Red Grooms’ New York City
Opening June 28, Red Grooms’ New York City continues CMOM’s focus on exhibitions of prominent artists. Grooms has had a prolific career as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, filmmaker and theater designer. His work reflects the City’s frenetic energy, exuberance and playfulness through a visually stimulating, layered approach. Thought-provoking and whimsical for adults and children alike, the exhibition highlights CMOM’s commitment to provide families with access to fine works of art early in life and exposure to the art-making process.
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 Red Grooms, from his book, Chronicles Volume I
Creative, Hands-on Art Workshops and Programs
Creative, hands-on art workshops and programs based on the work of Red Grooms will be held daily.
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?
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