The Chaim Gross Studio Museum

The Chaim Gross Studio Museum, located in Greenwich Village, was founded in 1989 with the mission to collect, preserve, display, and interpret in an historical context Chaim Gross's art and to foster an understanding of how artists live and work.

The selection of works on view demonstrates the contiunity of Gross's personal vision over seven decades: the figure in repose, acrobats, mother and child groupings, and religious Jewish imagery predominate. Although his favorite subjects remained constant, their variations were boundless.

The Chaim Gross Studio Museum, housed in the artist's former home and studio, is operated under the auspices of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation. During their lifetimes, the artist and his wife contributed art, their home and financial support. The Museum hopes to continue their efforts by acquiring additional works through donations.

At the Chaim Gross Studio Museum the visitor can examine the artist's work in special gallery settings as well as see where the artist originally worked. On the first floor is an array of his wood and stone carvings ranging from the early 1920s to his final wood sculpture of 1988--89. Also on view is the artist's studio as it looked when Gross was alive. Beneath the skylight the visitor can see his tools, an unfinished carving still in a vise and on surrounding shelves examples of his portrait busts and preparatory maquettes. On the second floor are displayed his later bronzes, as well as changing installations devoted to his watercolors and drawings.

Informal gallery talks for groups of all ages can now be accommodated. Future plans include lectures, films, videos and workshop demonstrations, as well as traveling exhibitions of the artist's work. The Museum promotes scholarly research and encourages graduate students to prepare theses and doctoral dissertations on the life and work of Chaim Gross, maintains a research library, as well as archives relating to the art of Chaim Gross and the collections that he and his wife, Renee, assembled during their fifty-nine year marriage. Catalogues raisonne of the works on paper, and the sculpture, currently are in progress.

Text prepared by April J. Paul, Curator

The Chaim Gross Studio Museum
526 LaGuardia Place
Open 12 PM -- 6 PM Saturday and by appointment
(212) 529-4906