ABOUT THE EXHIBIT | “Home Away from Home” explores the collaborative 70-year relationship between renowned American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91) and the Educational Alliance. Charting the artist’s expansive career, the exhibit explores how the Alliance served as a second home for an immigrant who came from Eastern Europe to America in 1921 to pursue his dream to be a modern artist. Growing from student to teacher, Gross taught sculpture for over 50 years to hundreds of students at the Alliance, a symbiotic relationship that gave him a foundation in New York City to cement his own identity as an artist.
The exhibit will feature wood and bronze sculptures, as well as prints and drawings by Gross. A focused section on self-portraits by Gross will help tell the rich story of Gross’s artistic evolution as an immigrant artist within the Lower East Side community in the early 20th century. A highlight of the exhibit will be a selection of historic African sculptures from Gross’s personal art collection that he began to collect in the 1930s.
ABOUT THE RENEE & CHAIM GROSS FOUNDATION | The Foundation is located in the historic Greenwich Village townhouse and studio of American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91) at 526 LaGuardia Place. The Foundation stewards an extensive collection of over 10,000 objects that includes Gross’s sculptures, drawings, prints, and sketchbooks; a photographic archive; and Gross’s personal collection of African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, American, and European art.
ABOUT THE EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE ART SCHOOL | Located in Manny Cantor Center, the Educational Alliance Art School has served as an outlet for community engagement and dialogue in the arts for nearly a century. In addition to Chaim Gross, the Art School has hosted – both as students and as faculty – renowned artists including Peter Blume, Louise Nevelson, Mark Rothko, and Max Weber. Today, the Art School continues its mission to provide New Yorkers of all backgrounds a space to create and connect with year-round exhibitions and renewed educational offerings.
CURATED BY SASHA DAVIS, CURATOR OF COLLECTIONS AT THE RENEE & CHAIM GROSS FOUNDATION
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.