Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mothering Day - Celebrating the Nurturing Spirit in Us All

Ebo People, Queen Mother Mask Pendant: Iyoba, 16th century, Benin
Metropolitan Museum of Art (to honor the mother of King/Oba Esigie, Idia)

Ancient Egyptian, Queen Hatshepsut, 1479-1459 BC, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Metropolitan Museum of Art  (First female pharaoh, stepmother of Thutmose III) 

Happy Mothering Day - 

Honoring our mothers, aunts, cousins, and friends;

the nurturing spirit within ourselves;

and our Mother Earth

Celebrate royally!

Love and hugs,
Beth and the New York Arts Exchange

Saturday, May 1, 2021

A May Day 2021 Wish for You . . . .

Happy May Day!

"I bring  happiness"

In France, May Day brings gifts of lilies-of-the-valley called muguets to wish friends and family happiness in the year ahead.   

This year I found a new variation online:

"Happiness is not to have all you desire, 
but that all you desire is what you have"

Whichever sentiment you choose, may you spend this day ruminating on the goodness that life brings to you and may goodness embrace you forever.

Bonne Fête - Happy May 1st and International Labor Day -
With love and warm wishes on this brisk spring day -

Beth and the New York Arts Exchange


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Michael Richards' Exhibition Curators' Virtual Tour on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7 pm


Michael Richards, Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian, from the Tuskegee Airmen series, 1999

Please join us for the curators' virtual tour of

Michael Richards: Are You Down?

an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

at 7 pm, Wednesday, April 28, 2021

with curators Melissa Levin and Alex Fialho

To register, click on this link

I hope you will be able to attend,

Beth and the New York Arts Exchange

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Spring 2021 Greetings - Happy Holidays

Charles Ethan Porter, Peonies in a Bowl, 1885

Happy Passover
Happy Easter

Sending you best wishes for the Spring - 
May you enjoy good health and holiday pleasures

Love and hugs,
Beth and the New York Arts Exchange


Monday, March 8, 2021

Studio Visit on Zoom with artist Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper hosted by Greenwich Arts Council - Free!

Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper 

Please join us for a Studio Visit with
artist Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper

hosted by Greenwich Arts Council


Wednesday, March 10th at 7 pm

Registration is Free
Register here

Artist and art instructor Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper will welcome us to her studio via Zoom to share her artworks, process and story.  She is a cancer survivor, who discovered her artistic calling through healing.  We will have a powerpoint presentation followed by a Q and A. Beth Gersh-Nešić, director of the New York Arts Exchange, will conduct the interview


Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper in her studio

Ms. Grant-Cooper founded SISTAAH, Inc. (Survivors Inspiring Sisters Through Art and Advocacy for Health), an arts-based non-profit organization which seeks to inform, encourage and facilitate access to early detection of breast cancer by connecting the medically underserved to free screening services. Through SISTAAH, Inc.,  she also launched two successful grant-funded community art projects: Saving Our Sisters in the African American Community, and the Harlem Hand Fan Initiative.

Ms. Grant-Cooper creates assemblages using mixed-media and found objects which she repurposes into visual art.  Among her collectors are  Alice Walker, President Bill Clinton, Vy Higginson, Hoda Kotb, Hamilton Landmark Galleries, Heath Gallery and Universal Studios. 

Her memoir A Feeling of Fullness: Insights of a Divinely Guided Journey Beyond Breast Cancer (2016) is available on her website:

I look forward to seeing you on Zoom this Wednesday evening.

Happy International Women's Day,

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



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Celebrating Women's History Month: Our Art Salon on March 3rd, Zoom at 7 pm: A Feminist Monument in Central Park

Vinnie Bagwell, Victory Beyond Sims, model 2020

Come join us for tonight's 
Wednesday, March 3rd
7 pm
Hosted by Greenwich Arts Council
(write to for the Zoom link)

Sculptor Vinnie Bagwell unveiled her model for a new monument in Central Park at the Hudson River Museum in September 2020, as part of the exhibition Women at the Fore, September 18, 2020 through January 3, 2021.  Although the in-person experience has closed, the virtual experience remains available online on the Hudson River Museum's website. 

Our Art Salons, hosted by the Greenwich Arts Council on Zoom, have focused on the entire exhibition of one subject (Félix Fénéon at MoMA, closed on January 2, 2021) and one artist's singular series of paintings (Jacob Lawrence: American Struggle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, August 29 through November 1, 2020).

Tonight's Art Salon takes its content from Women at the Fore, a group exhibition of 40 women artists from the 19th through 21st centuries.  However, the sheer vastness of the show, which happily introduced numerous lesser-known women artists in addition to the famous Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe and Miriam Shapiro, felt overwhelming as I tried to figure out a way to pull a thread through this one topic: women artists.  The subject matter seems fairly female, but not compelling enough to generate a coherent discussion among us all.

To that end, I decided to focus on one topic introduced into the narrative of this feminist exhibition: 
Vinnie Bagwell's Victory Beyond Sims, which will replace the J. Marion Sims statue in Central Park. Sims was a 19th century gynecologist who experimented on enslaved Black women. Born in South Carolina, he remained loyal to the Confederacy, even while he lived in New York, where he died in 1880.  The statue by German sculptor Ferdinand Freiherr von Miller was installed in Bryant Park in 1894 and then moved to Central Park in 1934. It was taken down from its place in Central Park on April 17, 2018, following the protests motivated by the publication of exposés on Sims' abusive medical practices in  2017.

Our discussion will focus on Vinnie Bagwell's sculptures, the iconography of Victory Beyond Sims, and the feelings we have toward public monuments in the 2021 century.  

Videos on the sculptures by Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley will be viewed and discussed as well.

Please join us at 7 pm this evening.  I look forward to sharing a lively conversation with you on this timely topic.

Best wishes,

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


Sunday, February 14, 2021

A Valentine Quiz - Who Are Art History's Greatest Love Matches?

Frans Hals, Marriage Portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa and Beatrice van der Laen, 1622.  Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

It's Valentine's Day 2021.  Let's celebrate with a sentimental challenge: can you identify these lovers in art?

If you can guess all 10: you merit the whole pound of chocolates;  9-7: you merit a half a pound of chocolates; 7- 5: you merit a quarter of a pound of chocolates; 4 and under: you merit a Hersey's Kiss and a hug for trying.  Thank you for taking the time to test your knowledge and click through for the correct answers.  Please feel free to share with your fellow art history fans.  

Happy Valentine's Day  - 

With love and hugs,

Beth and the New York Arts Exchange

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

February Zooms: Art Salons Hosted by Greenwich Arts Council and "Queen Esther in Art" Hosted by Learning in Retirement Stamford


Paul Signac, Portrait of Félix Fénéon, 1890
aka Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints
Museum of Modern Art, NYC

In about a month from now, we'll mark the first anniversary of the Covid-19 lockdown and, perhaps, look back on all we accomplished during this challenging "pause."  Did you see all the 2,500 museums available online?  Did you take all the virtual art tours?  I sure haven't.  

Oh - I have visited a few virtual exhibitions, as well as several in person since art museums and galleries opened this past summer.  The in-person experience can't be beat. However, there are several virtual exhibitions that merit praise.

What do YOU think of virtual exhibitions on museum websites?  I would genuinely like to know.

So with that curiosity in mind, and a sincere desire to talk to you about art, as we did when we toured the museum and galleries shows, I have dreamed up a series of 4 meetings, which I call "art salons" that offer an opportunity to talk about art and not sit passively listening to the presenter.

Our series of 4 salons is called: Critiquing the Virtual Museum Experience

It is hosted by Greenwich Arts Council.  You can learn more about the series and register here.

  • Cost: $15 each
  • Topics:  
  1. Félix Fénéon at MoMA
  2. Jacob Lawrence at the Met
  3. Women artists at the Hudson River Museum
  4. Crowd-sourced photos of life during the Covid-19 Pandemic at the Phillips Collection.

  • Each session features conversations about the curator's theme, content, and website presentation. We will meet in small "rooms" to facilitate lively and spontaneous exchanges. Preparation for these salons is recommended in order to fully engage in the three conversational segments listed above (theme, content, and success/failure as a virtual art experience).  However, it's not necessary.
I hope you will join us for these 1 1/2 hour opportunities to really weigh in on the art scene today.

For more details, please visit the Greenwich Arts Council website.

Antoine Coypel, Esther Swoons Before King Ahasuerus, c. 1704
Musée du Louvre

Art History Lecture on Zoom, Hosted by Learning in Retirement:
"Images of Queen Esther in Art"

Wednesday, February 24 at 10 am.
Browse and register here and here
Fee: $5.00

I'll lecture on the image of Queen Esther in art, just in time to celebrate Purim on February 25-26.
Please join me for this sprint through hundreds of years of artworks about The Book of Esther in the Bible, each created for a different audience: Catholic, Protestant and Jewish.  

I hope you will sign up for one or more of these art history events.
And I hope I see you again soon!

Warm wishes for Valentine's Day,

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

Monday, January 18, 2021

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., delivers his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in the auditorium of Oslo University in Norway on Dec. 10, 1964.  (AP Photo)ASSOCIATED PRESS

Today we honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. with remembering his advice and striving to bring all humankind together in peace and harmony:

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”

Abbé Godwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1997, Raleigh, NC

Erick Blome, Martin Luther King, Jr, 2007, Rocky Mount, NC

Lei Yixin, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, 2010/dedicated 2011, Washington, DC

Monday, January 4, 2021

New Year's Greeting 2021 - It's Finally Here!

May this new year bring you and your family peace, joy and good health all the way through - 

Love and hugs,

and the New York Arts Exchange