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Steven Harvey and June Leaf: What We Remember

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.

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June Leaf (b. Chicago, 1929) lives and works in New York City and Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

For over seven decades, Leaf has explored the human figure, landscape, and mechanical systems in her narrative drawings and paintings and hand-made, kinetic sculpture. In her legendary studio, she works inventively and agilely with a prolific range of material, juxtaposing and layering each composition and often working simultaneously on various surfaces.

June Leaf ’s work has been exhibited and collected worldwide since 1948 when she was invited to participate in that year’s Annual Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2016, Leaf was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Other notable exhibitions include: a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1978); A Survey of Painting, Sculpture and Works on Paper, 1948-1991, Addison Gallery of American Art (1991); and June Leaf, Museum Tinguely, Basel Switzerland (2004). Museum collections include the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. Leaf is the recipient of many prestigious awards including a Fulbright Grant (1958), a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1989) as well as honorary degrees from DePaul University, IL and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

 

Steven Harvey is a 67-year-old-art dealer with a gallery located at 208 Forsyth Street in the Lower East Side focused on contemporary painting. Steven Harvey has made exhibitions of Bob Thompson’s drawings, Katherine Bradford’s ships, Sandro Chia’s works on paper and Stanley Rosen’s ceramics, Previously, he served as director of contemporary exhibitions at Salander O’Reilly Gallery. He has organized exhibitions of James Lee Byars, Louis Michel Eilshemius, Louisa Matthiasdottir and The Guerilla Art Action Group.

He also worked as a music journalist in the eighties writing about dance music. He has written extensively about art and popular music.

In 2015, Harvey presented an exhibition of June Leaf’s drawings, along with painting and sculpture. He met Leaf through her husband, Robert Frank, who was a friend of his father, Jason Harvey.

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