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 »


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CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
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Messy with Art: Cloud Dough, 10:00am

4 & younger

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

EatPlayGrow™ Wednesdays: Go, Slow, Whoa Storytime, 10:00am

4 & younger

Learn the importance of healthy eating and learn new vocabulary through a storytime of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Gregory, the Terrible Eater.

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

EatPlayGrow™: Go, Slow, Whoa Stoplight, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Make a food stoplight! Learn about nutrition by introducing the concept of GO, SLOW or WHOA! Then, using a selection of green, yellow and red color-coded food images, children will create a collage that helps them learn to identify healthy food choices by categorizing them as GO, SLOW, or WHOA foods.

CMOM Kamishibai , 2:00pm

All ages

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern, kawaii-inspired stories.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Too Cute Fashion! So Kawaii!, 2:45pm

All ages

Design your own sunglasses or armband and learn about the colorful aesthetics of kawaii (too cute), the popular, child-inspired fashion. 


Laundry Day!, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Join us as we suds up our baby doll clothes! Don’t forget to hang them up to dry!

Full Calendar