Red Grooms’ New York City

Red Grooms’ New York City

All Ages
Open through June 1, 2014

Eight original works of New York-based artist evoke energy, sights and sounds of city life!
Red Grooms, the New York-based painter, sculptor and printmaker creates three-dimensional, mixed media pieces that are exuberant, playful and whimsical for adults and children, alike. The Red Grooms’ New York City exhibition is CMOM’s latest to focus on the work of prominent artists, providing families with a view into the artistic process—from inspiration, conception and vision to the act of creating. 

Collateral material will provide children and families with a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s planning and conceptualization of his work. The specially selected pieces for this exhibit help children understand the many different ways of seeing their world and environment.

“I loved the way everything he did crushed itself into some fragile world, the rickety clusters of parts all packed together and then, standing back, you could see the complex whole of it all.” — Bob Dylan on the work of Red Grooms, from Chronicles Volume I by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster, 2005)


Creative, Hands-on Art Workshops and Programs

Held daily throughout the summer: Sketching, creating colorful pop-art construct and “Sculpto-Pictoramas” are just some of the hands-on art projects children can do, right in the exhibit! CMOM educators on-hand to help! View CMOM calendar for workshop times »

Red Grooms: Pop-Art Construction
Explore Red Grooms’ theatrical use of scale and perspective in his colorful pop-art construction, Rockefeller Center. Create your own three-dimensional artwork of your favorite New York City landmark with model magic and recycled materials. Be a storyteller though art: Who are the people inside and outside of the building and what are they doing?
Get Groomed!
Portrait of Francis Bacon combines painting, sculpture and found objects from Red Grooms’ own art studio to create what he calls a “Sculpto-Pictorama.” Use model magic and found objects to make a Sculpto-Pictorama work of art that tells your own story.
Double Decker New York: Above and Below
Red Grooms’ Wollman Rink captures the excitement of urban life in this bi-level work of art, chock full of cartoon-like characters! Be inspired by Grooms’ use of exaggerated physical gestures and perspective — Use colorful tape and fabric to create a two-tiered New York City sculpture.
New York Happening: Mixed Media Art Installation
Red Grooms collaborated with a variety of artists, staging events and art installations called “happenings.” Add to CMOM’s ongoing mixed media installation/communal “happening” by creating your own vision of New York using wood pieces, metal and clay.

Works on Display

Rockefeller Center (1995) 

Mixed media: painted wood, plastic, foam, toy trees and shrubbery in a 
Plexiglas case with electrical components
, 5 x 5 x 2 ft., On loan from a private collection

Rockefeller Center (1995) 
36 1/4 x 23 1/2 in., 
On loan from the artist

Study for Wedding Bells on Fifth Avenue (1999)
 Latex on board, 
40 x 60 in, 
Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery

Wollman Rink (2003)
 Mixed media
, 18 x 43 x 14 1/2 in., 
Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery

Sailor Kelly (1989)
 Painted bronze, 
11 x 27 1/2 x 12 3/4 in., 
On loan from the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection

Madison Avenue Discount Store (1971)
19 7/8 x 41 3/4 in., 
On loan from a private collection

Jack Hammer Blues (2004) Enamel on wood, 20 1/4” x 19 1/2” x 4 1/2”, On loan from Marlborough Gallery

Portrait of Francis Bacon (1990) Mixed media, 82” x 82” x 27”, On loan from Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection


In The News

Watch WNBC's, News 4 New York's interview with CMOM's Andy Ackerman discussing fun summer of exhibits, programs and events! Interview by Roseanne Colletti. View »


Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

CMOM'S New York Treasures Scavenger Hunt, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm

Search for hidden New York treasures throughout CMOM’s five floors of interactive exhibitions in a daily scavenger hunt this summer. Learn fun facts about NYC’s most famous attractions and cultural institutions along the way. Each hidden New York treasure will give you clues to solve a secret message and win a small prize!

Cloud Dough, 10:00am

5 & younger

Explore this fluffy dough as you make cloud-like creations that expand and contract!

Movement & Melodies, 10:30am

5 & younger

Get your music muscles moving! Create a whimsical performance as you compose your own song with our interactive creature video installation!

Way Down Underground: Pop-up Water Science- City Splash , 10:30am

All ages

With support from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, join CMOM educators for some pop-up water experiments and story times in CMOM’s outdoor water exhibit City Splash. Learn about where your water comes from and where it goes as we explore NYC way down underground.

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & older

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.

Parachute Play, 11:30am

5 & younger

Blue and green, yellow and red. What colors can you find over head?

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

EatPlayGrow™: My Five Senses Yoga, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Learn the importance of using all five senses through a mini yoga workshop!

Dem Bones Sing-a-Long, 1:00pm

5 & younger

Sing-a-long with us and get excited about the skeletal system!

Fabulous Fruits Sing-A-Long, 1:30pm

5 & older

Sing-a-long with us and get excited about the fabulous rainbow of fruits!

Dem Bones Collage, 2:00pm

5 & younger

Families are introduced to the skeletal system and the importance of calcium to build strong bones.

Giant Whale Puppets, 2:00pm

5 & younger

Color and collage a giant paper whale and join educators for a telling of The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale by Joyce Denham.

Jam Band, 2:30pm

5 & younger

Use tambourines, maracas, bells and rhythm sticks to make beats as CMOM educators lead you in a collaborative and creative jam session

Camp Out Creations, 3:00pm

5 & younger

Create a mural of a campsite with fuzzy felt. Add to the mural and create stories about the animals who live in the great outdoors!  

Movement & Melodies, 3:30pm

5 & younger

Get your music muscles moving! Create a whimsical performance as you compose your own song with our interactive creature video installation!

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & older

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.

Full Calendar