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Category: History

“Game Changer: Mercedes Matter” in Gagosian Quarterly

Lauren Mahony and Michael Tcheyan pay homage to the founder of the New York Studio School in Gagosian Quarterly. Mercedes Matter’s devotion to art and artists, manifest in her founding of the New York Studio School, was instilled in her early on. Born Jeanne Carles in Philadelphia in 1913, the future artist, writer, and educator […]

October 28, 2020 · History

Francis Morrone on the Whitney Studio

In this excerpt, architectural historian Francis Morrone describes the creation of the Whitney Studio, designed by Robert Winthrop Chanler and Grosvenor Atterbury. Recorded on December 7, 2016.

The Whitney Studio at New York Studio School Named National Treasure

“The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village, operated out of the New York Studio School, has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust. The studio, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992, and was included on the World Monument Fund’s 2012 Watch List, was built in 1877 as a carriage […]

October 15, 2014 · History, Whitney

World Monuments Fund Watch Day

The New York Studio School was placed on the World Monuments Fund Watch List for 2012, and recently students worked on a scale transcription of the Chanler ceiling for ‘Watch Day 2012.’  Full time students used charcoal, mirrors and ladders to energetically transcribe the swirling motifs of sea and celestial creatures, flames, and figures that […]

September 25, 2012 · History, Whitney

1918… The First Marathon?

In 1918, a case can be made for the original ‘Marathons’ at 8th Street.  Twenty painters drew numbers, turned up at 8 West 8th Street and were given canvasses of different sizes, depending on the number they drew, and were instructed to paint pictures on the spot from memory without sitters or models over three […]

August 24, 2012 · History, Marathons, Whitney