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 Gallery
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
November 3 - 29

ARTnews named Ilya Kabakov one of the world’s 10 greatest artists. He and his wife Emilia, work together and are widely recognized as the most important Russian artists to have emerged in the late 20th century.
   This exhibit includes drawings of realized installations and models of the same, as well as projects which include the construction of complex artistic objects. These integrated installations complement and correspond to their specific geographic location.  The idea of freedom and the expansion of social societies is present in each project.  No matter how unrealistic they may appear, the inherent dream and hope found in them, encourage the viewer to return time and again to analyze their own opinion of a perfect utopian society.
   Audiences and critics hail their exhibitions in leading museums around the world.  In 2008, they were awarded the Praemium Imperiale, a global art prize established by the Emporer of Japan to honor fields that the Nobel Prize does not cover.
Marquis Gallery
Kiki Valdes: Riding Dualism
November 3 - 30

The National Arts Club is pleased to present Kiki Valdes in a preview of his upcoming appearance at Art Basel/Miami.
   Through a new series of complex paintings, Valdes explores questions of identity, lineage, and politics. Born in Miami in 1981, Valdes’ paintings constantly battle between thoughts of abstraction and familiar memories of American life and childhood cartoon elements. Combining this with the rodeo culture of his heritage, the artist’s striking imagery translates into a fusion of composition and color that playfully reminds us of the duality shadowing one’s own path. The multifaceted figures in his works are often shown being aggressively thrown off horses and bulls, leaving us to wonder which of the individual beasts is really in control.
Trask Gallery
Society of Scribes
November 3 - 29

The Society of Scribes’ Annual Members Exhibition of calligraphy, “Linear Language”, will be held in the Trask Gallery at the NAC from November 3 through 22, with a reception on Tuesday, November 4th, from 6 to 8 p.m., at which the presenter will be the U.K.-based calligrapher, Paul Antonio, displaying and speaking on paleography. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in New York this season, the SoS includes among its members many of the most distinguished practitioners of the calligraphic arts in several Western and non-Western languages and writing styles, as well as students, aficionados and devotees of this beautiful, hand-written art.
   The SoS offers a wide range of classes and workshops in different styles and forms of calligraphy, as well as special programs and activities. This year’s Annual Fair, to be held on November 16, from 11am to 4pm at the Brotherhood Synagogue on Gramercy Park. The fair will feature demonstrations of writing in Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew as well as a number of Latinate alphabets, and even Braille. There is no admission charge.
Gregg Gallery
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
November 10 - 29

Complementing the exhibit in the Grand Gallery, we also present a collection of models hand selected by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.
   Included in the collection is The Ship of Tolerance. The mission of The Ship of Tolerance is to educate and connect youth of different continents, cultures, and identities through the language of art. It is a conceptual piece that is meant to reflect how divergent cultures interpret tolerance and how these interpretations overlap. The ship’s sails are stitched together from paintings by hundreds of local schoolchildren from different ethnic and social backgrounds, and will convey a message of tolerance and hope.
   In September 2013, The Ship of Tolerance was launched in NYC. A selection of 150 public school students’ (age 5-13) paintings were sewn together to create its sail. Five previous interpretations of this project have taken place in Siwa, Egypt; Venice, Italy; San Moritz, Switzerland, and Sharjah, UAE.
   Enjoy this model and several other major pieces including The Cupola, How to Meet an Angel and The Red Vagon. This is a rare opportunity to see this finely curated exhibition of models.

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 boulder patterned fireplace of the same style.

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

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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