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The Grady Alexis Gallery: Current and Recent Exhibits

March 13 to
March 30, 2017

Art of the Brain.

Opening Reception: Monday, March 13, 2017 from 6-8pm


February 8 to
March 8, 2017

Gulnara Samoilova: Finding Family. Curated by Corina L. Apostol

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 6-9pm


January 5 to
February 3, 2017

Nor Any Drop To Drink

Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 2017 from 6-8pm


October 15 to
November 24, 2016

Turbulence: Paintings and Photographs by Steven Balogh

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 6-8pm


September 7 to
September 27, 2016

Unidos, United

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 6-11pm


June 14 to
August 25, 2016

Material Color Line:
Works by James Long Jr. and Clover Long

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 4-6pm


March 14 to
March 19, 2016

Art of the Brain

Opening Reception: Monday, March 14, 2016 from 6-8pm


February 7 to
March 9, 2016

Reflections on 14th Street
Paintings by Sheila Schwid

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 3:30pm-6pm


December 15, 2015 to
January 26, 2016

Through the Looking Glass:
Works by Yunuen Esparza with Augmented Reality

Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 6-8pm


Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 10am-6pm, and by appointment.




El Taller is a vital lively place filled with art from the stair landings to the wonderful art shows that come through. It is an asset to the Upper West Side.
Lynn Feasley, New York



Department of Cultural AffairsThis program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.



"The Art of the Brain"


On exhibit March 13–March 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Monday, March 13th, 6-8pm at the Grady Alexis Gallery


Gulnara Samoilova: Finding Family

In honor of this year's Brain Awareness Week (March 13-30, 2017), The Friedman Brain Institute joins the Dana Foundation in its global efforts to "increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research."

The "Art of the Brain" is an exhibition of photographs, medical illustrations, and sculptures that celebrates the beauty of the brain as seen through the eyes of some of the world's leading researchers.

With the aid of the latest technological advances, as symbolized by these images, scientists are better able to understand how the brain works and accelerate the development of new treatments for many brain disorders including Alzheimer's Disease, Autism, Drug Addiction, Schizophrenia, and Parkinson's Disease.

To learn more about The Friedman Brain Institute and the work it does to promote brain health, please visit: www.mountsinai.org/fbi.

For more information about the Exhibition, please contact Veronica at 212.659.5962 or veronica.szarejko@mssm.edu.

"Gulnara Samoilova: Finding Family," Curated by Corina L. Apostol


On exhibit February 8–March 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 8th, 6-9pm at the Grady Alexis Gallery


Gulnara Samoilova: Finding Family

Family photographs have a core place in the history of photography, as well as being a key subject explored by contemporary photographers. What are the implications and issues raised in the transition of this type of work from the private to the public sphere?

This exhibition gives an answer through Tatar-born artist Gulnara Samoilova's photographic series exploring memories of her childhood and family members, on the background of major historical events, such as the Second World War and the end of the Cold War and its consequences. 'Finding Family' explores the ways in which private images may be transformed into sites of history and elements of a collective biography.

Gulnara relocated from Ufa, the capital of the Bashkortostan Republic to New York City in 1992, just one year after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. She began working on her major series 'Lost Family'(2015-2016) after experiencing personal tragedies, namely the passing of her grandmother and her mother in the period between the early and mid-1990s. This was a time when post-Soviet reforms resulted in the privatization of state-owned assets, and the transition from a communist system towards a market economy. The discovery of her family's photo-albums during this tumultuous and period led the artist to research her extensive family, including relatives she never knew, such as her grandfather who served as a pilot in the Second World War and her maternal uncle who spent time in Siberia. Gulnara decided to open up her family albums to critical self-analysis, inviting audiences into her investigation.

In 'Lost Family' and a related series 'Hand-painted photographs' (1987-2016) Gulnara creates complex and striking compositions using original photographs from her family albums. The artists leaves important parts of a black and white photograph intact and overpaints the rest of the image with flowers, text and abstract patterns. Flowers are a significant personal motif for the artist, as they allude to both her mother's name, Rosa, or "rose," and her own, which translates to "bloom of pomegranate." The works include close-up portraits, as well as group photographs, appearing both distant and familiar, haunting lush landscapes like memories projected on a screen. Gulnara's family members and the artist herself perform representations of themselves that cross temporal and spatial boundaries, connecting with each other within the compositional space.

As she culls through formal and personal photographs, Gulnara raises questions about how to represent that which is hidden, deferred or denied. In trying to find a photographic-artistic language to address death, mourning, remembering and reparation, the artist draws on her own lived experiences while at the same time inviting audiences to find their own reflections and resonances. Weaving together past and present, Gulnara's fantastical, dream-like photo-collages are at the same time deeply personal investigations of her relatives, and a recollection of an almost forgotten era and its people.

Artist Bio

Gulnara is a Tatar-born fine art and street photographer based in New York City. She holds a certificate in fine art from the International Center of Photography in New York City and a diploma in photography from the Moscow Poletech College. Gulnara is one of eighty-nine artists in residence at the prestigious El Barrio's Artspace PS 109. In her current work Gulnara uses black and white photographs, montages, and oil paints to explore her childhood and family. Her documentary work was published and exhibited around the world, and she has received national and international awards for her photographs, including first prize in the most prestigious World Press Photo competition, The New York Press Club, and she was named Interphoto Photographer of the Year. Gulnara's work is a part of major collections at the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, the Newseum, The Akron Museum, 9/11 Memorial Museum, and Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Her photographs are in the private collections of Elton John, Steven Kasher, Timothy Baum, and Henry Buhl.

Curator Bio

Corina L. Apostol is an art historian and curator based in New York. Currently she is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she is writing her dissertation "Dissident Education: Socially Engaged Art from Eastern Europe in Global Context (1980-present)." She has curated exhibitions at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers as well as at galleries in Europe and the United States. Corina has taught several art history courses at Rutgers University and at the Jutland Art Academy. She has published in numerous journals and books, including a chapter on the conceptual artist Lia Perjovschi in the volume Area Studies in the Global Age: Community, Place, Identity, published by the Northern Illinois University Press (2015).

"Nor Any Drop To Drink," Curated by Adam Zucker


On exhibit from January 5 - February 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 2017 from 6-8pm at the Grady Alexis Gallery


Nor Any Drop to Drink

While the majority of our planet is made up of water, our water sources themselves are in danger of becoming scarce. In fact, freshwater makes up only 2.5% of the total volume of the world's water sources. Therefore, it is not surprising that the issue of water has continuously contributed to the rise of many major issues facing humanity. Many of the poignant conditions that make for water's scarcity are the effects of water run-off due to fracking, the pollution of water sources, and water rights abuses surrounding making clean water available to all communities. In the light of the nationwide socially engaged actions in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the themes in Nor Any Drop to Drink are both timely and timeless. The artists in this exhibition represent several unique perspectives on water and its life altering affects. Through the use of both traditional and non-traditional materials, the resulting work is diverse in its aesthetic and conceptual interpretations of water. In addition to the exhibition, a printmaking and letter writing workshop, open to all ages, will take place in January 2017. The workshop will employ graphic techniques that explore each individual's unique perspective about water. The results will be unique postcards that will be sent to our local representatives. Individuals will personalize their letters to ask their elected officials to support and protect our environment and our rights to clean water.

"Turbulence: Paintings and Photographs by Steven Balogh"


On exhibit from October 15 - November 21
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 6-8pm at the Grady Alexis Gallery



The Grady Alexis Gallery is pleased to present Turbulence, an exhibition of paintings and photographs by New York-based artist Steven Balogh. The October 15th reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view from October 15 - November 21, 2016.

Steven Balogh describes his works as "a visual representation of chaos." His work has often been a channel for discontent and raw emotion. Balogh uses the canvas as a vehicle for translating his concerns into a non-verbal context, transcending polarity as the language of art becomes a statement beyond words. His paintings trigger the instinctual, primal memory. In the same way, the photographs become a seamless shift from the world of absolute abstraction into material. Balogh's use of paint, stroke, and color on the canvas evokes textures found amongst the detritus and structure of our world.

Steven Balogh, born Balogh István Vilmos, is a well-known painter originally from Hungary. Balogh immigrated to the U.S. in 1986 after spending seven months in an Austrian refugee camp. He studied art as a child in Budapest. In the 1980's Balogh was part of the Hungarian VLS Studio, a group of underground artists, along with artistic director of Contemporary Arts International, Viktor Lois. Before the fall of communism in 1989, the government censored much of Balogh's work. His art is exhibited and collected internationally.

"Unidos - United"


On exhibit from September 7 - September 27
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 6-11pm at the Grady Alexis Gallery



"Unidos, United" celebrates diversity and fusion. This group exhibition of resident and local artists in El Barrio and NYC honors the rich culture and tapestries of our beloved neighborhood, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the one year anniversary of El Barrio's Artspace PS109, a unique development created to foster and promote creativity and community development. The Arts, visual, performance, music have long been part of the fabric that is El Barrio, a unique and historically rich part of New York City filled with many legends, past and present. "Unidos, United" unifies resident artists, local artists and community, while exploring history, experience and identity.

In collaboration with El Taller Latino Americano, one of our wonderful resident non-profits, the exhibit extends to the Grady Alexis Gallery.

"Material Color Line": Works by James Long Jr. and Clover Long


On exhibit from June 14 - August 25
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 4-6pm at the Grady Alexis Gallery



Children's art inspires an exhibition of new works at El Taller Latino Americano's Grady Alexis Gallery. Color Material Line is an exhibition of works by artist James Long Jr. The reception is free and open to the public on June 14, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm. The exhibition is on view from June 14 - August 25, 2016.

In Color Material Line, artist and teacher James Long Jr. has been working from his fascination for how children develop a graphic language. This show features his daughter's, Clover (age 9), drawings made with the software Sketchbook Pro on an I-pad and his appropriation of those forms that are later developed into two and three-dimensional works. One such noted work is taken from Clover's post-it note drawing, "Hansel and Gretel Treasure Chests," that is then seen as sophisticated paintings on walnut tree wood, "Appropriation Collaboration." In another, a shared game of blowing bubbles produces images that move and flow and that portray levity in contrast to a neighboring block of steel, mounted on steel wheels, and set on a large piece of unfinished Oak. The effect of these works demonstrates the beauty of the natural and man made world through the lens of play.

Born in Annville, Pennsylvania, James Long Jr. is an artist and art teacher in New York. Long received his BFA in sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1994, his MFA in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in 1996, and his MA in art education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2003. Long was a recipient of two Fellowships, a Peace Corps Fellowship and an American India Foundation Fellowship, for his work in art education. Long has exhibited his work at many venues including the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, Ghana's National Museum, Columbia University in New York City, and many galleries in Baltimore city. Most recently James Long was an artist in residence at Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia Minnesota.

"Art of the Brain"


On exhibit from March 14 - March 19
Opening Reception: Monday, March 14, 2016 from 6-8pm at the Grady Alexis Gallery


On view at the Grady Alexis Gallery AND The Phillips Ambulatory Care Center Atrium at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (10 Union Square East)


In honor of this year's Brain Awareness Week (March 14-20, 2016), The Friedman Brain Institute joins the Dana Foundation in its global efforts to "increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research".

The "Art of the Brain" is an exhibition of photographs that celebrates the beauty of the brain as seen through the eyes of some of the world's leading researchers.

With the aid of the latest technological advances, as symbolized by these images, scientists are better able to understand how the brain works and accelerate the development of new treatments for many brain disorders including Alzheimer's Disease, Autism, Drug Addiction, Schizophrenia and Parkinson's Disease.

To learn more about The Friedman Brain Institute and the work it does to promote brain health, please visit: www.mountsinai.org/fbi

For more information about the Exhibition, please contact Veronica at 212.659.5962 or veronica.szarejko@mssm.edu

Reflections on 14th Street:
Paintings by Sheila Schwid


On exhibit from February 7 - March 9, 2016
Opening Reception:  Sunday, February 3 from 3:30pm


Through the Looking Glass:
Works by Yunuen Esparza with Augmented Reality


On exhibit from December 15 - January 26
Opening Reception:  Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 6-8pm




Artist, Yunuen Esparza, comes to the Grady Alexis Gallery from Mexico.

Her cubo-fugurative works are skillfully conveyed and further embellished by a timely (and clever) approach that uses the Yunuene™App that make these paintings come to life.





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