The Gallatin Galleries is an exhibition space that serves Gallatin students, alumni, faculty, and the broader community through shows that engage in the conversations taking place in the arts as well as as in the academic, social, and political spheres. The Gallery works to expand the dialogue of ideas with the shows it hosts and invites students and faculty to see the space as a site of exploration of ideas, practices, and creative forms. The main Gallery is on the ground floor facing Washington Place. The Gallery extends to the communal spaces on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors. The Gallery and curator are also responsible for Gallatin’s permanent collection, which is installed throughout the building.
The Gallatin Galleries’s primary mission is to reflect Gallatin as a space for of individualized study, interdisciplinary thought, and a complex web of interests, passions and explorations. The primary mission of The Gallatin Galleries is to reflect NYU Gallatin as a space for individualized study, interdisciplinary thought, and for the exploration of the interests and passions of students, alumni, and faculty. The Gallery’s pedagogical goals equally reflect the School as a site of inquiry. The Gallery space is a creative laboratory through which current issues can be seen anew.
As the frame within which contemporary art has expanded, the Gallery has no central media-based focus and works to represent the complexity of contemporary practice, whether traditional two dimensional work, time-based arts, architecture, performance, installation, or other forms.
It is the goal of the Gallery to reflect the most current ideas and arguments and to create a space as inclusive as it is representative – not only of the society as it is, but as we hope it to be. In that vein, the Gallery works to have an exhibition program that is as broad-ranging as possible in terms of identity, culture, and context. Since The Gallatin Galleries’s beginning, it has been a host to artists and ideas that come from all sectors of society, focusing as often as possible on the underrepresented.
Set in the Gallatin School, the Gallery hosts two main types of shows: thematic shows and those focused on student, alumni, and faculty work. These categories usually overlap, as almost all the thematic shows strive to draw from the Gallatin community and from internationally known artists. Student and alumni exhibitions are almost always thematic.
The Gallatin Galleries was founded in 2009 after the renovation of 1 Washington Place. Since its founding, the Gallery shows the work of students, faculty, alumni, and internationally known artists. The Gallery was given its name to reflect The Gallatin School and as an echo of Albert Eugene Gallatin’s Gallery and Museum of Living Art (1927-1943).
Pedagogy is a central part of the Gallery philosophy and takes place through class visits, talks, and panel discussions, working with student artists and through Gallery assistantships. As part of many of the thematic shows, the Gallery hosts panel discussions, artist talks, and interactive forums. The Gallery actively engages with Gallatin courses, encouraging faculty and students to use the space as a learning laboratory and a site for discussion of themes and ideas explored in the classroom. The gallery assistants, most often Gallatin students, are encouraged to work closely with all artists, installers, and curators and to propose shows, artists, and ideas. The experience of the gallery assistants is as practical as it is theoretical.
As part of the ongoing work of the Gallery, our team maintains and expands an ongoing archive of shows at the Galleries, the permanent collection, and past Gallatin Arts Festivals.
Your thoughts and suggestions may be sent to Curator Keith Miller, email@example.com
Keith Miller has been the curator of the Gallatin Galleries since it opened in 2008. Prior to that he was the founding curator of the SAC Gallery at Stony Brook University from 2001 to 200, and has curated over forty thematic gallery and museum exhibitions. His curatorial practice begins from the premise that the gallery is a site for engaged political conversation. He has been a part time professor at Gallatin School for Individualized Study at NYU since 2006 and was awarded the Gallatin School Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.
He is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2014 Jerome Fellow and works as a filmmaker, artist, and curator. His paintings and videos have been shown in various solo and group shows throughout the world. His film Five Star won Best Editing for a Narrative Feature at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, where it premiered, and had its international premiere at the Venice Biennale. Five Star can be seen on Netflix. His first feature film, Welcome to Pine Hill, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance Film Festival 2012 and at the Atlanta Film Festival, and several other awards. He is the co-creator of the 2016 Brooklynification, a comedy series on BRIC TV.
MELINDA CARDENAS is a junior at Gallatin studying technology’s affects on marginalized groups. She currently volunteers with the International Rescue Committee and is a part of the E-Board for the IRC chapter at NYU. She hopes to one day work with organizations that protect the rights of migrant and incarcerated populations in the age of the technological revolution. In her free time, Melinda dances with DCA and dyes her hair different colors.
ANKITA SETHI is a junior from India interested in the different ways science and art can impact our understanding and practice of empathy and how each of these disciplines are an integral part of and inspire the other in practice. She is a curatorial assistant at the Gallatin Galleries and a former GAF artist who exhibited an installation based on the interplay of religion, art, and technology centered on the concept of Indulgence using poetry coding, an an Arduino. She loves everything about water all the colors and shapes and textures of nothing and everything.
GAVIN ELIAN RODRIGUEZ is a freshman studying Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the arts at NYU. In his free time, he is a street photographer exploring the different boroughs of New York City. Gavin aspires to develop a career in working as Director of Photography for Films/TV Shows, and photojournalism.
CLAUDIA ELIZABETH VERA is a current junior in Gallatin studying the intersections of art, technology, and sexology within curatorial practice. In her spare time, Claudia enjoys making ink drawings, playing guitar, and binge watching Broad City. She hopes to one day curate her own gallery show that explores how digital design problematizes art ethics.
KAROLINA OCHOA-MONTES is a freshman at Gallatin interested in studying architecture or interior design and sustainability. She is a curatorial assistant at the Gallatin Galleries primarily working on the installation process. In her free time, she enjoys oil painting and dancing salsa.
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