Gallery Calendar

All four galleries of The National Arts Club are open to the public and can be visited Monday to Friday between 10 AM and 5 PM (hours are subject to change). There is no admission fee.


 

Grand & Gregg Galleries
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club: The 118th Annual Open Juried Exhibition
December 1 - 20


The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club came into being over a century ago, and serves to educate the public through its exhibitions and programs taking place throughout the year.
For 60 years, the Club has been welcomed by the NAC in furthering that goal and hosting the Annual Open Juried Exhibition.


Following the CLWAC Exhibition

A Seasonal Selection from the NAC's Permanent Collection
December 22 - January 3

 
Marquis Gallery
The Fosdick Panels
December 1 - January 3


We are pleased to present a special encore holiday showing of James Williams Fosdick’s  beautiful and unique “panels celebrating the liberal Arts and Science.”
   J.W. Fosdick (1858 - 1937) was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts and studied at the Boston Museum School and the Académie Julian in Paris. During the early 20th century, Fosdick lived and worked in New York City and is noted as the founder of Fire Etching in America. The panels in the NAC Permanent Collection are done in the Medieval Revival style and were originally designed to hang in the Men’s Grill.
   After the closing of the Men’s Grill in the 1960’s, the panels remained on permanent display in the section of the Grill renamed the Gregg Room (now the Marquis Gallery) until 1980. The panels were exhibited in an Arts and Crafts style casement (now lost) and the room was enhanced by a bolder patterned fireplace of the same style.

Image Shown: James William Fosdick, Science (detail), 1915. Painted and gilded fire etching on wood
 
Trask Galler
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Saul Leiter
December 1 - January 3


Saul Leiter (1923-2013) made an enormous and unique contribution to photography with a highly prolific period in New York City in the 1940s and 50s. His abstracted forms and radically innovative compositions have a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his New York School contemporaries. Well-known for his color work, Leiter’s distinctive imagery stems from his profound and touching response to the dynamic street life of New York City.
   In 2006, the groundbreaking book Saul Leiter: Early Color was published by Gerhard Steidl in Germany. The “little book,” as he humbly spoke of it, became an overnight sensation with worldwide distribution and firmly established Leiter as an early pioneer in the history of color photography. Leiter’s work has been prominently featured in solo museum and gallery shows in the U.S. and in Europe. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.
   This exhibition at The National Arts Club represents a selection of images from the book Saul Leiter: Early Color. The images range in date from 1950-1962. Most of the images from the book and in this presentation were taken close to Leiter’s home on 10th Street in the East Village where he lived for over sixty years.
   - Margit Erb, Director and Founder of the Saul Leiter Foundation

 
Grand Galler
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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes: Los Caprichos
January 5 - 31


Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 8, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Goya’s Los Caprichos are major masterworks from the Age of Enlightenment. Published in 1799, the album of eighty prints in etching and aquatint is Goya’s critical testament to the wave of ignorance, superstition and common prejudice that enveloped Spanish society of his time. Goya’s original visions of monsters, specters and elegance gone mad are bizarre and disturbing yet often humorous and compelling.
   As both prints and images, the pages of Los Caprichos are a groundbreaking  experiment in modernism, establishing Goya as a precursor to the later movements of Post-Impressionism, Symbolism and Surrealism.
   The prints in this exhibition were recently discovered in a bound and miscatalogued album which was part of the Robert Henri Art Library gifted to The National Arts Club by Janet Le Clair in 1994.

Pictured above: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,” 1799, Etching and Aquatint
The National Arts Club Permanent Collection

 
Gregg & Trask Galleries
Outside The Lines: Modernist Drawings
January 5 - 31


Opening Reception:
Tuesday, January 6, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Drawings have for centuries offered viewers the most immediate and intimate glimpse of an artist’s perception and sensitivity. From the great preparatory outlines of Renaissance masters  such as Raphael and Andrea del Sarto to the most intimate sketches of the English Romantics, drawings have exerted a great appeal to collectors and art historians. Since the early 20th century, artists have made the argument that drawings can possess inherent qualities that make them a major art form in their own right. By the 1950s, artists were challenging ideas of line and space through the use of unconventional media, energizing the power of drawing itself.
   This intimate yet forceful exhibition presents an eclectic group of artists who have abandoned (or intensified) pen and pencil to create powerful expressions through line. Included are works by Keith Haring, Paul Manes, Will Barnet, Ilya Kabakov, Joan Thorne and Andy Warhol.

Pictured above: Keith Haring (1958-1990), UNTITLED (Subway Drawing), 1984, Chalk on black paper
 
Marquis Galleries
From The Permanent Collection: Focus on Walter Elmer Schofield
January 5 - 31


Reception & Gallery Talk:
Monday, January 26, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Walter Elmer Schofield (1867-1944) was one of the foremost members of the Pennsylvania School of landscape painting in the early twentieth century. He was also among the many Americans associated with the St. Ives art colony on England’s Cornish seacoast, where he depicted harbors, coastlines and rural villages. The National Arts Club is fortunate to hold an impressive and important work from Schofield’s years in Cornwall, Ebb Tide (1912).
   Ebb Tide will be the centerpiece of a special focus exhibition celebrating this National Arts Club Medal of Honor recipient (1913). Also on view will be works by Schofield’s American colleagues associated with the Pennsylvania School and the St. Ives colony.
   Art historian and great grandson of Schofield, James Church, will visit the exhibition on January 26 and present a gallery talk on the art and life of the artist and his modern legacy.

Pictured above: Walter Elmer Schofield (1867-1944)“Ebb Tide.” 1912, Oil on canvas
The National Arts Club Permanent Collection