Exhibitions

DIALOGUE. ENRICHMENT. COMMUNITY.

Manny Cantor Center and Educational Alliance Art School’s Exhibition and Special Programming provide a space and an opportunity for community dialogue around the arts. Exhibits highlight the work produced by program participants as well as the work of emerging and established artists. Special programs related to current exhibits allow for greater connection by exploring exhibit themes and subjects. Learn more about our current exhibit and scroll down to see past exhibitions. 

 

ABOUT THE GALLERY:

The Ernest Rubenstein Gallery has been an integral part of the Educational Alliance’s programming and mission for more than 100 years, bringing art to the community at no-cost and gives Educational Alliance program members – from Head Start classrooms to the senior centers – the opportunity to view their artwork curated in a professional setting. In this way, the Ernest Rubenstein Gallery opens the door to the world of art, making art accessible for all community members.


CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS: 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: THE RED CARD

On View: September 5 to November 11, 2017

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT | All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Card was created by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center to help people know their rights.  Manny Cantor Center proudly presents an exhibit featuring the Red Cards in a number of languages, in the hopes that those who are unaware of the protections afforded to them will become informed and empowered.

ABOUT THE CURATOR | Rachel Libeskind is a New York- based artist, who lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her degree in visual studies and comparative literature from Harvard University. She has shown her work in exhibitions in Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Miami and New York among other cities internationally. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, often merging her installation and performance with her studio practice. Her work deals with issues of identity, the transmutations of past histories and the collection and curation of images and found and conjured objects. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 


PAST EXHIBITIONS: 

THREADS THAT BIND: BORO-LINC COMMUNITY ARTIST EXHIBIT

On view: July 13 to August 25, 2017

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT | As the final event of Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc Manhattan series,
Manny Cantor Center is proud to present a display of work by our Lincoln Center Resident Artist, Cozbi Cabrera. Our Community Quilt, on view in the Jewish Communal Fund Gallery (MCC Lobby), is the
culminating artwork of a series of intergenerational community quilting workshops with Cozbi that explored personal history, family and community, answering questions like: where do we come from? Who came before us? The Ernest Rubenstein Gallery (M FL) display includes paintings from Cozbi’s children’s book, Stitchin’ And Pullin’: A Gees Bend Quilt, and a collection of heirloom dolls similar to those made by guests during our spring Lincoln Center events, created as heirlooms for safekeeping for another generation.

ABOUT THE ARTIST | Cozbi Cabrera is a New York City-based artist who walked away from a successful career as an art director at Sony Music to “discover, create and share pockets of grace and beauty.” Trained as an art director, this Parsons School of Design grad left her dream job make handmade collectible cloth dolls (Muñecas) in honor of her Honduran heritage. Her creations have taken on many forms including painting, clothing, illustrating, and writing several books for children as well as doll-making. Her dolls have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Martha Stewart Living, and many US networks.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


OLDER ADULTS ART EXHIBIT

On View: May 17 to June 15, 2017

The annual Older Adults Art Exhibit showcases the talents of seniors who participate in Educational Alliance’s Weinberg Center for Balanced Living, Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, Project ORE, and Co-op Village NORC programs.  From ceramics and art mosaic tiles to acrylic and watercolor painting, these art classes are open to members – and membership is free to all who are over age 60.
Older Adults Art Exhibit 2017 is supported, in part, by the generous support of Local Business Partner, Karpoff Affiliates, Lower East Side Real Estate Brokerage featuring signature service Moving On NYC, New York’s only comprehensive single stop for senior move management. Learn more: karpoffaffiliates.com | 212.358.8044

“We Are All One But Different, Different But the Same”
Week Of The Young Child Exhibit

On View: April 24 to May 7, 2017

Through art, children express thoughts, feelings, ideas, discoveries, and questions.  

As you view the work in this exhibit, we invite you to take an extra moment to listen to what children say through their art.  Maybe a child is reflecting on a moment in time, a new friend, a special place. Or maybe he or she expresses delight at how sticky glue really can be.  Or perhaps a group of children investigate how different paint colors look when they are layered.   

When children create art, they exercise creativity, observational skills, and imagination; they explore cause and effect, sequencing, translation, volume, direction, and more.  Art offers children limitless opportunities for learning, and adults can support this learning by taking the time to notice and celebrate it. We hope this exhibit offers the opportunity to do just that.


“YOUNG VOICES THROUGH ART: OUR VISIONS OF 2050”

On View: March 31 to April 10, 2017 

The youth we serve through our Boys & Girls Clubhouses of America (BGCA) are a source of inspiration for so many of us here at Educational Alliance. In March, we have the opportunity to celebrate their creativity, talent and boundless potential at the Young Voices Through Art exhibit. The artwork illustrates and explores themes of their future in 2050, created by youth from all nine of our BGCA clubhouses.


“WE THE PEOPLE: COMMUNITY MURAL”
On View: January 23 to March 27, 2017

Following a divisive and contentious 2016 election campaign, Educational Alliance is doubling down on efforts to ensure that every person, regardless of their color, language, or creed is treated with respect. This community is a place where people of all are welcome and our celebrated diversity is one of our greatest assets. The goal of Educational Alliance’s “We The People” initiative to promote inclusiveness and denounce hateful rhetoric towards vulnerable members of our community.

The “We The People” mural, created by world-renowned artists Michael McDevitt and Otis Kriegel of Illegal Art, was unveiled at the launch of the”We The People” initiative, on January 23, 2017, at Manny Cantor Center. 

The mural features lines from the Declaration of Independence that affirm “all men are created equal” in five languages — English, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic. Community members are invited to sign their name on the mural, signifying that they stand with the Lower East Side and East Village in celebrating our diversity. 

Learn more about responsive community resources at Manny Cantor Center here


“ORESTES GONZALEZ: STUDIO VISIT”
On View: January 15 to March 17, 2017
In partnership with Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc, Manny Cantor Center presents a FREE photography exhibition for families from January 15 to March 24. The exhibit,“Orestes Gonzalez: Studio Visit” provides a personal look at artists in their studios through the lens of NYC photographer Orestes Gonzalez, curated by community organizer Carolina Peñafiel.
About the artist: ORESTES GONZALEZ

New York City–based photographer Orestes Gonzalez focuses on portraiture and the urban environment in his work, lending a personal interpretation to the surrounding world. Gonzalez’s series on artists, which he started in 2011, has taken him to studios around the world, including to those in Buenos Aires, Miami, Havana, and Santiago, Chile. Currently, Gonzalez is part of Los Diez, a traveling exhibition of Latin American photography. He is also a contributing editor at Buenos Aires–based Casa FOA and contributing photo editor at LIC Courier Magazine in Queens. www.orestesgonzalezphoto.com

About the curator: CAROLINA PEÑAFIEL

Born in the United States but raised in Chile, Carolina Peñafiel is a community organizer interested in curating and creating cultural projects. Peñafiel has more than 13 years’ experience working with culturally diverse community outreach programs and public relations, and worked extensively with children and adults as an art teacher. Currently, Peñafiel works as the Executive Director and Board Member of Local Project Org, a nonprofit art organization in Long Island City, Queens, and Co-Director of one of the largest art festivals in Queens, the LIC Arts Open Festival.

Major support for Boro-Linc is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Generous support facilitated by The Honorable City Council members Jimmy Van Bramer and I. Daneek Miller.Lead Corporate Support is provided by Time Warner Inc. Additional Corporate Support is provided by DISNEY.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: CHAIM GROSS & 70 YEARS AT EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE
On view: November 10, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Home Away from Home” explores the collaborative 70-year relationship between renowned American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91) and Educational Alliance. Charting the artist’s expansive career, the exhibit explores how the Alliance served as a second home for an immigrant who came from Eastern Europe to America in 1921 to pursue his dream to be a modern artist. Growing from student to teacher, Gross taught sculpture for over 50 years to hundreds of students at Educational Alliance Art School, a symbiotic relationship that gave him a foundation in New York City to cement his own identity as an artist.

The exhibit features wood and bronze sculptures, as well as prints and drawings by Gross. A focused section on self-portraits by Gross helps tell the rich story of Gross’s artistic evolution as an immigrant artist within the Lower East Side community in the early 20th century. A highlight of the exhibit is a selection of historic African sculptures from Gross’s personal art collection that he began to collect in the 1930s.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


THREE BALCONIES AND A DOOR
On View: August 30 to November 1, 2016
Re-imagining the journeys of found objects from daily life is a central theme of Michal Nachmany’s art. In Three Balconies and a Door, her new exhibition at Manny Cantor Center, mixed media art pieces are intertwined between three balconies, each representing one of the distinct Lower East Side communities.

Michal Nachmany is an artist and educator based in New York City. Born in Jerusalem in 1958, Nachmany moved to New York in the 1980s. Her work juxtaposes themes of personal and cultural narrative, nostalgia, and repetition using memorabilia, legal contracts, letters, photo albums and other found objects. Her work brings together different elements that open up dialogues between communities of objects, giving them new life and new context. Thus, her exhibitions become a place where the community can come together to connect with art, objects, and each other.

Connect with Michal Nachmany at MichalNachmanyArt.com.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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OTHER WORLDS FACULTY ART SHOW

On View: July 2016

Our talented Educational Alliance Art School teachers usually helps student shine so we are so excited to put the spotlight on them with our Faculty Art Show opening in two weeks.
 
Our featured lobby exhibition will be Other Worlds: Rarely Seen Works by Jodie Niss. Jodie is one of our beloved painting instructors and we are thrilled to showcase her surreal, imaginative work.
 
Stay turned to our Faculty Art Exhibition page for new details on the upcoming show.
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WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD 

On View: April 13 – May 4, 2016

Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment at home, at child care, at school and in the community- that will promote their early learning.

From April 13th through May 4th we will display our children’s artwork in the Earnest Rubenstein Gallery in the celebration of the Week of the Young Child and Immigrant Heritage Week. Please stop by!


THE GENIUS OF GEOFFREY HOLDER

On View: January 31 to April1, 2016

Born and raised in Trinidad, Geoffrey Holder revealed his genius in his long career in dance, theater, film, music, and art. As a choreographer, designer, director, and actor, Holder is well represented in all of the research and circulating collections of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. In this exhibition, he is honored for his performing career in dance and theater, his Tony Award–winning work as director and costume designer for The Wiz, and contributions to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Presented in association with Lincoln Center Out of Doors as part of Boro-Linc at Manny Cantor Center. Exhibition is on view at Manny Cantor’s Jewish Communal Fund and Ernest Rubenstein Galleries.


STRUCTURES

ON VIEW: DECEMBER 17, 2015 – JANUARY 21, 2016

Structures, a group art exhibition curated by Keith Schweitzer, explores the built environment of the Lower East Side. By thematically connecting the viewer to the constructed surroundings of this neighborhood, Structures draws attention to the range of elements that create a framework for the common lived experiences of work, play, congregation, and learning. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations.


ROOTED: THE ECOLOGICAL DUALITY OF NATURE AND JEWISH IDENTITY
Art Kibbutz Exhibition at Manny Cantor Center, New York City

ON VIEW: OCTOBER 13 – DECEMBER 1, 2015 

Rooted explores the dual role of art embedded in the environment and in Jewish identity. Presented by Art Kibbutz, and co-sponsored by the Jewish Art Salon and Manny Cantor Center, Rooted highlights the complex and deeply rooted relationships featured artists have to the changing natural environment and to Jewish culture. This group exhibition invites art enthusiasts, environmental activists, and the wider community to experience the artwork in the galleries and contemplate their own roots. Read more


POP UP EXHIBITION: FEARGAL DOYLE

ON VIEW: SEPTEMBER 1 – OCTOBER 7, 2015

Back to school season brings with it a pop-up exhibition in our lobby, featuring works by local, LES-based artist Feargal Doyle. Doyle’s paintings depict memories of people, places and events through the lens of his own experiential understanding of the world. Manny Cantor Center is thrilled to feature this work, which is in dialogue with the ways we encourage everyone at our center to grow through self expression – from preschoolers and youth, to art students and seniors.


EXHIBITION/MOVING STORIES
Featured as part of the Annual Older Adults Art Exhibition in celebration of Older Americans Month and LES History Month

ON VIEW: MAY 13 – JUNE 24, 2015

…A laundered synagogue on Madison Street, A first kiss at Seward Park Library, Biking hands free on the East River Path…

Guided by artist and Lower East Sider, Laura Nova, Moving Stories is an interactive walking tour on the Lower East Side that encourages senior citizens to combine physical movement and memory developed through a series of storytelling workshops and group walks.

Created in partnership with the Weinberg Center for Balanced Living at the Manny Cantor Center, this immersive journey unravels stories of people and places and preserving personal identity, community and connection.

Learn more about Moving Stories activities and public programs.


OLDER ADULTS ART EXHIBITION

ON VIEW: MAY 13 – JUNE 24, 2015

May is Older Americans Month – a tradition dating back to 1963 to honor the legacies and ongoing contributions of older Americans and support them as they enter the next stage in life. Older Adults Month Art Exhibit celebrates work by seniors participating in our Weinberg Center and other Educational Alliance senior center art programs.


WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD™ EXHIBITION

ON VIEW: APRIL 13 – MAY 5, 2015

Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community — that will promote their early learning. Read more


ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT
A survey of Lower East Side Artists | Curated by Linda Griggs with Curatorial Advisor, Yona Verwer 

ON VIEW: FEBRUARY 12 – APRIL 1, 2015 

Lore would have it that the storied past of the Lower East Side and East Village art scenes ended with gentrification in the 90’s. But some of those very artists have stayed and continued making art. This show is a survey of current Lower East Side artists — those still engaged in a forever changing and a forever the same neighborhood; of those still making art, all together, different.

Read more.

All | Together | Different is a project of the Educational Alliance Art School @ Manny Cantor Center 


ART SCHOOL FACULTY EXHIBIT
ON VIEW: DECEMBER 10, 2014 – JANUARY 1, 2015

This exhibition, on view in the Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, features the work of nine celebrated Art School faculty members. Catch a glimpse of these sculptors, painters, ceramists, and cartoonists’ ideas, on art and about their personal philosophies.

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