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) 
Lithograph, 
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)
 Lithograph, 
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 »

 

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Calendar

Little Artist: Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus!, 10:00am

4 & younger

Octopuses have two eyes and eight arms.  They don’t have a skeleton but they protect themselves with an expulsion of ink!  Read Julie Mark’s picture book Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus.  Create an octopus and design clothes for the eight-armed creature!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new descriptive vocabulary, process of creation sensory exploration, color and shape recognition, creative expression.
 

Duke Ellington: Big Band Instrument Making, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 2pm
Edward “Duke” Ellington was not only a talented jazz performer, but also a composer and the conductor of his own Big Band. Many of the famous pieces of jazz we know today – known as ‘standards’ – were written by Duke for his band, and for the specific talents of his musicians. Inspired by the individual style of these talented performers, build your own musical instruments similar to the ones you hear in Duke Ellington’s music.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Record Spin Art, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 2pm
Explore how records and influenced the spread of jazz and its culture through the Harlem Renaissance. Visitors will then create jazz inspired spin-art records.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Swept Away: When Water Meets Sand, 10:30am

4 & younger

10:30am - 4pm
Explore how water changes ecosystems with our new Erosion Table! Discover water’s power on Earth’s surface by creating rivers and lakes through sand.
 

Thinking Like a Composer: Understanding Sheet Music (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Music is made up of notes of different pitches, from low to high. An important characteristic of jazz music is that these notes are arranged in unusual rhythms. Examine a historic score sheet by composers such as Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams. Then match the sounds that you hear with notes on the paper and create your own score.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Lincoln Center Atrium: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – Repeat the Beat: Tap Your Feet , 11:00am

All ages

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson is thought to be the most famous tap dancer of the 20th century.  His style transitioned from a soft and flat-footed shuffling motion to a delicate and precise art; making him celebrated for his light and exacting footwork. Design your own tap shoes to create rhythms with our feet!  
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.
 

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect).

Little Artist: Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus!, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Octopuses have two eyes and eight arms.  They don’t have a skeleton but they protect themselves with an expulsion of ink!  Read Julie Mark’s picture book Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus.  Create an octopus and design clothes for the eight-armed creature!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new descriptive vocabulary, process of creation sensory exploration, color and shape recognition, creative expression.
 

Experiment with Pitch (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Join our old fashioned “jug band” while experimenting with sound effects. Blow across the opening of the bottle to produce the lowest or highest sounds to learn about pitch. Does the shape of the bottle affect the sound you make?  What kind of sounds can you produce without water? Can you create notes by adding different amounts of water in each bottle?
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect).

All Jazzed Up Performance Series: Johnathan Blake, 3:00pm

All ages

Appearing in over 50 albums, Johnathan Blake is a powerful composer, drummer and band leader.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.
 

All Jazzed Up Performance Series: Johnathan Blake, 4:00pm

All ages

Appearing in over 50 albums, Johnathan Blake is a powerful composer, drummer and band leader.
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

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