1980s
Small Gallery: Lee Gordon, “The Hooded Paintings”
Windows: Juan Gonzalez, “Don’t Consecrate, Mourn. Don’t Mourn, Consecrate”
(According to press release in NYU Archives, window was installed in August)
7/2/87 – 7/31/87 Out of Eastern Europe: Private Photography
Anna B. Bohdziewicz’s Photo Diary
Windows: Richard Estanislo Zuleta, “Tableau Utopia”
5/4/87 – 6/20/87 Awards in the Visual Arts 6
Windows: Pat Keck
3/17/87 – 4/18/87 Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison: Nobody Told Us When to Stop Thinking . . .
Small Gallery: Paul Hautnek, “White Noise”
Windows: Harrisons, “Zones of Maximum Safety”
1/20/87 – 2/28/87 Maura Sheehan and Alfredo Jaar
Small Gallery: Rick Horton
Windows: Maura Sheehan
11/11/86 – 12/23/86 William Brice
Windows: Ann Messner, “Whirlpool”
9/9/86 – 10/25/86 Arnulf Rainer: The Self Portraits
Small Gallery: Simon Linke
Windows: Claudia Demonte, “Africa I” and “Africa II”
7/15/86 – 8/28/86 Rosalyn Drexler: Intimate Emotions
Ruth Abrams: Paintings 1940–1985
5/5/86 – 6/28/86 Albert Eugene Gallatin and His Circle
Abstract Appropriations
3/4/86 – 4/19/86 Modern Redux: Critical Alternatives for Architecture in the Next Decade
Small Gallery: Todd Siler
2/86 – 3/86 Selections from the Permanent Collection
12/10/85 – 1/25/86 Contemporary Indian Art
9/24/85 – 11/16/85 The Indelible Image: Photographs of War, 1846 to the Present
7/9/85 – 8/26/85 From the Collection of Sol Lewitt
Small Gallery: Alfredo Jaar, “Installation Projects: 1980–1985”
5/20/85 – 6/21/85 Nomaze: A Labyrinth Installation by Walter Gaudnek
3/19/85 – 5/4/85 Precious: An American Cottage Industry of the Eighties
1/16/85 – 2/23/85 Action/Precision: The New Direction in New York, 1955–60
Small Gallery: The Dog Show: An Installation by René Santos
11/13/84 – 12/22/84 Giovanni Boldini and Society Portraiture, 1880–1920
Small Gallery: Marcus Leatherdale
7/11/84 – 8/17/84 L’Atelier Mourlot: Four Decades of French Poster Art, 1940–1980
5/17/84 – 6/23/84 Cocteau Generations: The Spirit of the French Avant-Garde
3/27/84 – 4/28/84 The Figurative Mode: Bay Area Painting, 1956–1966
3/2/84 – 5/6/84 Picasso: The Last Years, 1963–1973
(Organized by Grey Art Gallery, exhibited at Guggenheim Museum)
11/8/83 – 12/10/83 The Permanent Collection: Highlights and Recent Acquisitions
Windows: Ken Tisa, “Sequin Tapestries”
Windows: Shigeko Kubota, “Meta-Marcel”
9/20/83 – 10/15/83 Louise Dahl-Wolfe/Paul Outerbridge
Windows: Jack Boulton, “Mobius”
7/19/83 – 8/19/83 Abby Weed Grey Memorial Exhibition
5/3/83 – 6/19/83 Tulips, Arabesques, and Turbans: Decorative Arts from the Ottoman Empire
Small Gallery: George Chemeche
3/1/83 – 4/16/83 Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti
Windows: Marc Balet
1/11/83 – 2/19/83 Eva Hesse: The Drawings
Small Gallery: Louise Nevelson Sculpture in the New York University Art Collection
11/9/82 – 12/23/82 Faces Photographed
9/14/82 – 10/23/82 Samuel F. B. Morse
Windows: Randy Stevens
6/15/82 – 8/13/82 Two Installations: Hare and Keisler / John Stalin, “Secret Messages”
Small Gallery: 20 Works from the Permanent Collection
4/26/82 – 6/5/82 John James Audubon and His Sons: An American Artistic Dynasty
Windows: Jane Kaplowitz, “Audubon Interiors”
Windows: “Around the Square”
2/25/82 – 4/2/82 A Sense of Place: Edward Burra and Paul Nash
Windows: Bill Komoski, “Untitled”
1/13/82 – 2/16/82 Judson Dance Theater, 1962–1966
11/03/81 – 12/12/81 Krasner and Pollock: A Working Relationship
9/15/81 – 10/17/81 A Tribute to the Sesquicentennial of NYU: Andre Kertesz / Ralph Fasanella / Private Collection of Drs. John and Mary Ellen Brademas / NYU and Grey Collection
6/22/81 – 7/31/81 The Photography of Space Exploration
Windows: Stewart Wilson, “Personas, Personas!”
4/28/81 – 5/30/81 Tracking the Marvelous
3/9/81 – 4/11/81 Italian Drawings, 1780–1890
1/23/81 – 2/21/81 The Art of the Royal Court of Benin
11/15/80 – 12/27/80 Sonia Delaunay: A Retrospective
9/15/80 – 11/1/80 Walter Gay: A Retrospective
7/8/80 – 8/22/80 Perceiving Modern Sculpture: Selections for the Sighted and Non-Sighted
6/4/80 – 6/28/80 American Stereographs: A Selection from Private Collectors
5/13/80 – 5/31/80 Points of View: The Stereograph in America
4/3/80 – 5/3/80 David Hockney: Prints and Drawings
2/6/80 – 3/22/80 Charles Gleyre
10/24/79 – 12/8/79 American Imagination and Symbolist Painting
9/5/79 – 10/13/79 American Painting: The Eighties
4/31/79 – 8/3/79 LIFE: The First Decade
3/20/79 – 4/12/79 Louis Comfort Tiffany: The Paintings
2/6/79 – 3/1/79 Marc Balet
Ned Smyth
Amanda Palmer
Windows: Selection of Poems by Ann Lauterbach
12/12/78 – 1/20/79 The Big Picture Show: Large Scale Paintings of the Past Two Decades
9/26/78 – 11/22/78 The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright
6/13/78 – 8/25/78 Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff
5/2/78 – 6/2/78 Changes in Perspective, 1880–1925
2/78 – 2/79 Contemporary Japanese Prints from NYU’s Grey Gallery
(Traveling exhibition for Nassau County libraries)
1/10/78 – 2/10/78 Christopher Wilmarth: Sculpture and Drawings
Back Gallery: Jo Sandman: Works on Paper
11/17/77 – 12/21/77 New Deal for Art
9/23/77 – 10/2/77 Panoramic Photography
6/1/77 – 7/29/77 Drawing and Collage: Selections from the NYU Collection
4/1/77 – 5/14/77 Peter Rabbit and Other Tales: Art from the World of Beatrix Potter
2/22/77 – 3/24/77 Posters to Benefit Amnesty International
Tribute to Maurice Grosman
2/1/77 – 3/11/77 Edward Avedisian
Richard Hennessy
Maurice Grossman
12/8/76 – 1/12/77 Parviz Tanavoli: 15 Years of Bronze Sculpture
Locks from Iran
11/01/76 – 11/24/76 Circa 1776
Back Gallery: Salute to the Cooper-Hewitt
9/22/76 – 10/16/76 Part II: Inaugural Exhibition
8/11/76 – 8/27/76 Project Rebuild: Udine
5/76 – 7/76 Marjorie Strider, “Big Box” installation
5/25/76 – 7/8/76 Images of an Era: The American Poster 1945–75
5/11/76 – 5/12/76 Student Video Festival
4/1/76 – 5/5/76 Prints and Techniques: Selections from the NYU Art Collection
2/19/76 – 3/18/76 Aspects of American Realism
1/13/76 – 2/5/76 Recent American Etchings
Back Gallery: Contemporary Art from Iran
10/19/75 – 12/23/75 Irish Directions of the Seventies
9/24/75 – 10/05/75 Report from Soho
7/21/75 – 8/21/75 Lion Rugs from Fars
4/9/75 – 6/24/75 Inaugural Exhibition: Selections from the Abby Weed Grey Collection

 

Notes:

A few location descriptors are seen throughout this list: Back Gallery, Small Gallery, Lower Level Gallery, and Windows. The terms Back Gallery, Small Gallery, and Lower Level Gallery describe different zones of the museum that have existed throughout various renovations made to the building that houses the Grey. At the time of this page’s publication (May 2020), the Grey Art Gallery’s exhibition space comprises the main gallery on the ground floor and the Lower Level Gallery on the basement level. The term Windows refers to an exhibition space that existed in the windows on 100 Washington Square East between Washington Place and Waverly Place; the practice of installing art in these windows was discontinued in 1997.