Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Homes for the Holidays - Visiting New York's Historic Houses/Museums

Morris Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC (near West 160 St)
Built in 1765 - Website

Home for the holidays may mean going to our magnificent historic mansions, one hotel and one church up in Pocantico Hills by December 30th - in time to see Lyndhurst in full Christmas splendor on the same day.  On Manhattan, several homes are open all year 'round.   Here is a list by way of photos and captions, which provide historical information and websites.  

The Merchant's House is open on New Year's Day - a lovely way to begin 2018.  (Please note that your support of these historic properties is crucial for their survival.  So paying admission or offering a donation online is always greatly appreciated.)

Hotel Mount Vernon, 421 East 61st Street, NYC
Built in 1799 - Website

Merchant's House, 29 East 4th Street, NYC
Betw. Lafayette and Bowery, Built in 1832
Website - open on January 1, 2018

Edgar Allan Poe's Cottage, 2640 Grand Concourse 
at East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY
 Built in c. 1812, Website

Lyndhurst Mansion, 365 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
Designed in 1838 - Website
Closes for the season on December 30th - reopens in April
Holiday tours still available

Union Church, 555 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY,
Built in 1921 - Website; Open through December 30th
Reopens in April 2018 

Happy Holiday Week - stay warm,

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange, LLC

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Holidays Are Here! Exhibitions to Celebrate the Season

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901)
La Troupe de Mademoiselle Églantine, 1896
Color lithograph, 617 x 804 mm
© Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greec

Top Museum Exhibitions in NY/CT:

Metropolitan Museum of Art:  "Michelangelo," through February 12; "Leonardo to Matisse," through January 7; "David Hockney," through February 25, 2018.

Met Breuer: "Delirious," through January 14; "Edvard Munch," through February 4, 2018.

The Cloisters: Permanent Collection

Guggenheim Museum: "Art and China after 1989," through January 7, 2018.

Jewish Museum: "Modigliani Unmasked," through February 4; "Fashioning Jewish Dress," through March 18, 2018.

Neue Galerie: "Wiener Werkstätte, 1902-1932," through January 19, 2018.

El Museo del Barrio: TBA [They closed their last exhibitions on December 10, 2017].

Museum of the City of New York "Mod New York," through April 1; "Art in the Open," through May 13, 2018.

Studio Museum of Harlem: "Fictions," through January 15, 2018.

Museum of Modern Art: "Louise Bourgeois," through January 28; "Stephen Shore," through May 28; "Charles White - Leonardo, curated by David Hammons," through January 3, 2018.

MOMA, PS 1: "Carolee Schneedman," through March 11, 2018.

Whitney Museum: "Toyin Ojih Odutola," through February 25; "Laura Owens," through February 4; "Jimmie Durham," through January 28, 2018.

Morgan Library and Museum: "Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection," through January 7; "Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas," through January 14, 2018.

Scandinavia House: "Edvard Munch's Photography," through March 5, 2018.

New York Historical Society: "John F. Kennedy," through January 7, 2018; "Arthur Szyk: Soldiers in Art," through January 21; "Holiday Express: Toy Trains," through February 25, "Vietnam War," through April 22; "Hotbed: Greenwich Village in the 1920s," through March 25, 2018.

Museum of the Native American: "Native Americans in the US Armed Forces," through February 2018; "Infinity of Nations [from the Permanent Collection]," ongoing.

New Museum: "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon," through January 21; "Kalil Joseph," through January 7, 2018.

Hudson River Museum: "Walk with the Artists: Hudson Valley," through January 21; "World War I Posters," through January 21; "Figurative Works from the Permanent Collection," through January 21, 2018.

Neuberger Museum: "Romare Bearden," through December 22; "Janet Biggs," through December 22, 2017.

Bruce Museum: "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec," through January 7; "American Abstraction," through March 1, 2018.

Katonah Museum: "Arman and Nick Cave," through January 7, 2018.

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art: "Between I and Thou," through December 2017.

Edward Hopper House: "Carrie Mae Weems," through February 25, 2018.

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: "Tony Matelli's Hera," through January 1; "Anissa Mack," through April 22; "Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley," through April 22; "Shared Space," through April 22, 2018.

Lehman College Gallery: "Gothic Influence on Contemporary Art," through February 10, 2018. Catalogue online.

Stay turned for Studio and Gallery Holiday Events tomorrow.

I am teaching a course online at Purchase College during the Winter Semester: Impressionism.  If you would like to audit, please let me know.

Also - for more timely recommendations and information about art and art criticism, please follow us on Facebook, where I post daily: New York Arts Exchange on Facebook

Happy Holidays to You -
Beth New York

a.k.a. Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange, LLC

Friday, December 8, 2017

Israeli Photographer Roni Ben Ari Comes to NYC, Book Signing on Dec. 16th

Please join us to welcome Israeli photographer Roni Ben Ari to NYC

at her

Book Signing of Ladies in Waiting

Foley Gallery, 59 Orchard Street, NYC
Between Grand and Hester Streets

6 - 10:30 PM

Award-winning television journalist who became a full-time photographer, Roni Ben-Ari brought to Bosom Bodies: An Exhibition in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month a sobering narrative about the world of prostitution beyond the lurid images we see in the tabloids.  This is not your 21st century of Manet's Olympia or a feminist view of  Picasso's  Les Demoiselles d'Avignon moved to Israel, Russia and India.  No - this is real life captured by a sympathetic,  gifted artist who met these "working women" between tricks and promotional posing in brothels.  She calls them Ladies in Waiting.  The artist explains:

"In the  Ladies in Waiting photography project I was introduced to the lives of sex workers through my volunteer work in a mobile clinic in Tel Aviv. It is a clinic that offers medical treatment, food for women that work in prostitution ‒ in the streets or in apartment. The clinic’s staff includes a doctor, a nurse, social workers and dedicated volunteers that travel on set days to places that are known to have prostitutes who are subjugated to their profession. The female staff provides blood tests to identify sexual diseases, manual breast exam, condoms, and clean needles for drug use ‒ which are an inseparable part of prostitution. They offer sandwiches as well as cold and hot drinks. With these actions, they attempt to acquire their trust, and to provide them with an honest environment, a friendly face, genuine concern and a sympathetic ear. . . . . "

Roni is bringing copies of her book Ladies in Waiting to New York and will be available to sign it and talk to you about the project at Foley Gallery, 59 Orchard Street, 6-10:30 PM.

For more information, please contact me at the New York Arts Exchange: or  This is a special event taking place at Foley Gallery.

I look forward to celebrating Roni's NYC visit with you on Saturday, December 16th at Foley Gallery between Grand Street and Hester Street. 

Happy Holidays,

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Boutique Featuring Wilhelmina Grant and Friends - December 2 and 3

So excited about this new direction for Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, whose work has been featured at Art Above the Sofa last April and Bosom Bodies in October.  

Wilhelmina joins Radiah Harper, Alison Hamilton, Colette Belfor, Ken Wright, Madlyn Wade, Inez Singletary and Deborah Singletary for this unique exhibition of affordable art: beautiful art cards to gift that special person in your life or yourself.

For more information, please contact Wilhelmina at or call 212-234-1329. 
To join me on Saturday, please email me at

Best wishes for your holiday shopping! 

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange, LLC