OPENING NIGHT – Home Away From Home: Chaim Gross & 70 Years At Educational Alliance
“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.