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.

Film Screenings<br/>John Cohen
Jan 28, 2017 | 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

John Cohen, photographer in Inventing Downtown, will introduce his films: 6:00 pm (65 min.): Dylan (first film footage of young Bob Dylan in New York City); The High Lonesome Sound (music of rural poor in Kentucky); The End of an Old Song (ballad singers in North Carolina). 8:00 pm (60 min.): Musical Holdouts (survey of American […]

Film Screenings<br/>John Cohen
Jan 29, 2017 | 05:30 pm - 09:30 pm

John Cohen, photographer in Inventing Downtown, will introduce his films: 5:30 pm (95 min.): Mountain Music of Peru (centuries-old music of the Andes); Carnival in Q’eros (Andean Indians); 8:00 pm (90 min.): Roscoe Holcomb from Daisy Kentucky (banjo/guitar player and coal miner); and Visions of Mary Frank (portrait of artist in Inventing Downtown). Co-organized by […]

Feb 01, 2017 | 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

Founded by Amos Vogel in 1947, the Cinema 16 film society attracted downtown artists to its landmark programs of documentary and avant-garde films—including the medley of shorts to be screened: Arne Sucksdorff, A Divided World (10 min.), Oskar Fischinger, Allegretto (3 min.), Kenneth Anger, Fireworks (15 min.), Weegee and Amos Vogel, Weegee’s New York (33 […]

Conversation<br/>Ulrich Baer and Hasia R. Diner
Feb 08, 2017 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Ulrich Baer, professor of German, Comparative Literature, and English, and vice provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities & Diversity; and Hasia R. Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, both NYU, will discuss perspectives on the Holocaust in the postwar era. Co-sponsored by NYU’s […]

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

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 Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation collection as well as featured objects […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Hall of Issues 2017: New York<br/>#J20 Art Strike
Jan 20, 2017 | 11:00 am - 06:00 pm

An open call to anyone who has any statement to make Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East Friday, January 20, 11 am–6 pm The Fales Library, Bobst Library, NYU, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor Friday, January 20, Monday, January 22–Friday, January 27, 10 am–5 pm “Sensing that today’s events, large and small, […]

Panel<br/>Outliers, Mavericks and Risk-takers: The Emergence and Legacy of Downtown
Jan 19, 2017 | 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Examining downtown’s further evolution—from the opening of commercial art galleries in SoHo in the late 1960s to the emergence of the Lower East Side as a new art hub—this panel will focus on the adventurous risk-takers who helped make downtown the epicenter of the New York art scene. Moderated by Grace Glueck, journalist, with speakers […]

Film Screening: Inventing Downtown<br/>Artists Make Movies
Jan 15, 2017 | 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Artists Make Movies (105 min.): The Last Clean Shirt (Leslie) and The Medium is the Medium (Kaprow, Paik, Tambellini, et al.). Co-organized by Anthology Film Archives and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. Tickets and complete film listings: anthologyfilmarchives.org.