Upcoming Programs

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited. All are subject to change. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.

Conversation<br/>John Cohen and Thomas Crow
Feb 22, 2017 | 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

John Cohen, photographer, musician, filmmaker, artist, and professor emeritus of visual arts, SUNY Purchase College; and Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and author of The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design 1930–1995, will discuss Cohen’s role in the downtown art and music scene in the 1950s and […]

Panel<br/>Exhibition, Environment, Performance
Feb 28, 2017 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

This roundtable discussion will consider how artists in New York expanded both modes of artmaking and varieties of presentation in the alternative art spaces of the 1950s and ’60s. Moderated by Bruce Altshuler, director of Museum Studies, NYU, with speakers Claire Bishop, professor of Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; André Lepecki, associate professor of Performance Studies, NYU; […]

Panel<br/>Artist Collectives Today
Mar 03, 2017 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

In this panel discussion, speakers will focus on how artist collectives today are advocating for artists’ rights, and how artists and galleries are working to prevent the displacement of longtime neighborhood residents, businesses, and organizations. Moderated by ACE members, with speakers to be announced. Organized by Advocates for Cultural Engagement (ACE) and co-sponsored by NYU’s […]

Conversation<br/>Tenth Street Days
Mar 06, 2017 | 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Moderator Irving Sandler, art historian and critic, in conversation with artists Lois Dodd and Philip Pearlstein, will reflect on their early days at the Tanager Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Department of Art & Art Professions (Steinhardt) and Grey Art Gallery.

Panel<br/>Downtown on the Beach: Exploring 1950s–’60s Provincetown
Mar 09, 2017 | 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

In this panel discussion, artists will consider the vibrant Provincetown art scene in the 1950s and after, focusing in particular on the Sun Gallery and the HCE Gallery. Also included are a screening and discussion of Yvonne Andersen’s documentary film The Sun Gallery Provincetown 1955–59 (13:48 min.), and a viewing of newly discovered photographs by […]

Gallery Conversation<br/>Brian Bentley
Mar 22, 2017 | 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

With Brian Bentley, graduate curatorial assistant, Grey Art Gallery, and PhD student, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

Walking Tour<br/>Exploring East Tenth Street and Beyond
Mar 25, 2017 | 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

  Lucy Oakley, head of education and programs, Grey Art Gallery, NYU, and Grey interns will lead a walking tour of East Tenth Street and environs, focusing in particular on the sites of artist-run galleries in Inventing Downtown and evoking the rich cultural landscape of avant-garde New York during the 1950s and early ’60s. Organized […]

Lecture<br/>Alt O’Hara: Coterie and Counter-Institution
Mar 29, 2017 | 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Placing Frank O’Hara’s writing in relation to the development of alternative art galleries in the early 1960s, this lecture by Lytle Shaw, professor of English, NYU, will explore the ways that O’Hara’s cultivation of a coterie served an analogous function in terms of both the social world and literary history. Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of […]

Past Programs

Panel<br/>Reverberations: Historical and Art Historical Collisions
Feb 15, 2017 | 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Exploring pressing social issues around art in New York during the 1950s and ’60s—a moment in American history that is both transitional and transformative—this roundtable discussion will examine the proliferation of art and other visual images relating to the Holocaust, the Cold War, civil rights, free speech, and access to, separation from, and collision of […]

Lecture<br/>Revisiting the 1960s, Globalization, Monopoly, and Art Outlaws:  Yayoi Kusama and the Rise of the Leo Castelli Gallery
Feb 13, 2017 | 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Artist Yayoi Kusama and art dealer Leo Castelli both launched their careers in the multicultural downtown scene of the 1950s. In this lecture, Midori Yamamura, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, and author of Yayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular (MIT Press, 2015), will examine how, with the rise of the global […]

POSTPONED: Conversation<br/>Downtown Forever: Artists and Conservators in Conversation
Feb 09, 2017 | 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Please note: This program has been postponed due to inclement weather. Join artists Mimi Gross and Robert Whitman (both included in Inventing Downtown) in conversation with conservators Kate Lewis (MoMA), Kendra Roth (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Jennifer Hickey (Private Practice) about preserving their work and legacy. The discussion will consider works of art from the […]